This year, Milan hosts Expo 2015, which opened on May 1 and will entertain an estimated 20 million visitors until it closes at the end of October. EXPO 2015 is an huge exhibition that combines art, in all its forms, with food from all the countries of the world: every country has a pavilion where they show their best products and arts. The Universal expositions are extraordinary events which gather people from all over the world around an important subject every 5 years.
This year the official theme is "feeding the planet, energy for life", so food and sustainability take the center of the stage. Most pavilions interpret this theme as a chance to highlight their agricultural output and national cuisine.
There's plenty to see, but for someone who loves to travel, Expo 2015's biggest draw is the opportunity do to some vicarious globetrotting. Just walk down the well-shaded, one-mile-long promenade (called the "Decumano") and dip into the 53 national pavilions.
Staffed mostly by people from that country, the pavilions are designed to provide a quick tour of their corner of the world — offering a tiny travel experience as you walk through each door.It's like a global travel show.
With the same ticket you can also see Arts & Foods, an exhibition curated by Germano Celant, which is held at the Triennale in Milan from 10th of April to the 1st of November 2015. In his own words: “This exhibition will focus on the plurality of visual language and models, as objects and environmental representations that since 1851, the year of the first Expo in London, have to date revolved around food, nutrition and eating together. It is a global panorama of the interwoven aesthetics and design of eating rituals. It is also an international exhibition that uses a variety of media to offer a view across time, from the historical to the contemporary, of all levels of expression, creativity and communication from all areas of culture”.
On an overall internal and external floor area of about 7,000 square meters, the event depicts the multiform relationships between art and food. The exhibition is split into 15 different areas covering themes related to food and its preparation, display, cooking, consumption and distribution. It involves different visual and expressive languages to describe how humans deal with food; from cooking tools to tableware, from bar and restaurant design to the architectural conception of food production facilities.
"It is a panoramic view of the way aesthetics and design are intertwined with the ritual of eating in an exhibition that is made up not just of artworks, but also of installations and aural, olfactory and cinematic experiences," said the museum.
Accounts by artists, writers, film directors, graphic designers, musicians, photographers, architects and industrial designers are also included in the exhibition. The exhibition displays hundreds of artworks, artifacts and documents lent by public and private institutions, artists, museums and collectors from all over the world.