D.he best stories are written by life, as the saying goes. Everyday life has long been an issue when it comes to artistic standards. How much reality can and must be? One of the first to request it was Marcel Duchamp, with his “Fontaine”, a urinal that initially nobody in New York, where he presented it in 1917, wanted to know. Duchamp hadn’t worked on his urinal and simply declared it ready-made for art.
In comparison, the avocado bagel, which the German artist Tim Bengel appropriately presented in September in the Berlin deli “Avocado Club”, is the opposite of an objet trouvé, an everyday occurrence that an artist treats like art. There is more work in the bagel than in any sourdough that has been baked in the home oven, there are 27 individual pieces made of gold. The bagel is said to be worth 2.5 million euros. But reality should also depict this work: Nothing stands so much for our present, our millennial culture, as the avocado, remarked the artist on the occasion.
From the breakfast table to your finger
Everyday life remains an issue, which is also reflected in spheres that are more earthly in terms of price: Even our jewelry no longer has to look like it came from treasuries from 100 years ago. How about a carrot or a tennis racket? Both chains are from Aliita, the label of the designer Cynthia Vilchez Castiglioni, who grew up in Venezuela. The surname says something to fashion connoisseurs: She is the daughter-in-law of the Marni founding couple. More exciting for designers than to quote the crown jewels again is therefore the inspiration of the charm bracelet, the former jewelry for the poor.
The Balenciaga earrings, replicas of zippers, to be ordered through the Mytheresa online shop, are a reminder of this. And the bag really dangles from the Jacquemus bracelet, also over Mytheresa. What is the ring with the stripes doing on this side? It’s supposed to be a croissant and comes from the Canadian brand Mejuri. The croissant is not exactly a millennial breakfast, but it is still fascinating: Immediately after its launch, the ring was sold out.
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