It’s been a year since we opened Making Art Public: 50 Years of Kaldor Public Art Projects at the Art Gallery of NSW, and to celebrate, we’re excited to share documentation of a commissioned live work by artist Miralda.
Best known for his artworks combining food, colour and ritual, Catalan artist Miralda created a kaleidoscopic feast in celebration of our 50th anniversary in September 2019.
In the moments before the curtain lifted, we captured Miralda at work on Five Feastables, a spectacular event commissioned by Kaldor Public Art Projects and presented at the Art Gallery of NSW. The work’s technicolour food, emu-egg instrumentation and dazzling table settings formed part of a participatory spectacle inspired by our 50 year history.
Miralda’s collaboration with John Kaldor dates back to 1973, when he created Coloured feast for the opening of the John Kaldor Fabricmaker showrooms, and Coloured bread at the Art Gallery of NSW as Kaldor Public Art Project 4. The memorable rainbow-coloured bread was recreated for the exhibition Making Art Public in 2019, with Miralda consulting on the creation of new loaves for his project’s popular “archive box”. Read more about the process in the Gallery’s brilliant blog post.
The video is directed by James Vaughan, with cinematography by Dimitri Zaunders. Artwork collaborators on Five Feastables are Dessislava Pirinchieva, Chiswick at the Gallery, Anthea Leonard, Keiran McKay, Megan Alice Clune, Holly Conner and Saskia Havekes.