Ulla von Brandenburg: Sweet Feast

In partnership with Le Prix Marcel Duchamp

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    Ulla von Brandenburg, Production still from Sweet Feast, 2018, super-16 mm film, colour, sound. Courtesy the artist

Past Exhibition

This exhibition was on 20 Sep 2018 – 31 Mar 2019

Ulla von Brandenburg: Sweet Feast

In partnership with Le Prix Marcel Duchamp

20 September 2018 – 31 March 2019

Five hundred children visited Whitechapel Gallery on 28 January 1973 to learn about sweets as a popular art. An enticing display of confectionary including Belgian chocolate coins, French lollipops shaped as the Eiffel Tower, gummy mice from Germany, coffee-flavoured Hopjes from Holland, Italian marzipan fruits, salty licorice from Denmark, Irish mints and toffee from Yorkshire – was part of the ‘Fanfare for Europe’ celebrations, marking Britain’s entry into the European Common Market. Billed as a ‘Sweet Feast’, visitors were invited to sample candies that had been donated by some of the manufacturers. The exhibition came to an unexpected end when the children overwhelmed the guard and devoured all the displays.

A new film by Ulla von Brandenburg (b. 1974, Germany) commissioned by Whitechapel Gallery with Le Prix Marcel Duchamp, following her nomination in 2016 for this prestigious annual award, recreates the event. Renowned for a body of work drawing on theatre and performance to explore complex social issues, von Brandenburg has also designed a colourful seating structure resembling a landscape, transforming spectator into participant.

Filmed with children from the Arnhem Wharf Primary School, von Brandenburg explores the dynamics between the individual and the group; and the hopes of young people at a time when Brexit may limit opportunities for future generations.


Sweet Feast Still 4

Ulla von Brandenburg

Thu 6 Dec, 7pm
£9.50/ £7.50 concs

Ulla von Brandenburg in conversation with Chief Curator Lydia Yee.

Lead Partner:

Association for the International Diffusion of French Art

Le Prix Marcel Duchamp a prestigious annual award created by collectors to highlight the French contemporary scene.

The Whitechapel Gallery Commissioning Council:
Erin Bell
Leili Huth
Irene Panagopoulos
Catherine Petitgas
Mariela Pissioti
Alex Sainsbury

With additional support from:
Fluxus Art Projects

With thanks to:
Arnhem Wharf Primary School
Konditor & Cook

Find out more

Read the press release