Harvest: Art, Film And Food



The smell of Thai takeaway has been emanating from the Gallery of Modern Art…

Just ahead of ‘Harvest: Art, Film + Food’ opening at GOMA from 28 June – 21 September, Arts Minister Ian Walker was on hand this week to serve up a traditional Thai lunch to three unsuspecting gallery visitors and Gary Stafford, Managing Director of PanAust, Major Sponsor of ‘Harvest’.

Around a rather conspicuous table set with cutlery and a traditional Thai stainless steel ‘tiffin’ lunchbox, Gary and the gallery-goers talked, laughed and enjoyed Thai take-out. So what’s going on?…well it’s part of ‘Harvest’, it’s a social sculpture by Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija.


Rirkrit Tiravanija, Argentina/Thailand b.1961 / Untitled (lunch box) 1998 / Stainless steel tiffin, Thai newspaper, Thai takeaway food from local restaurant / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2009 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

Every Thursday and Saturday during ‘Harvest’ Tiravanija’s work Untitled (lunch box) will enable Gallery visitors to come together and share a traditional Thai-style lunch. The interactive artwork offers a playful disruption to the usual art viewing experience by introducing the smells and noises of cooking, eating and talking…

‘Harvest’ opening weekend on Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June will feature curator and artist talks, exhibition tours, chef cooking demonstrations and alfresco fare served on the Gallery’s Bodhi Tree Terrace. All are welcome.

The presentation of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Untitled (lunch box) in ‘Harvest’ is supported by the exhibition’s Major Sponsor, PanAust.