The art of gastronomy takes center stage on Museum Night

“Cooking is the oldest art in the world, but also the newest,” said the great French chef and restaurateur, Auguste Escoffier.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
14 May 2024 Tuesday 17:28
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The art of gastronomy takes center stage on Museum Night

“Cooking is the oldest art in the world, but also the newest,” said the great French chef and restaurateur, Auguste Escoffier. That is why within the offer presented by the almost 90 museums and museum spaces in Barcelona this year during the Night of the Museums, there are hidden gastronomic proposals to rediscover the origins of culinary art, travel to other times through their dishes and delight in flavors that enhance the visual beauty of the works. These are some of the activities that food lovers should not miss this Saturday, May 18:

How has food in Catalonia changed over time? The History Museum of Catalonia proposes not only to discover it but to taste it, through History Tastings. In the exhibition rooms there will be information on the specific diet of each era. Once the tour has been completed, visitors will be able to go up to the museum's restaurant and, with the purchase of a 10-euro ticket, enjoy a glass of wine and a dish of their choice from a variety of delicacies inspired by different periods in history.

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To elevate all the senses the exhibition Suzanne Valadon. A modern epic, which revisits the emblematic figure of the French artist, the museum prepared a special gastronomic offer for the occasion. Dishes inspired by Belle Époque Paris take over the Oval Room, one of the largest spaces for social events in Europe.

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The Terra Museum, from the Carulla foundation, is a cultural center that invites us to reflect on sustainable social transformation from the rural area. On Saturday night, guided tours will take place through the Peus a Terra exhibition. This proposal seeks to promote a genuine transformation towards a more sustainable life and encourage reconnection with the land that feeds us.

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What was agriculture and food like in the Middle Ages? The Pedralbes Monastery opens its doors on this occasion to offer guided tours of its medieval garden. From this walled enclosure of almost 3,000 square meters of cultivation, the nuns have extracted some of the vegetables, legumes or fruits that they cooked, as well as the herbs with which they prepared medicines for the community from the year 1327, until the end of the century. XX. In addition to its historical value, the space today houses a social and research project.

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In this museum located in the Parc del Fòrum, visitors will be able to enjoy the permanent exhibition Planeta Vida and, in addition, will have free access to the current temporary exhibitions. Water stands out among them, an exhibition without a filter. The exhibition seeks to give voice to the basic right to drinking water, something “common” for some, but at the same time “utopian” for more than 2,000 million people.

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Those with a sweet tooth cannot miss the opportunity to visit this museum for free. The visit offers a tour of the history of cocoa and its arrival in Europe. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of this ingredient in pastry and art, as a component that unites “myth and reality.”

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Visit the two houses that are part of the city's water supply system: the Trinitat Vella lifting station and the Trinitat Nova reservoir, as well as the pipes that connect them to each other and to the rest of the city. In addition, the exhibition The water revolution in Barcelona. From the pre-industrial world to the environmental challenge, it explains the strategies and systems of water provision in the city from Roman times to the present.

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