portuguese menus
(2005 – 2006)

An exhibition gathering several dozen menus and lists, on loose handwritten or printed pages, distributed to diners at banquets, the result of research and collection work by the exhibition’s commissioner, Isabel Drumond Braga. The menus on display, some royal, from the nobility, others from the wealthy bourgeoisie or from the common people, were born of an aristocratic tradition that then passed down to other social classes. By mentioning the delicacies, a record of the meal was created; the descriptions were not always clear but included the wines and the music that would be played. The investment in the imagery decorating the menus was meant to celebrate the noble house, the host’s family, or the cause that prompted the banquet.