Past Exhibition Ran from 18 May 2019 to 20 October 2019

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

Inviting visitors to participate, taste and debate, this bold exhibition explored current experiments at every stage of the food system – from compost to table

★★★★ a curious delight, just don't go in hungry.

The Independent

a punchy, fun look at the food chain

The Times

This exhibition is now closed at V&A South Kensington

From urban farming to gastronomic experiments and synthetic meat, this exhibition brought together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.

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Exhibition Highlights

Mechelse Maatiaiskana, 22nd generation Cosmopolitan Chicken Project. © Koen Vanmechelen.
Alas! My poor Brother, poster advertising Bovril, designed by W.H. Caffyn, advertising agent S.H. Benson, 1905, UK. Reproduced courtesy of CPC Ltd © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Urban Mushroom Farm © GroCycle.
The Sausage of the Future, Carolien Niebling. Photo: Noortje Knulst.
Symmetry Breakfast, Michael Zee. © Michael Zee.
Ooho! edible water bottle, Skipping Rocks Lab.
Hop-picking trip, 2018. Courtesy of Company Drinks, photo Nick Matthews.
Merdacotta © Henrik Blomqvist .
Daily Dump Compost at Home, India.
Fruits from the Garden and the Field, rainbow wallpaper (detail). © Fallen Fruit, 2019.
Supernatural (detail), Uli Westphal, 2019, commissioned by the V&A.
'Griechische Oranges. Prinz von Kreta', fruit wrapper, 20th century, Italy. Museum no. E.1704-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Studies of bees and other insects
Studies of bees and other insects, by Beatrix Potter, about 1895, watercolour over pencil. Linder Collection cat. no. LC 19/B/5. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London, courtesy Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. and The Trustees of the Linder Collection.
The Human Trace Tableware, Ewa Klekot and Arkadiusz Szwed, 2016 – 2018. © Arkadiusz Szwed.
Parblex, glasses made from non-food-grade industrial potato waste in production. © Chip[s] Board.
Totomoxtle table (detail), Fernando Laposse.
Brexit Ware eggcups, Harriet Coles.

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FOOD: Bigger than the Plate