Exhibition Overview

Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity is the first major museum exhibition dedicated to the visualization and drawing practices of master chef Ferran Adrià, and the first to focus on the role of drawing in Adrià’s quest to model creativity.

Ferran Adrià is one of the best chefs in the world; his complex body of work positions the medium as both a philosophical tool—used to organize and convey knowledge—and as a physical object—used to synthesize more than 20 years of innovation in the kitchen.

Born in 1962 in Barcelona, Spain, Adrià is one of the most important avant-garde chefs of this century. He has pushed culinary boundaries with both knowledge and wit, transforming the art of cooking into an art of food. Adrià and his team filled hundreds of notebooks with concepts, ideas, collaged photographs, and loose sketches of new dishes for elBulli, the award-winning restaurant and cooking atelier that Adrià ran from 1985 to 2011. This use of drawing to articulate cuisine as both a product and a concept is indicative of Adrià’s model of creativity as flux, wide-rangng and ever-changing. Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity charts the origins of that model in Adrià’s intellectual and philosophical ideas about gastronomy, which have forever changed how we think about food.

Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity began an international tour at the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Cleveland, in 2014, continuted to the Nelson-Atkins Museum, in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 2015, and will move to the Marres House for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht, The Netherlands, in March 2016.

Top image:
Still from 1846, 2013, digital film, duration: 1 hour, 27 minutes, produced by The Drawing Center, elBullirestaurant, and Mogollon, courtesy of elBullifoundation


Ferran Adrià, Plating Diagram, c. 2000–04, colored pen on graph paper, courtesy of elBullifoundation

Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity
Curated by Brett Littman
Organized by The Drawing Center, NY
Dom Pérignon is the presenting partner of Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity.
Additional support is provided by the Institut Ramon Llull, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), and Lavazza.