Coffee, Art and Gastronomy at Somerset House:
Anyone who knows anything about food will already have heard about the elBulli exhibition at Somerset House. Ferran Adria built elBulli into a centre of culinary excellence so that it was acclaimed as the worlds best restaurant…and then, closed it down. The retrospective takes a behind the scenes look at the laboratory and kitchen in Cala Monjoi which evolved over some 50 years. And, Adria himself has said that ‘even though the restaurant is now closed, the spirit of elBulli is still very much alive…’
Alongside the elBulli exhibition is ‘I Only Want You to Love Me’ – a major retrospective of photographer Miles Aldridge’s work, to coincide with the publication of the book by the same name, published by Rizzoli. This is the largest exhibition of his work to date and will include large-scale photographic prints from throughout his career including previously unpublished material as well as hand-drawn story-boards, drawings, polaroids and magazines, offering an intimate insight into Aldridge’s point of view and process. The exhibition is sponsored by my favourite Coffee, Lavazza who have collaborated in the past with Miles Aldridge – he conceptualised and shot the Lavazza calendar in 2010 and also contributed a self portrait to the 20th edition of the calendar in 2012.
If, like me, you fee the need for a coffee after all that art, The Lavazza Café Bar, a contemporary white lounge, is a a stylish place for visitors to relax who are passing through Somerset House or coming especially for the exhibition. Coffee lovers can enjoy three works by Miles Aldridge on public view in the café, which are not included in the retrospective. Also, a Lavazza logo made of brilliant blue light bulbs will be displayed which is inspired by Aldridge’s popular Nessun Dorma photo.
The two exhibitions are running at Somerset House until 29 September 2013 and what’s more you can book a joint ticket for both exhibitions for just £12.50! Which should leave you enough change for a cup of Lavazza!
For more information pop across to the Somerset House website where you can book online