4 whales in a soft sponge

We cordially invite you to the Medium Gallery for the opening of the exhibition 4 whales in a soft sponge on June 18, 2024.


  • MEDIUM gallery,

    • Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18, Bratislava


  • Opening: Tuesday June 18, 2024, 6 p.m.

  • Duration: 19.6. - 4.8.2024



  • Honey & Bunny, Isa Schieche, Mara Novak, Peter Varnai & Margareta Klose, Steffi Parlow, Titania Seidl


  • Nika Kupyrova



There are many reasons why the culinary arts were such an attractive genre for the avant-garde. Cooking is a discipline that is primary sensual: irrationality is allowed, creativity is praised. Culinary arts are controversial: what is considered edible and especially tasty is something that is constantly changing and being brought into question. Cooking and eating are performative: they are and have always been about performing wealth, class, culture, lifestyle. At the same time food is traditional and highly ritualized: a perfect target for an artist wanting to break with conventions of taste and conduct.

"4 whales in a soft sponge" freely re-interprets the absurdist cookbooks of the avant-garde, setting them in dialogue with contemporary artistic positions. Six artists and artist duos from Vienna appropriate culinary methods into their respective practices ranging from sculpture to performance and digital arts.



  • The exhibition was made possible by the support of Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport of Austria (BMKÖS).
  • Partner: Austrian Cultural Forum
  • This project was financially supported by Bratislava Self-Governing Region.


4 whales in a soft sponge - poster