Cokeryen - Photo Film Food. Tony Le Duc/Frans Snijders

The refurbished and renovated Snijders&Rockox House will open its doors in February 2018. Both town houses will be combined, after their careful restoration. The first exhibition in the Snijders&Rockox House zooms in on a culinary experience and is titled Cokeryen. The culinary photographer Tony Le Duc has succeeded in elevating basic food to the status of art. A talent that the Baroque painter Frans Snijders had in common with Le Duc.

Culinary experience

We look over the shoulders of Nicolaas Rockox and Frans Snijders, learning how art is created, collections are displayed, in markets and on beautifully set tables, in nature and in gardens, at humanist and ordinary citizens during the turbulent Baroque era.

The food photographer Tony Le Duc engages in a dialogue with these seventeenth-century promoters of good taste, with fresh food, from the seas, the river and the land, with Frans Snijders and his contemporaries. The photographer adds a contemporary twist to the Baroque. Tony Le Duc has succeeded in elevating basic food to the status of art. A talent that the Baroque painter Frans Snijders has in common with Le Duc. Le Duc is inspired by Baroque food still-lifes and uses new photo and video work to develop a fresh perspective on Baroque.

Baroque recipes

Le Duc also taps into another source of inspiration, delving deeper into Antonius Magirus’s cookbook from 1612. He has selected recipes from the past, sharing them with fifteen Antwerp chefs and asking them to create their own contemporary version of this old recipe.  Le Duc photographs the new interpretations of these recipes. He has decided to work with a seventeenth-century colour palette, the multiple layers and the transitory nature of everything, the vanitas, in his own Baroque style, in 2018.

Still-lifes of Frans Snijders

Carper ende ghimber, caneel ende rosijn; Quaeckels, lijstres, vincken ende diergelijcke in deech; Potagie ... Carp, ginger, cinnamon and raisins, quails, thrushes, finches and other fowl in pastry, porridge... These are just a few of the foods that seventeenth-century citizens would indulge in. You can find the ingredients for these meals in the imposing market scenes and still-lifes by Frans Snijders and his contemporaries. The culinary photographer Tony Le Duc has the same keen eye as Snijders and has succeeded in transforming a cornucopia of food into a visually stunning photo. Le Duc is a master conjurer with colour and composition. Put up his photos alongside seventeenth-century still-lifes and an extraordinary tension develops, especially because of the presentation of photos and films on the floor. This only enhances and accentuates the paintings on display.

A delicious exhibition in the home and studio of Frans Snijders. After looking at all that good food, it’s time to taste a typical Baroque dish in a restaurant or buy some from the Baroque food truck.

Snijders&Rockox House | 28.09.2018 - 13.01.2019

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