Food For Thought

A new exhibition at London’s V&A museum "Food: Bigger Than The Plate" examines the past, present and future of what we put on our plates.
The Garnered - ‘ Food Rules Tomorrow’ 2019 Film Still © Honey Bunny Sebastian Arlamovsky The Garnered Journal
‘Food | RULES | tomorrow’, 2019, film still © honey & bunny (Sonja Stummerer & Martin Hablesreiter) / Sebastian Arlamovsky

Food has always been about more than what we eat. It speaks volumes about who we are, where we come from and who we would like to be. Its production has shaped our landscapes and communities, its history is at the heart of global trade, and our relationship with it has the power to change the future of the planet. This new exhibition at the V&A, itself built on the site of the old Brompton Park fruit nurseries, promises to look at how humans are reinventing the production, preparation and experience of food. It is a deeply serious subject, but here it is approached with ingenuity, optimism and playfulness. 

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1660 London porcelain cups by Postcard Teas x Peter Ting (Left). Carolien Niebling, The Sausage of the Future; photograph: Noortje Knulst

A highlight for us, with our love of all things ceramic, is the exquisite range of porcelain tasting cups from Postcard Teas in collaboration with ceramic artist Peter Ting. The range, 1660 London, has been specifically designed to accentuate the bouquet and clean taste of pure teas. Other exhibits include Carolien Niebling's The Sausage of the Future, which explores the challenges we face in feeding the world with a fresh look at ingredients; a live mushroom farm, fed on coffee grounds from the V&A café; a project by Ferran Adrià, of El Bulli fame, which explores the pleasure of cooking and eating; and a gorgeous bespoke wallpaper by artists Fallen Fruit that draws on the V&A’s collections and the horticultural history of the site. A feast of an exhibition.

'FOOD: Bigger than the Plate' is at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7 2RL from 18th May to 20th October 2019