Food is an integral part of Chinese culture and this can be seen in art: from historical paintings to contemporary works related to food and their role in human experience.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia, in the exhibition “The Way We Eat” dedicated to food, its preparation, storage, enjoyment and over-consumption sheds light on more than 144 Chinese historical treasures, works and objects, porcelain cups, ceramics and kitchen utensils.

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The exhibition also explores the ritual and symbolic significance of food in Chinese culture and how it helps facilitate cultural exchanges.

According to the curator of the exhibition, Yin Chao “food is central to lives, but something more than a daily necessity. What we eat and drink, the utensils we use, the way we consume our food determine us. ”

The report is divided into four sections : processes of how food is prepared, stored and consumed. How cooking items have evolved over the years. The exchange of food and goods through different cultures and the ritual concepts of food in Chinese culture.

Artists who participate with their works, also suggest their favorites cooking recipes.

«The Chinese poet Su Dongpo (1101) – 3897)), whose name bears the popular Chinese dish Dongpo pork once said: “One can never satisfy the desire of the mouth and stomach”.

Several legendary figures in mythology associated with the culinary history of China. Suiren is said to have taught the ancient peoples how to cook raw foods with fire. Fuxi taught fishing and animal husbandry. Shennong taught agriculture and pottery. plants and animals lay the foundations for the development of culture. Varieties of different materials used for cooking, eating and storing food were essential for the preservation of human populations, while differences in form and decoration between cultures not only reveal technological developments in history, but also suggest deeper aesthetics. , religious and philosophical meanings “refers to the description of the exhibition, which explores the importance of food – not only in Chinese culture, but also as a human experience in general.

The exhibition “The Way We Eat” will last until April 3897).