Tapas. Spanish Design for Food
What is the role design has played in relation to food and cuisine in Spain? The exhibition Tapas. Spanish Design for Food, organized by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), shows through two hundred or so design objects divided into four sections—Kitchen, Table, Food, and Wine—how design, tradition, cuisine, science, the latest trends, art, and innovation have contributed to establishing food habits.
The exhibition invites the visitor to discover how design finds solutions to the problems posed over the years by the world of cuisine. And particularly how Spanish culture has come up with ingenious inventions and solutions throughout history. Not only has this association proved to be fruitful from a functional viewpoint, but the art world has also drawn inspiration from food to produce interesting works that are midway between installation art and the anthropological discourse of a country.
The exhibition also tries to highlight how Spain brings together design, creativity and cuisine as characteristic values. In both raw materials and their preparation, in the theoretical field and in inspired designs, Spain’s food culture crosses boundaries and competes at the highest level worldwide.
Spanish designers, chefs, companies and institutions contribute daily to shaping this culture, which unarguably constitutes a highly valuable intangible asset.
The exhibition is accompanied in each venue by a parallel programme of activities, meetings between Spanish and local professionals, performances, etc.