Food As A Visual Medium

Food As A Visual Medium
Arts & Culture

A new art exhibit showcases innovative and imaginative ways for viewers to think about food as a visual medium

Laura Feinstein
  • 9 december 2009

From the land which brought us both the Frankfurter and the Hamburger comes a new gallery exhibit which hopes to make food fun again. Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, located in the busy German town of it’s namesake, recently opened an exhibit entitled Eating the Universe. Food in Art which showcases innovative and imaginative ways for viewers to think about food as a visual medium. The brainchild of Swiss Restaurant owner and artist Daniel Spoerri, this movement coined Eat Art (meaning art made with and involving food) can be seen at his Eat Art Gallery. Opened in 1970, and showcasing numerous artists, is not just a legitimate but also celebrated art form in it’s Teutonic homeland.

According to the Kunsthalle Dusseldorf  website:

The exhibition “Eating the Universe” — a title created in the 1970’s by Peter Kubelka, former professor for Film and Cooking at the Frankfurt Städelschule, for a TV-show about cooking as an artistic genre — takes generous stock of the phenomena from today’s perspective and traces the original character of eat art from its origins until today. The exhibition demonstrates the continuing great attraction of the topic of food as a fundamental interface of art and life and its enormous relevance until the present day, especially against the backdrop of issues such as affluence and hunger, the anti-consumerism and anti-globalization movements, modern dietetics and cooking shows, health crazes and fast food.

This exhibit is not just interesting visually, but also for the level that food has been elevated from mere consumable to artistic creation- truly one of the most arresting examples of the Slow Foods movement. Regardless, if you happen to be in Germany this holiday season make it a point to drop by, the exhibit will be open from the 28th of November till February.

Eating the Universe. Food in Art


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