Triennale Design Museum
Viale Alemagna, 6, 20121.  Milan, Italy
On exhibit April 9 to November 1, 2015


A journey through history, nostalgia and art: Arts & Foods.  Rituals Since 1851 brings us expressions of art that have interpreted the theme of food, eating and dining together, all things that unite us as human beings. This major exhibition, curated by Germano Celant, examines the relationship between the arts and the various rituals surrounding food from 1851 to today.

The exhibition covers an area of about 7,000 square meters and features a plurality of visual language, models, objects and room-settings, which since 1851 have revolved around the world of food, nutrition, and dining together.  Arts & Foods. Rituals Since 1851 showcases more than 2,000 works and examines the relationship between art and the many rituals associated with eating, with special reference to how the esthetic and functional aspects of what we eat have impacted creative expression. Inside and outside the Milan Triennale there are also installations and works by contemporary artists created especially for the exhibition.

The exhibition route is both chronological and thematic: covering topics relating to food, its preparation, its distribution and the sharing of it, both in private and in public. On display are over 15 installations dedicated to places where food plays a central role - dining rooms, kitchens, bars, picnic areas - where paintings, furniture, objects, sculptures, household appliances, photographs, menus, books, and album covers create an impactful narrative.