Visitors will be taken on a multi sensory journey through the food cycle at the V&A’s new exhibition, Food: Bigger than the Plate, opening in May 2019. The exhibition will explore how the way we grow, distribute and experience food is changing – topics of increasing global interest and debate. There will be over 70 projects and collaborations from artists, designers, chefs, farmers, and local communities, with sections split into: ‘Compost’, ‘Farming’, ‘Trading’ and ‘Eating.’
Highlights will include Urban Mushroom Farm, an installation illustrating the idea of a circular economy using waste coffee grounds to grow edible Oyster mushrooms; real cheese made from human bacteria; and The Sausage of the Future which investigates a more sustainable approach to eating protein. Other projects explore how the pleasure of cooking and eating connects us culturally, socially and politically, with works from Ferran Adrià, Michael Rakowitz, Lubaina Himid and Grizedale Arts among others.
Catherine Flood and May Rosenthal Sloan, co-curators of FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the V&A, said: “Food is one of the most powerful tools through which we shape the world we live in, from how we create society, culture and pleasure to how we determine our relationship with the natural world. In an era of major ecological challenges, fast-changing societies and technological re-invention, now is a crucial moment to ask not just what will we be eating tomorrow, but what kind of food future do we want? What could it look like? And taste like? Today, a wide range of inspiring creative practitioners are addressing these expansive questions. Putting food at the heart of the museum, this exhibition is an exciting opportunity to bring together some of the best of this work to explore food as rich ground for citizenship, subversion and celebration.”
The Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
18 May-20 October 2019
Advance tickets are £17, concessions from £13
For more information and to book, visit vam.ac.uk