Arts & Foods, the Expo pavilion at La Triennale of Milan

The intricate relationship between the arts and food will be retraced and analyzed in the Arts & Foods pavilion, the only thematic area of Expo Milan 2015 to be held in the city.  Located in both the indoor and outdoor areas of La Triennale – 7000 square meters of building and garden space  Arts & Foods will focus on all those visual, sculptural, object-based and environmental forms that, ever since 1851, the year of the first Expo in London, have revolved around the world of food, nutrition, and dining together.  The exhibition will provide a worldwide overview of the interaction between aesthetics and design in the rituals of eating, as an international event that will use different media to take visitors through time, from the historic to the contemporary, and through forms of expression, creativity and communication in all cultural areas.Curated by Germano Celant and with the display design by Studio Italo Rota, Arts & Foods will use a multi-level, multi-sensorial approach to examine the developments and solutions adopted with regard to food. It will range from kitchen implements to laid tables and picnics, and public aspects in the form of bars and restaurants. It will also examine the changes brought about in road, air and space travel, as well as the design of buildings devoted to the rituals and production of food.

Artistic testimony  from Impressionism and Divisionism to the historical avant-garde movements, and from Pop Art to the latest artistic research, have helped develop the vision and consumption of food.This journey through artifacts and time will offer a creative reflection on “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, the theme of the World Expo in Milan, with hundreds and hundreds of books, objects and documents from museums, public and private institutions, collectors and artists around the world.  Artists, writers, film makers, graphic designers, musicians, photographers, architects and designers: the contribution to the exhibition is as wide and transversal as possible, to narrate the food with an artistic touch through different periods. 

In occasion of Expo Milan 2015,  the eighth edition of the Triennale Design Museum presents “Cucina & Ultracorpi”, to illustratethe transformation from the artisanal kitchen to the industrialized one: the universe of electric appliances, an army of Invaders that, since the mid-19th century with the onset of industrialization, has spread across replacing a large number of cooking practices.

Arts & Foods

Triennale of Milan

10 April– 1 November 2015



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