Hungry mouths

Today, over half of the world’s population lives in cities. Antwerp, for instance, has more than 500,000 inhabitants. That’s half a million mouths to be fed every day. How do we manage to do this now, what will we do in the future, and does the past offer any inspiration?

Who eats what?

The Antwerp à la carte exhibition reveals the intimate relationship between the city and food, from the sixteenth century to the distant future. How do cities get their food? Which parts of the world do crops come from and how do they reach the city? What foods do people eat and where do they buy them? Does a modern kitchen bear any resemblance to one from the seventeenth century? And what do we do about all our food waste?

Food shapes the city

Follow the trail of food in the city and find out how what we eat has left its mark on the map of Antwerp. Stroll through markets and supermarkets, take a look in inns, cafes and restaurants, be surprised by smell and art installations. Try some finger-licking sixteenth-century recipes with a modern twist. Peek inside old kitchens full of strange utensils. Find out why Antwerp has so many local delicacies made of ingredients from around the world. And discover from the masterpieces of Antwerp’s greatest painters, contemporary art installations and photography how food has defined the streetscape for centuries.

Visitor Guide

Foodporn

Be inspired by the exhibition. Share your foodphotos on Instagram with #instamasfood and claim your spot in the exhibition. 

Out and about with Danny the Dockworker

Discover the stories behind the sugar, coffee and bananas in the Port of Antwerp. Meet Danny the Dockworker during an interactive and accessible multimedia port tour. You take a look behind the scenes of the Port of Antwerp. Book the tour via Antwerp Port Tours.

 

Guided tours:
Guided tour
tour for adults
A guide will show you the surprising, tortuous and often invisible trail of the food chain through Antwerp.
About the exhibition:
Take a virtual look in the museum hall.
Pagina uit 17e eeuws kookboek
Viki Geunes, chef of the famous restaurant Zilte, selected four recipes from around 1600 from the Cockbouck and came up with a contemporary version.
See also:
The MAS is happy to host the conference 'Food, People and the City. Comparative Perspectives', which is strongly linked to the theme of the MAS exhibition 'Antwerp a la carte'.
Afbeelding van een bezoeker met mondmasker
The MAS is open. Tickets have to be purchased online.