Leggi in inglese, read in italian”, so spoke Pistoletto. 
On the occasion of the Expo 2015, Milan has officially become the center of this food-centric universe where “c” point stands for carne, cavolo, carote, caponata and capesante (meat, cabbage, carrots, caponata and scallops) … “Arts & Foods. Rituals from 1851” at the Triennale of Milan is the first pavilion of Expo to be opened in early April and until November 1 will be, along with”“Cucine e Ultracorpi”, the only one outside the official Expo.
The exhibition, curated by Germano Celant and with the setting by the Studio Italo Rota, tells the relationship between art (arts) and food since 1851, the year of the first Expo in London, up to today.


My shopping list has more than 2,000 works.

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

“Man is what he eats,” how can we forget Feuerbach and his materialism?
Manet painted a ham and a bunch of asparagus; Monet peaches, melons or apples and so did Paul Cézanne; Renoir the baguette; Pissarro pears, Caillebotte grapes and shrimps. Surely no less important were the paintings by Braque, De Pisis and Scipione; and later Miro, Matisse and Severini. The nineteenth-century déjeneurs became great subjects of the paintings. And then they were all au café.

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

The revolution of the table, however, was in Wien: the ornament was seen as an immediate demonstration of a new identity. Cutlery became design objects necessary for the men who originally had been brutal carnivores. Redundant appears Gabriele D’Annunzio’s workbench / desco, essential the kitchen of Le Corbusier, and what about photography? It was a means of study for artists such as Picasso and Braque, it emancipated painting.

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

And among the “Bottle Development” by Boccioni and “Fruits and Liquors” by Soffici, we find the “Poem of the dress of milk”. In 1936, Elsa Schiaparelli made an orange peel hat, mussels corsets by Alexander McQueen date 2001, and the broken dishes vest by Martin Margiela was part of the 1989/1990 couture collection.

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

The “Campbell’s Soup” by Warhol transformed the logo into an “epochal archetype”.
In the foreground I am welcomed by an artistic space ship, the “Satellite Kitchen” by Luigi Colani, followed by an army of Electrolux refrigerators, empty of food but full of light.

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

I lose myself in a room full of refrigerators, from the models of the mid ‘900 up to now, listening to the concert of instruments such as Granita and blender by Girmi, and ideally in the air I feel an intense and aromatic smell of coffee: the car models I see in front of me are infinite, from the Turka to the Yellow, from the Vesuviana to the Venetian.

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

That ‘s the “Environment” and so it is affirmed also by the work of Ettore Sottsass in Room 7.

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

With the Eat art born in 1970 in Dusseldorf in Eat Art Galerie, food became raw material, concept or essential part of the artwork. So I stopped to look at Daniel Spoerri’s tools and tried to cook with him and Robert Filliou some artistic fried eggs, “Tondre a Œuf”.

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

It should have been exhibited outdoors and subjected to time and hungry birds, the work by Giuseppe Penone, his “Alphabet Bread” of 1969, a loaf of 2.70 meters in which iron letters of the alphabet have been included .

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It will be for the ” Igloo bread ” by Mario Merz or “Bread House” by Urs Fischer; or it may be due to the musty smell that would exhale from the work of Antoni Miralda “Patriot Banquet”; or it will be for the evocative pictures by Cindy Sherman, but the fact is that I do not stop at the table with Mona Hatoum and her “Deep Throat”.

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

I blow the-always- lit-candles of the “Useful Art No.3” by Edward and Nancy Reddin and I turn towards the iconic Last Supper by Vanessa Beecroft.

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

I always thought that if I just had to eat a raw onion it would have been able to do that only with Marina Abramović.

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Behind the “B (w) anker” that opens a bottle, Yinka Shonibare MBE’s work, there appear “Cake” and “Bread with Egg”, two works by Jeff Koons with ” typically kitsch traits painted in trompe l’oeil with the cloying perfection of an industrial food menu “. It seems almost a macroscopic magnification, but what do you see in it?

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Man is an omnivorous animal, food his best friend and the artist the farmer ready to sow newness.

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Arts & Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

 

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Credits:
Special thanks to Trussardi
Stylist: Ilaria Chionna
Hair & Make-up: Arianna Goldoni
Photo: Cristina Risciglione crphotographer.it 

AMOlinks:
La Triennale di Milano
www.expo2015.org