CHRIS ANTEMANN in Exposition Ceramiques Gourmandes

Fondation Bernardaud, France June 21, 2019 - October 31, 2020


Fondation Bernardaud

In conjunction with the exhibition Exposition Céramiques Gourmandes, organized by Olivier Castaing (Exhibition curator) and Hélène Huret (Director of the Fondation Bernardaud). Artist Chris Antemann’s Dining in the Orangery was a featured installation at Limoge (France) along with works by fourteen international artists with a taste for ceramic: the crème de la crème!


June 21, 2019 – October 31, 2020

Exposition Céramiques Gourmandes

Limoges, France

Dining in the Orangery

Installation at Bernardaud

When art becomes epicurean, voracious, pie-eyed with the pleasures of the palate—inventing dishes, desserts, pieces montées or banquet scenes—sinking its teeth into an examination of our relationship with food (guilty, sensual, problematic)—we have Céramiques gourmandes, an exhibition cooked up by the Fondation Bernardaud, featuring fourteen international artists with a taste for ceramic: the crème de la crème!

Fired clay and fine fare have long been companions. Gustatory pleasure has inspired artists in every era: what we eat says so much about humankind, its environment and its excesses. The feasts we see here are technical feats, to be savored visually, virtually. Like a mouthwatering promise. You can almost hear the “mmmm”s, “yum”s, and “more”s.


In the 18th century, during the vogue for naturalism, ceramicists played with trompe l’oeil. Fantasies in faience and porcelain, decorated plates or trick displays, were wildly popular through Europe—England, Hungary, Germany, and France. There were reproductions of radishes, artichoke quarters, and hard-boiled eggs, sometimes doused in mayonnaise. Kilns yielded compotiers full of olives and bouchées à la reine. There were terrines in the form of pheasants, ducks, roosters; plates disguised as hearts of lettuce or bunches of asparagus; bonbonnières as lemons. Bestiary and kitchen garden were called upon to decorate festal tables.


Delectation is always a question of taste. Gluttons are scourged; gourmets’ refinement encouraged. What we eat reveals what we are. And in our consumer societies, now grown obese, the question of food is at the heart of sanitary, political, and ecological issues.


Installation at Bernardaud


Olivier Castaing, Exhibition curator

Hélène Huret, Director of the Fondation Bernardaud

Contact Presse Hélène Huret : hhuret(at)


Chris Antemann (USA)
Bachelot & Caron (France)
Anna Barlow (UK)
Charlotte Coquen (France)
Christina Erives (Mexico)
Jae Yong Kim (Korea)
Juujuu Kim (Korea)
Yuko Kuramatsu (Japan)
Kaori Kurihara (Japan)
Shayna Leib (USA)
Susan Nemeth (UK)
Marie Rancillac (France)
Dong Won Shin (Korea)
Jessica Stoller (USA)



Chris Antemann is known for work inspired by 18th-century porcelain figurines, employing a unity of design and concept to simultaneously examine and parody male and female relationship roles. Characters, themes, and incidents build upon each other, effectively forming their own language that speaks about domestic rites, social etiquette, and taboos. Themes from the classics and the romantics are given a contemporary edge; elaborate dinner parties, picnic luncheons, and ornamental gardens set the stage for her twisted tales to unfold.