In the year of Expo Milano 2015, MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts host the the exhibition Food. Dal Cucchiaio al mondo from 29 May to 8 November 2015. The exhibit is curated by Pippo Ciorra, together with Giulia ferrucci, Alessio Rosati and Alessandra Spagnoli and is intended as an exploration of architectural issues associated with the storing, distribution, consumption and disposal of food and raw materials, stimulating debate over the primary question of the space and the time we inhabit.
FOOD. Dal cucchiaio al mondo is divided into six sections: starting from the body and – by way of the house, the street, the city, the landscape – arriving at the world, that is, the major issues of geopolitics and the world’s layout for the production/distribution of food. This latter section presents data on the urban and rural population, urbanization, production, malnutrition (approximately 800 million people between 2012 and 2014) and much more than that. Both the FAO and the WFP have provided data, maps and testimonial projects of this condition, which were subsequently translated by MAXXI’s curatorial staff into images, animation and info-graphs.
As testimony to the presence of the UN agencies, in this section MAXXI hosts a large blue spoon, the same one that characterizes the multimedia booths at Expo Milano 2015 and that represents the theme of “The Zero Hunger Challenge • United for a sustainable world" thanks to which the United Nations seeks to launch the themes related to nutrition by bringing them to the attention of the public at large.
Presented along with the data are symbolic projects such as the Norwegian Global Seed Vault and Thomas Heatherwick’s Seed Cathedral realized on the occasion of EXPO 2010 in Shanghai and the photographic exhibition of the work of Chris Terry for the WFP project Family Meals, and the European Commission, which describes spaces that are shared thanks to food.