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Museum of modern art to meet urban gastronomy this weekend

All News 16:29 February 10, 2017

By Woo Jae-yeon

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul will open a rare farmer's market Sunday as part of its existing exhibition on urban gastronomy.

"Marche@MMCA," one of several participatory programs associated with "Activating the City: Urban Gastronomy," which opened on Dec. 5 and runs through March 19, is expected to fill the museum's spacious front yard with fresh produce, seasonal foods made on the spot by chefs and handcrafted goods by local artists.

Local farmers will have talk sessions with visitors to explain the health benefits of their produce and the process of how it arrives at the table of city dwellers, the museum said.

The image provided by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul on Feb. 10, 2017, is the official poster of "Marche@MMCA" that will open in the MMCA's front yard. (Yonhap)
The photo provided by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul shows "Round Table with Chef" session by chef Ahn Ara. (Yonhap)

The "Urban Gastronomy" exhibition takes a look at the relations between contemporary art making and urban life through the lens of gastronomy, while casting a delightful light on the meaning of food itself as a primal part of communal culture.

Comprised of three parts -- "Food x Urban Mobility," "Food x Community," and "Food x Sharing Culture" -- the exhibit invites 13 teams of artists, activists, chefs, designers and architects to touch upon the subject in videos, audio, installations, graphics and photography.

The exhibition is partly inspired by Gordon Matta-Clark, an American artist known for his site-specific artworks and elevating cooking and dining to a celebrated event among the community by founding restaurant FOOD in SoHo, New York, in 1971.

A documentary on the artist is available in the "Food x Community" section, giving gallerygoers something to chew on regarding what roles food can play to improve communication between individuals and, by extension, bring people together as a community.

This exhibition "intends to approach taste, experienced through food not as means to satisfy sense, but as social mediator connecting individual and individual, and individual and community," the museum said in a statement.

A flurry of interactive events and lectures related to the show has already taken place at the museum. On March 11, Japanese artist and cook Asako Iwama is scheduled to give a lecture on her take on food and culture. She worked for 10 years at Studio Olafur Eliasson founded by the Danish-Icelandic artist globally well-known for his huge installation works.

The farmer's market event on Sunday opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.

The photos provided by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul show parts of "Activating the City: Urban Gastronomy," an exhibition currently on display at the museum. (Yonhap)


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