Arts & Foods. Rituals since 1851

Arts & Foods. Rituals since 1851 is an exhibition curated by Germano Celant, which will be held at the Triennale in Milan from April 10 to November 1, 2015 Under the architectural direction of Studio Italo Rota, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves physically in a spectacular route where works of art, drawings and architectural models, films, objects, documents, books, menus, and album covers bring to life a narrative that set works and images in their own historical, sociological and anthropological context.

In the interior and exterior spaces of the Triennale - about 7,000 square meters, comprising building and garden - Arts & Foods will focus on the plurality of visual language nd models, as objects and environmental representations that since 1851, the year of the first Expo in London, have to date revolved around food, nutrition and eating together. It is a global panorama of the interwoven aesthetics and design of eating rituals. It is also an international exhibition that uses a variety of media to offer a view across time, from the historical to the contemporary, of all levels of expression, creativity and communication from all areas of culture.

Reasons to visit...

  • Offering a layered and multi-sensorial perspective, Arts & Foods, against a backdrop created by Studio Italo Rota, will look to document developments and solutions that relate to food, ranging from kitchen utensils to the dining table and the picnic; from the public aspect of bars and restaurants to the changes that have characterized travel by road, plane and space, to the design and look of buildings dedicated to food production and to food rituals.
  • Arts & Foods offers an exploration of the special bond between the visual arts and the topic of food and of eating together in positive terms, both to reveal rituals and specificity, and to emphasize any idiosyncrasies or problematic areas.
  • The exhibition will be enriched with masterpieces on loan from museums and public and private institutions, and from collectors and artists of international renown.


Vision of the future...

The project encompasses moments and themes of the rupture and progress that the arts offer as a reading of the history and evolution of food and nutrition. Set in a wide-ranging scenario it traces areas of continuous crossover and contact between the visual arts and various segments of the industrial arts and mass culture. Examples range from the patented imports of new foods of the Western world, presented and shared through Universal Expositions, to the representation of products in the art of the 1960s, with the advent of mass advertising and packaging, arriving at the use of new technologies in both architecture and design, and in the art world. The exhibition sets out to show the future of the documented periods and futuristic nature of discoveries related to food and eating together, and their effect on all the arts, exploring new opportunities for analysis and reflection.