An exhibition on Picasso’s kitchen and cooking? Why not? There is nothing at all incongruous in the idea, because cooking is a subtle revelation of Picasso’s art: painting, engraving, sculpture, ceramics, poetry and theatre.
What is more, we should not neglect the role of the restaurant as a meeting place for the avant-gardes, from Quatre Gats tavern in Barcelona to Au Lapin Agile on Montmartre, where the bohemians of the time and Picasso’s little entourage would share a table. Food, utensils and places related to cooking have a tremendous power to evoke and link ideas.
Indeed, the very act of eating and digesting is a metaphor for a creative artist. In the edible – and even the inedible – there is the joyful possibility of swallowing the world. Picasso had this taste for the world and every tangible thing in it, to the point of biting into it: ‘I can no longer bear the miracle of knowing nothing in this world and of having learnt nothing except to love things and eat them alive.’
His endless inventions and the euphoria of his imagination bear witness to an insatiable appetite: Picasso enters the arena of the kitchen and the great ceremony begins. As Heraclitus said: ‘the gods are in the kitchen’