12 June 2019


FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

18 May – 20 Octobre 2019



From gastronomic experiments to urban farming projects, the current exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the Victoria & Albert Museum explores our relationship to food. No longer just a basic need, food has become the object of global debate and our way of dealing with it has become an instrument in the fight against climate change. How can we make joint decisions that will ensure that the future of our food is fair, sustainable and delicious? What do we have to change and what interesting discoveries might we make during this quest?


The exhibition presents over 70 projects that take a new look at our food culture and radically rethink our understanding of food production, trade and consumption. In exciting collaborations between artists and designers on the one hand, and chefs, farmers, scientists and local communities on the other, a range of answers to a topic of growing global interest emerges.

The curators of the exhibition open up provocative perspectives on the future of human nutrition and place the gastronomic and agricultural experiments in a socio-historical context by juxtaposing them with various objects from the V&A collection. The show presents the exhibits in four categories: Compost, Farming, Trading and Eating. The Compost section aims to change the way we deal with and perceive waste. Numerous examples show how an end product can always be the starting point for something new, as for example Grocycle’s Mushroom Farm, which uses old coffee grounds in the V&A to grow oyster mushrooms. The Farming section looks at how we can rediscover our relationship to landscapes and organisms, at how innovative technologies can influence our food management, and also at existing collaborative urban projects. The exhibition area on the subject of Trading raises questions about sustainable supply chains and more transparent ways of buying, selling and transporting food. The final section focuses on the cultural, social and political significance of food in our lives. Cheese cultivated from human bacteria, insect sausages, the role of the table and the challenge of feeding the world’s population can all be experienced in many different ways.

We recommend buying your tickets online before your visit.


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