Friendo agua: Ura frijtizen: Frying Warter, Elena Arzak, Xabier Gutiérrez, Igor Zalakain, Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, 2010.


Marta Arzak is a freelance curator specialised in food and interested in exploring the links between art, food and cooking. She is also art adviser at Restaurant Arzak in San Sebastian. Marta collaborated with chef Ferran Adrià’s and elBulli’s project for documenta12 (2007) and curated the exhibition Frying Water – Espacio Marzana in Bilbao (2008) and Fundación Pilar i Joan Miró in Palma de Mallorca (2010) – which aimed to metaphorically provide insight into how chefs do culinary research. Marta has organised and participated in diverse education and public programmes focused on food and cooking.

Marta studied Art History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She gained several grants at such international art institutions as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Artists Space, Inc., New York, and the Consortium for the Guggenheim Bilbao Project. She worked at Estampa International Salon for Contemporary Print and Art Editions, Madrid, and the Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao as exhibitions coordinator and curator.

Marta is Associate Director for Education and Interpretation at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, where she has been working organising the educational programming since its opening in 1997.

With support from

Vega Sicilia


In association with

Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in London


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