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  |  20. January 2015

ART & FOOD SPECIAL

Food in Contemporary Art

Food has always been more than nutrition – it reflects cultural change and has always played an important role in art history, either in the form of food that is used as artistic material or in the form of art that is dealing with food. Based on historic activities of Eat Art, which has been founded by Daniel Spoerri in the seventies, several artists are still dealing with the artistic qualities and the existential as well as sensual aspects of eating and cooking. Since the 1990s in particular, an increased and renewed interest in the artistic treatment of food can be observed.

The art world’s interest in this – even quite aesthetic aspect of material – attractive topic must be understood as part of a generally increasing dedication to food, which affects almost the whole society. More and more gastronomical events which mainly focus on food and the preparation of food as culinary fascination take place. They are also increasingly organized by artists.

Social dimensions of the topic as well as consumption-critical questions have increasingly become the focus of interest. In the light of our globalized society, in which constant availability and the often imprudent consumption of food is taken for granted, the topic does not seem to have lost its relevance. Against this background, young artists and female artists like Sonja Alhäuser, Anya Gallaccio or Shimabuku are not only dealing with ingestion as means of creating identity, but also with the social aspects of production, utilization and the consumption of food in today’s affluent society.

Subodh Gupta is today considered one of the most famous artists that are dealing with topics like the creation of identity through eating habits and rituals. Gupta’s extensive sculptural works consist of everyday objects like stainless steel dishes, as it is used every day in India, pans as well as fruits of bronze and trolleys, which he uses as artistic material. Especially the topic cooking is playing an important role in his performative works.

At “Everything is inside”, the current exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art (MMK) in Frankfurt, Germany, which can be visited until February 1st, 2015 and represents the most comprehensive exhibition of Gupta’s works in Europe so far, one could participate in his cooking performances, which he specifically developed for the exhibition. The audience had the opportunity to see how Indian dishes are prepared. In the home country of the artists, these dishes are traditionally cooked every Saturday and are meant to appease the Indian Gods.

 

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