‘Eating the Universe’. ‘Food in Art’ At Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

22 Feb

Currently showing at the Kunstalle Dusseldorf is “Eating the Universe”.

Thomas Rentmeister, untitled, Sugar and Cart

Eat Art, a term coined by coined by Swiss Artist Daniel Spoerri for art made with and involving food, has its institutionalized origins in Düsseldorf. Two years after opening his restaurant at the Burgplatz, the Swiss artist founded the Eat Art Gallery in 1970 and inspired numerous artists to produce various editions made of edible materials and food wastes. 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.

The exibit at Kunsthalle runs till February 28, 2010.

The exhibition will be presented in the Gallery of the Taxipalais Innsbruck from April 24th until July 4th, 2010 and at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart from September 18th, 2010 until January 9th, 2011.

In parallel to the exhibition there will be an extensive supporting program in German and English:

Saturday, 27 February 2010, 7 p.m.
The Edible Metaphor
Lecture by Peter Kubelka (artist and experimental filmmaker, Vienna)
admission free!

In 1980, Peter Kubelka introduced the analysis of cooking as a subject at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, where he headed the “Class for film and cooking as an art form.” In the Kunsthalle he will be speaking about the preparation of food as the oldest art.

Source: kunsthalle-duesseldorf

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