Art X Food
The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art continues its quest to explore the innumerable intersections of art and the world around us. In this series we delve into one of the most important aspects of life, food. Often considered one of the essential building blocks of life, there are so many ways in which this converges with art around us.
Premiering on all our platforms, this series will explore the integral role that food has played in art. Be it a stone age cave painters who used vegetable juice in their paints; the Egyptians who carved pictographs of crops and bread on hieroglyphic tablets; Cezanne, Picasso and Dali who painted still life paintings of fruits, vegetables & food; or pop artist Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup cans and Coca Cola bottles
More recently, contemporary artists have used food to make statements: political (especially feminist- The Dinner Party), economic, and social. Restaurants have been opened as art projects, performances have been conducted which involved food preparation, elaborate sculptures have been crafted from edible materials like chocolate and cheese.
As the world faced lockdown last year, baking of bread and cooking of food symbolized a collective expression of community. Much like art brings people together, food does as well. It is a reflection of our lifestyle, culture, preferences and beliefs. The food we consume incorporates art because of the cultural connection that is generated with what we eat.
With this series - Art x Food, we explore how food can be a social sculpture according to which human interaction, including eating together, is conceived as an art form in itself.
Chef Tejasvi Chandela