A Visit to the British Museum of Food
From Field to Table, Mouth and Beyond…
A Bompas & Parr exhbition – The British Museum of Food or #BMOF is the world’s first cultural institution entirely devoted to the history, evolution, science, sociology and art of food. Never before has the subject of food been explored so powerfully, with a series of exhibits that align with the quirky and disruptive style of the studio’s approach to communicating food and drink coupled with the ethos and values of a serious museum. The museum was opened for three months from October to January until a permanent home can be found.
The museum, located in a building at Borough Market across two floors, is an eye opening exhibition in to the field of food but also in to the history and the flexibility that food has to offer. Bompas & Parr also collaborated with the market’s managers, trustees and traders as well as a selection of different artists to initiate a new cultural institution for the capital.
The exhibitions on offer were:
– Be the Bolus – the Peristalsis Experience
– Choco-Phonica – a sonic wonderland focused on chocolate
– The British Menu Archive – a selection of historical and beautiful menus
– The Butterfly Effect – the story of the unsung heroes of pollination
– Atelier of Flavour – a gallery showcase of food as art
Through its exhibits and experiences the museum showcased the most exciting elements of food. Fundamentally it will seek to change peoples’ lives by helping them consider what they eat and to spread knowledge around nutrition and health and to recognise its role in culture.
Now closed, the exhibition is looking for a permanent location and funding – so if you want to visit this exciting project head to their website and let them know!
Here are my photos from the day.