Food. We all need it, we all eat it, and if we’re lucky, it’s both delicious and nutritious.
Food not only sustains us; it connects us. A shared meal offers comfort and togetherness, a mouthful of a favorite dish can transport us to our childhood home, and a well-timed bite into the simplest of delights: a warm piece of bread and butter, can fill us with seemingly unwavering hope.
As an integral part of our physical and psychological existence, it’s no wonder that food is so vigorously explored in art.
From the moment our ancient ancestors could draw, paint, carve, or mould, food has appeared consistently thematically. Ancient Egyptians documented their diets on walls, in the 16th century, the Italian artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo created his infamous food-filled portraits, in the ’60s, Warhol’s Campbells Soup Cans were a revelation, and today the exploration and recognition of food continues.
There are 4723 exhibitions currently listed in Artfacts that feature the term “food”.
Keeping things short, we’ll focus on three of these exhibitions that are in 2023:
Food Age. Food as Influencer
31. March 2023 — 11. June 2023
Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (GNAM) exhibition focused on disconnecting food from its natural environment and instead placing it as a non-edible object in the museum.
The Art of Food
16 Jun 2023 — 22 Oct 2023
North Carolina’s Asheville Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition describes food as culture. “Whether farm-raised or factory-made, traveling from kitchen to mouth, what one eats is often a means of understanding time, place, and people”. The exhibition, which is comprised of works from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, will have toured from its previous position at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.
And finally, as art expands far beyond the walls of an exhibition space: a tasty treat for children from the ‘90s, who may remember this internationally aired French children’s television series, Soupe Opéra.
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