The presence of food, places for eating together and nourishment, have always been a feature of the history of art. In art, food takes on a "representative" value, which in other words, represents something else beyond ourselves. Thus the images of food can represent "otherness," in terms both of rituals and symbols. The exhibition aims to explore these themes with a 360-degree vision of language and with a view to being as comprehensive as possible.
Arts & Foods will be organized in chronological order, starting from 1851 up to current times, interweaving testimonies of artists, writers, filmmakers, graphic designers, musicians, photographers, architects and designers. They will range from Impressionism and Pointillism to historic Avant-Garde movements, from Pop Art to the most recent findings, all contributing to how we envision and consume food. It will be a collection and a journey through time that will creatively reflect the theme of the Universal Exposition in Milan, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, through hundreds of books, articles and documents from museums and public and private institutions, and from collectors and artists from all over the world.
The triennial runs form 9 April until 1 November 2015.