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The Food Project: The shape of taste

Exhibition  /  09 Feb 2013  -  02 Jun 2013
Published: 31.01.2013
Mart Rovereto
Barbara Uderzo. Ring: Untitled. Dark chocolate, pure gold foil. Barbara, UderzoRingDark chocolate, pure gold foil. Barbara Uderzo
Ring: Untitled
Dark chocolate, pure gold foil


Barbara, Uderzo
Ring
Dark chocolate, pure gold foil

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Intro
The creations of a large group of “food designers” are at the centre of The Food Project. The exhibition also presents designer objects made from food - enjoy the chocolate jewels by Barbara Uderzo,

Artist list

Barbara Uderzo
In recent years, the debate about food in the world of design has attained unheard-of levels of public interest. And the world of design, which always records and often anticipates aesthetic and cultural trends, together with socio-economic and anthropological ones, has in turn dedicated close attention to the world of food, showing creativity, curiosity and great innovative capacity.

The creations of a large group of “food designers” are at the centre of “The Food Project. The shape of taste” exhibition, with which the Mart, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto presents the art of industrial projects and experimental design applied to foods.

Curated by Beppe Finessi, the exhibition will run from 9th February to 2nd June 2013.

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Selection of participating designers and architects: Enrico Azzimonti, Bompas&Parr, Achille Castiglioni, Stephan Bureaux, Lorenzo Damiani, Florence Doleac, FormaFantasma, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Marije Vogelzang, Marti Guixé, Giulio Iachetti, Marcel Wanders, Enzo Mari, Alessandro Mendini, Katja Grujters, Konstantin Grcic, Gaetano Pesce, Diego Ramos, Philippe Starck and leading chefsi, like Gualtiero Marchesi, together with Bruno Barbieri, Massimo Bottura, Antonio Canavacciuolo, Carlo Cracco, Daniel Facen, Davide Oldani and Davide Scabin.

The exhibition is divided into a number of thematic areas and opens with a tribute to the “Good Design” book written by Bruno Munari 50 years ago, in which the great maestro taught his readers to read the products of nature, like oranges, as though they were objects of design, stressing their “functional and performance” characteristics with irony and precision.

Starting with the lesson, the exhibition reveals some “anonymous foods” through a series of graphic interpretations, to reveal their traditional forms in their sophisticated and precise architectural connotations: because behind such geographically connoted foods – like sushi or strudel, but also lasagna, and arancino or oliva ascolana – is frequently concealed a planning approach that is the result of a careful compromise between image, taste and production. A basic and omnipresent food – bread – will be presented in a series of different forms, displayed like sculptures to stress their aesthetic “fineness”.

Various types of pasta, designed by such as Giorgetto Giugiaro, Mauro Olivieri and Christian Ragot, will emblematically show how the creativity of designers converges with industrial production; this is one of the key themes of the exhibition. As Giampiero Bosoni writes in the catalogue, it has “revolutionised the relationship between form and content in food”. A felicity of synthesis that also underlies the success of commercial products, like Baci Perugina chocolates, Ferrero Rocher, Krumiro biscuits and Saratoga Chips.

The reflection about the transformations implemented by the food industry, which is still undergoing a radical evolution, meets the subject of ethics, ecology and also – in a section dedicated to patents – the relationship between creativity and standardisation.

“Food designers” today have an almost infinite freedom to shape form and function. Objects like the “Edible pen” of Martì Guixè, the chocolate “Golosimetro” (“greediness metre”) of Paolo Ulian and “Sugar Spoon” of Marije Vogelzang are some of the results of their fantasy.

In many cases, it is the form of a product that is planned and developed as a decorative element: the exhibition will display the jellies of Bompas & Parr reproducing St Paul’s Cathedral in London, the “Bread Palette” (a palette-shaped toast) by Ryohei Yoshiyuki and Delphine Huguet’s “Speculoos”, a biscuit that adapts to the shape of the coffee cup. All objects containing a dash of irony that develops into an entertaining detached viewpoint in the creations of Matteo Ragni, Diego Ramos and Enrico Azzimonti, gathered together in a section entitled “Irony, metaphor and paradox”.

Also on show are some designer objects made from food: chocolate jewels by Barbara Uderzo, bread dinner services by FormaFantasma and the “Decafè” of Raúl Laurí Pla, winner of the Salone satellite 2012 in Milan.

Alessandro Mendini’s “Cioccolator” (“Chocolator”) – a calculator in the form of a chocolate bar – and “Popsicles” by Putput – sponges shaped to resemble ice cubes – are instead unusual examples of designer objects alluding to food.

One section of the exhibition will reveal a number of recipes, created by creative figures who invent particularly sophisticated dishes as a living; not just leading Italian and international chefs, but also those who normally apply their sensitivity and creativity to other areas, including a sizeable group of designers invited recently to express themselves by offering a recipe.

There will also be a site-specific project made for the Mart by Martì Guixé, one of the new masters of design, and one of those who has most applied his talent to the world of food, revealing further expressive possibilities in a field that is so fundamental to our lives.

The exhibition ends with an overview of the future of food, with some brilliant and often very young talented designers who will for the first time present creations in the museum’s rooms that are not merely experimental and sophisticated, but also profoundly marked by an ethical and social tension. The exhibition will be accompanied by a rich catalogue, published by Electa, Milan, containing a number of essays dedicated to the subject, written by important experts and critics who have for years examined the relationship between food and design.

A busy programme of events will involve chefs of international standing, who will hold a series of evening cooking shows in the exhibition rooms. Workshops with the designers will provide visitors with the opportunity to create jewels and sculptures from local products. During the whole exhibition period, the visit will also enable the public to taste some free titbits and meet the protagonists of the exhibition.

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Curator Beppe Finessi

Architect, PhD, Researcher at the Design Faculty of the Politecnico di Milano. Since 1994, he has taught, worked as a critic and undertaken research. From 1996 to 2007, he worked continuously with Abitare magazine, of which he was design editor from 2001 to 2007. Since 2010, he has designed and directed “Inventario”, a new publishing format dedicated to all the disciplines nourished by creativity. Beppe Finassi has on a number of occasions written about some of the great names in Italian design, producing essays and curating exhibitions dedicated to the work of Bruno Munari, Angelo Mangiarotti, Alessandro Mendini and Vico Magistretti, together with the oeuvre of the new protagonists of the international scene, like Fabio Novembre, Paolo Ulian and Giulio Iacchetti.
Barbara Uderzo. Necklace: Untitled. Dark chocolate, pure gold foil. Barbara, UderzoNecklaceDark chocolate, pure gold foil. Barbara Uderzo
Necklace: Untitled
Dark chocolate, pure gold foil


Barbara, Uderzo
Necklace
Dark chocolate, pure gold foil

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Barbara Uderzo. Necklace: Untitled. Dark chocolate, pure gold foil. Barbara, UderzoNecklaceDark chocolate, pure gold foil. Barbara Uderzo
Necklace: Untitled
Dark chocolate, pure gold foil


Barbara, Uderzo
Necklace
Dark chocolate, pure gold foil

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Barbara Uderzo. Necklace: Untitled. Dark chocolate, pure gold foil. Barbara, UderzoNecklaceDark chocolate, pure gold foil. Barbara Uderzo
Necklace: Untitled
Dark chocolate, pure gold foil


Barbara, Uderzo
Necklace
Dark chocolate, pure gold foil

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Necklace: Untitled
Dark chocolate, pure gold foil


Barbara, Uderzo
Necklace
Dark chocolate, pure gold foil

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