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Vik Muniz Spaghettti

Vik Muniz Spaghettti - Lyklema Fine Art


Vik Muniz takes photographs that have the nature of visual illusion. Muniz calls himself a 'low-tech illusionist' and has found and used endless images from popular culture to art historical masterpieces and portraits of friends. Using various media such as chocolate syrup, rope, thread, sugar, earthen dust, toys and perforations from magazines, he makes remarkable photos that he then photographs. Over the past 20 years, Muniz has become one of the most innovative and important artists of his generation.

Every year since 1988, technology entrepreneur and avid collector Peter Norton has commissioned an artist to create an original work of art that is then produced in a limited edition of 3,000. In 1999, Vik Muniz was chosen and "Medusa Marinara" is his contribution to the project . This Medusa plate features an image of Muniz's recreation of Caravaggio's Medusa (1590, Uffizi Gallery, Florence) rendered in pasta marinara.

The best Spaghetti Bolognaise

Flour 000


Make pasta dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Make a small ball and pass through a pasta machine. First on setting 5 then 3 and then through the spaghetti maker.

1 onion
2 clove garlic
½ red pepper
500 grams of half and half minced meat
1 can of tomato paste ½ glass of red wine
500 grams of ripe tomatoes in cubes
10 grams of sugar scoop of sugar
oregano, thyme, salt and pepper to taste

Fry finely chopped onion and garlic in a little olive oil and stir in the minced meat. Add red pepper, tomato puree and a good dash of red wine and deacidify the mixture by briefly turning the heat on high. Add the tomatoes and a spoonful of sugar and a pinch of salt. Let simmer for a few hours. Season with oregano, thyme, salt and pepper and set aside overnight.

Boil the spaghetti and drape it on a plate. Spoon sauce over it. Sprinkle with some olive oil, parmesan curls, pepper and some basil leaves.

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