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Antoni Miralda

(TERRASSA, 1944)

Miralda lived in Paris during the sixties, working as a fashion photographer for Elle magazine. His first works of art were assemblages which comprised a mass of white plastic toy soldiers. In Paris he began to undertake projects which involved the ceremony of eating using colour and symbolism.
He lived in New York from the seventies through to the nineties, working in public spaces and on projects concerning the edible, such as the urban Wheat & Steak project in Kansas City (1981), a metaphor for the harvest in the North-American context.

A noteworthy project was his Honeymoon Project (1986-1992), which consisted in the celebration of the imaginary wedding of the Statue of Liberty and the Monument to Christopher Columbus in Barcelona, through which he sought to explore the cultural fusion between the new and the old world with the life-size creation of the monuments of the couple's honeymoon accoutrements. The project involved work in New York, Barcelona, Venice, Tokyo, Paris, Miami and Las Vegas and various guest artists also participated.

He created the restaurant "El Internacional" with chef Montse Guillén in the Tribeca District of New York, and later the "Big Fish Mayaimi" in Miami River.
He was the creative force behind the Food Pavilion in the Hanover 2000, using the concept of "Food as Culture". Pieces such as the "Infinity Table", "Laptop Altar" and the "Language of Tongues" were displayed and the pavilion itself was one of the most visited in the Expo.

He currently lives between Miami and Barcelona, and dedicates his work to the FoodCulturaMuseum which was created in the year 2000 by Miralda and Guillén as a "museum without walls" in order to explore, conserve and publicise the culture of food at an international level.

The Miralda-FoodCulturaMuseum has a wide range of projects, including the "Tastes and Tongues", project which is based on collective investigation and participation and a reflection on the gastronomic-cultural wealth of various cities: Lima, La Havana (14th Biennial), Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo (27th Biennial) and Mexico City, among others.

The FoodCulturaMuseum has been set up as an archive centre and a private non-profit making foundation, with two headquarters, one in Barcelona and another in Miami where collections of food culture are kept with graphic and audiovisual material, books, music, examples of popular language, documents, etc.

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