A GLOBAL TABLE - Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem Fellowship Transhistorical Curating

23.09.2017 - 11.03.2018

Contemporary Art

We like to know what we are eating. In the last decade artists have become increasingly interested in the socio-economic aspects of food production and consumption. The same questions are posed in works by Felipe Arturo (Bogotá, 1979), Wendelien van Oldenburgh (Rotterdam, 1962), Patricia Kaersenhout (Netherlands/Suriname, 1966), Hew Locke (Edinburgh, 1959), Shelley Sacks (Johannesburg) and others: what is the political and cultural significance of food? What are the effects of the colonial relations of the past on the world trade in food and the distribution of wealth today?

Other artists whose work can be seen include Sarnath Banerjee (Calcutta, 1972), Ellen Gallagher (Providence, Rhode Island, 1965), Gulnara Kasmalieva (Bishkek, 1960) & Muratbek Djumaliev (Bishkek, 1960), Rivane Neuenschwander (Belo Horizonte, 1967), Mona Vatamanu (Bucharest, 1968) & Florin Tudor (Switzerland, 1974).

Creative Chef

Creative Chef Jasper Udink ten Cate has created a Haarlem Global Table in the pavilion of De Hallen Haarlem with photographs and dishes by Haarlem residents from every continent. What are their stories and their memories of food? What is the secret recipe for their favourite dish? Who cooks it? Where do they get the ingredients for their meals? The Creative Chef believes that food connects people and makes us realize that people from all over the world are unique but also have a lot in common. Food and our memories reinforce it.

Frans Hals Museum

Part of A Global Table was also staged in the Frans Hals Museum until 7 January. Magnificent Golden Age still lifes of food were juxtaposed with contemporary art. Visitors were challenged to consider what the foods we see tell us about the Netherlands’ colonial and trading relations in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In this part of the exhibition Curatorial Fellow Abigail Winograd created a dialogue between thirty or so exquisite still lifes and works by contemporary artists who are interested in world trade and the effects of colonialism.

The Transhistorical Curating Fellowship

Abigail Winograd (Israel, 1983) is an independent exhibition maker, who graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. Her area of research covers pre-Columbian, modern and contemporary Latin-American art. She is the first curator as part of the new Transhistorical Curating Fellowship to stage an exhibition in the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem which seeks to link old and contemporary art in meaningful and surprising ways.


The Curatorial Fellowship and the exhibition are made possible exclusively by the generous support of the Van Toorn Scholten Foundation. The artworks by Felipe Arturo and Patricia Kaersenhout are made possible by the support of Douwe Egberts and AkzoNobel.