Atelier Van Lieshout
Bohn & Viljoen Architects
Driessens & Verstappen
Winy Maas / The Why Factory
Gordon Matta Clark
Raul Ortega Ayala
Van Bergen Kolpa
Frank Lloyd Wright
The Foodprint exhibition shows crucial moments relating to food, food production and the city through the work of artists and designers. In the late 1960s food itself was introduced into the arts as a way of discussing major social topics: for example, Gordon Matta Clark used a restaurant as a social meeting place. On display works by: Atelier Van Lieshout, Bohn & Viljoen Architects, Olaf Breuning, Agnes Denes, Helmut Dick, Driessens & Verstappen, Fritz Haeg, Winy Maas met The Why Factory, Giuseppe Penone, Debra Solomon, Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten, Frank Lloyd Wright and many more. Curated by: Marieke Berkers.
Curated by: Marieke Berkers
Exhibition design: PRONK Rotterdam
In 2009 Stroom Den Haag kicks off the program Foodprint. Food for the city. The program takes place over the course of two years and focuses on the influence food can have on the culture, shape and functioning of the city, using The Hague as a case study. With a series of activities Stroom aims to increase people's awareness of the value of food and to give new life to the way we view the relationship between food and the city. The program invites artists and designers to develop appealing proposals on the subject, while at the same time establishing a clear connection with entrepreneurs, farmers, food experts and the general public.
Largely hidden from the view of the city dweller, a worldwide network of food producers and supermarket chains takes care of our supply of daily food. This is very convenient, but it is also the cause of many problems. A handful of distributors decides what we eat. For the most part the people who produce the food are invisible. The natural seasons are passed by. Transport puts a heavy toll on the environment and climate. Supply is dependent on the amount of fuel available. There is hardly any knowledge of how our food is actually produced. The return of food production to the city might help to increase this awareness and might also create healthy and safe food within the boundaries of a more sustainable city. This requires a new way of looking at the city, where nature, the production landscape and the recreational landscape are linked to urbanism in a more ‘natural' way. With Foodprint Stroom aims to explore the possibilities of The Hague as a production landscape and to develop utopian, appealing and feasible proposals.
Stroom shows crucial moments relating to food, food production and the city through the work of artists and designers. Striking items include the visionary city-planning ideas of the architects Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1920s and 30s. In the late 1960s food itself was introduced into the arts as a way of discussing major social topics: Gordon Matta Clark used a restaurant as a social meeting place; in 1982 Agnes Denes made the political statement of sowing a wheatfield on Manhattan: real estate versus food. More recent projects include Atelier Van Lieshout, centered around autarky, and Raul Ortega Ayala who focuses on gardening and the relationship between food and religious value systems.
Artists in the exhibition (more names to be announced):
Atelier Van Lieshout, Bohn & Viljoen Architects, Olaf Breuning, Agnes Denes, Helmut Dick, Driessens & Verstappen, Fritz Haeg, Winy Maas met The Why Factory (TU Delft), Gordon Matta Clark, Christien Meindertsma, Leberecht Migge, Nils Norman, Raul Ortega Ayala, Giuseppe Penone, Debra Solomon, Van Bergen Kolpa Architecten, Frank Lloyd Wright, Yang Zhichao and many more to be announced
Hildegard Beijersbergen-Blom tel +31 70 3658985 email email@example.com
Image: Agnes Denes, Wheatfield, A confrontation, 1982
Binckhorstlaan 36, The Hague
Entrance: € 5
Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5 pm