Ale was once the customary beverage for English breakfasts up until the late 18th century, as water was polluted and considered undrinkable.
This is just one of the paradigm shifts in eating patterns explored in the temporary exhibition, ‘Art of the table’ at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Through a beautiful selection of decorative crockery, delicate glassware and an array of cutlery, the exhibition takes you on a journey that examines how the change in social attitudes and globalisation have influenced the way we eat and the food we consume over the past 500 years.
The opening of this exhibition is to coincide with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and is the perfect addition to both the NGV and the Melbourne culinary landscape. Since this temporary exhibition focuses European dining, it would be interesting to see how the ‘Art of the table’ explores other cuisines.
The National Gallery of Victoria
Free Exhibition, until 31 December 2014
Open daily from 10am – 5pm
Decorative Arts Passage
NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3006