Trapholt Modern Art and Design Museum is located just on the outskirts of the little town of Kolding, in Southern Denmark on the mainland of Jutland. It is one of the largest and most popular museums in Denmark, outside of Copenhagen and Aarhus.
Eat Me – says the name of the exhibition and with many items displayed you would really want to do it, while with many others the feeling is completely opposite. More than 60 artists have experimented with the concept of food and items linked to it, pushing the boundaries and discovering the new meanings.
There are different ways to look at it – the food and related items have been discovered through the multitude of angles: society, culture, identity, nature, boundaries, senses and future.
It is a multisensory exhibition, taking the cuisine outside of the kitchen to the galleries and offering an experience to many senses. The display offers active and passive participation levels, which make this exhibition so unique. Here and there, in addition to just observing and visually admiring the artwork, it is possible to eat, taste, chew, feel or smell some of the exhibits.
A few personal highlights:
The little room with walls painted with chocolate by artist Anya Galaccio – the smell is rather mouth-watering and divine! Imagine living in a chocolate house! 🙂
Marije Vogelzang´s large installation of a “Teardrop” – where one can stand in the middle of the installation, below the pipettes and someone else can drop a drip of flavour in their mouth by pulling one of the strings.
One can take part of the artwork creation process for Simone Brühl´s project, made of colourful bubble gums. Anyone can contribute a personally chewed and styled bubble gum to the display, which later will be morphed into a huge ball.
A much less pleasant sensory experience is experienced at Helen Chadwick´s box of food waste, which seems to come alive through the rotting process. Bubbling and unpleasantly smelling mass brings out the desire opposite to eating it.
The beauty of the mushiness and the visual softness of the moulded food can be admired on close-up photographs, even though it does not provoke a desire to eat it.
Danish artist Rose Eken, known for her super realistic ceramics work, created a full meal in ceramics medium.
Christopher Boffoli amuses with his photos of an exploration in the world of tiny people with big appetites.
After the exhibition, feeling rather hungry from all the multisensory stimulation, I´d recommend heading down to the cafe for a lovely culinary experience and if it´s still daylight – accentuated by a breathtaking view of the Kolding Fjord.
The exhibition is open till 21st May 2018.