Highlights from Arts & Foods: Rituals Since 1851, an exhibition designed by architect Italo Rota and curated by art historian Germano Celant for the Triennale di Milano, in Milan, Italy, from April 9 — November 1, 2015


The intricate relationship between the arts and food will be retraced and analysed in the Arts & Foods exhibition, at the Triennale di Milano, where the exhibition will be held from April 9—November 1, 2015.

Located in both the indoor and outdoor areas of La Triennale – 7000 square metres of building and garden space – Arts & Foods focuses on all those visual, sculptural, object-based and environmental forms that, ever since 1851, the year of the first Universal Exposition in London, have revolved around the world of food, nutrition, and dining together. The exhibition provides 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 uses 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. All of this will be accompanied by the testimony of artists, writers, film-makers, graphic designers, musicians, photographers, architects and designers who, 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 artefacts and time offers a creative reflection on “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, the theme of the World Expo in Milan, with hundreds of books, objects and documents from museums, public and private institutions, collectors and artists around the world.

Arts & Foods involves all media and art forms: from painting to sculpture, video, installation, photography and advertising, to design and architecture, movies, music and literature,” said Germano Celant, curator of the pavilion. “It is in chronological order, covering the period from 1851 – the date of the first Expo, in London, and the starting point of modernity – through to the present day, with environments illustrating the spaces for eating together, in both the private and the public domain, from the dining room to the kitchen, and from cafés to eating on the move, in which furniture, objects, household appliances and works of art create a narrative of great visual and sensorial impact.

Via Triennale di Milano

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James Ensor, Still Life with a Duck, 1880
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James, Ensor, Still Life, 1882
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The Collection of Aldo and Edda Lorenzi — over 2000 cutting tools, from the 17th century to today.
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The Collection of Aldo and Edda Lorenzi — over 2000 cutting tools, from the 17th century to today.
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The Collection of Aldo and Edda Lorenzi — over 2000 cutting tools, from the 17th century to today.
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The Collection of Aldo and Edda Lorenzi — over 2000 cutting tools, from the 17th century to today.
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The Collection of Aldo and Edda Lorenzi — over 2000 cutting tools, from the 17th century to today.
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French-manufactured dining room of a shipowner in Quimper, 19th century.
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French-manufactured dining room of a shipowner in Quimper, 19th century.
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Victor Gabriel Gilbert, Le Carreau Des Halles, 1880
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Furniture for butchery, late 19th century.
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Hurtu Benz 3HP, 1898 (Auto).
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Hurtu Benz 3HP, 1898
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Giovanni Segantini, Pesci, 1886
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Giovanni Segantini, Funghi, 1886
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Pascal Sebah, Cairo Bread Vendors, 1880
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Variety of silver coffee and tea-pots from the 19th century.
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Children’s toys replicating the kitchen and market settings, 19th century.
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Altar of food offerings to Buddha, late 19th century.
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Edo period Japanese indumentary for the Rite of Sake and picninc, 1600’s to 1868.
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Angelo Morbelli, Suffocation, 1884
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Screen with six panels depicting the Japanese tradition of Hanami Spring Celebrations, 17th century (Edo).
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Eugenio Quarti, dining room buffet and contra buffet, 1906
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Claude Monet, The Chef Pére Paul, 1882
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Koloman Moser and Jutta Sika, set of plates, 1901-02
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Koloman Moser and Jutta Sika, set of plates, 1901-02
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Lewis Hine, cellar Bakery (Est Side, New York City), 1910
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Early 20th century bar in Italy.
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Early 20th century bar in Italy.
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George Braque, Fan and Bunch of Grapes, 1911
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Juan Gris, Newspaper and Fruit Dish, 1916
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Arts and Foods installation view.
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Arts and Foods installation view.
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Gerardo Dottori, dining room, early 20th century.
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Giorgio de Chirico, Brioches, 1925
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Early 20th century literature about food, notably by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.
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Early 20th century literature about food, notably by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.
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Dada and the kitchen.
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Marcel Duchamp, Boîte-en-valise [Box in a valise] Series D, 1961
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Marcel Duchamp, Bottle Rack/Egouttoir (or Porte-bouteilles), 1914
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Meret Oppenheim, Bon Appetit, Marcel (The White Queen), 1966
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Angelo Fasce, L’Autarca table, 1936
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Sonia Delaunay, Sketch for Chocolate Poster, 1916
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Magic Chef stove, 1935
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Variety of middle 20th century kitchen designs.
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General Electric fridge, 1930
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Universal Coffee Machine, 1946
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Gabriele D’Annunzio’s Zambracca, middle 20th century.
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Second World War field kitchen.
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Second World War food rations.
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Jean Dubuffet, Lippeur du Vin, 1945
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Lucio Fontana, Piatti, 1950
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Lucio Fontana, Piatti, 1950
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Pietro Consagra, Frontal Furniture, 1956, and Bruno Munari and Enzo Mari’s Diamante Coffee Machine, 1955.

All photos by Cranium Corporation, 2015

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