The Art of the Table, from Ancient Rome to today
At the château of Suze-la-Rousse, an archaeologist, an artist, two art historians, and culinary designers have been invited to create a table representative of a given period from Ancient Rome to today. Each has recreated or invented a table, chosen the setting, the furniture, the tableware whilst highlighting the rituals around meals. Table manners thus emerge, all as peculiar as one another, the pleasure of the performance is showing through: "The table is a stage, whatever the place, the conditions, whatever the period and the quality of the meal being served: one talks, one tastes, one eats there. The body is in action, an actor. The stage design is singular. The acting also. The emotion, the passions, the feelings are all there" (1).
Based on private and public collections, antique objects and contemporary creations, this exhibition examines the way of living and behaving in society in past and present times.
(1) Michel Onfray, La Raison gourmande, Grasset/Figures, 1995
For further information on the event, see below in French.