Running until the 28th of October, gallery Kunstraum Kreuzberg in Berlin is presenting “Hungry City”, a collection of 19 artistic positions dealing with agriculture and various aspects of food production and distribution. The exhibition demonstrates the issue’s already strong presence in the art world of the last 50 years in juxtaposing contemporary works of art with related pieces by renowned artists active between the 1960s and 1980s.
An accompanying program focuses on the links between the city, countryside and food: round tables and lectures explore issues like food over-production and structural changes in agriculture. In slow food workshops, visitors can appreciate the taste of a real tomato, or they can tour an organic, countryside farm outside of Berlin. Alternatively, one can visit the Prinzessinnengärten to witness an example of self-supply within the city’s limits. The urban gardening project, down the street from the exhibition, is one of the largest in Berlin and has inspired other similar gardens in the German capital. Around 1,000 activists take care of more than 400 plants there; nearby kindergartens pick up herbs for their lunches, and the garden café serves tasty dishes in a calm oasis within a lively neighborhood.
Kunstraum Kreuzberg is located at Mariannenplatz 2 / 10997 Berlin. The “Hungry City” exhibition runs from September 1st – October 28th, open daily from noon – 7 pm. Admission is free.