“The ATLAS is based on key information collected among 59 museums throughout Europe exhibiting a large scale of items related to bread and baking. The Atlas takes us from museum to museum in a very appropriate way, presenting the history and modernity of the stuff of life,” explains Vujadinovic.
“The mystery and wonder of bread is not of historical value. It is a living human treasure trove of collective memory! And that is why that heritage deserves to be noticed, not only as a museum value or an industrial product, but also as a living human wealth of spirituality, culture and skills, which should be passed on to future generations.
“The poetics of bread is scattered in space and time – in prayers, rituals, songs, literature, painting, music… Dostoevsky wrote: ‘There is nothing in the world as positive as bread!’ The mystery and wonder of the connection between man and bread is a living treasure trove of collective memory and a testimony to the baking skills, ethical and symbolic verticals of people’s lives. That is why the bread culture is a mosaic representation of the past, present and future of man – beliefs, hopes, pain and joy.
“How could it be presented, or what would the landscape of our culture look like without a museum of bread? Of course, each of these extraordinary and unique bread houses does so in its own special way. A number of museums are dedicated to the decades-long family tradition of baking, others talk about the life of a place or region, while some represent the role of bread in the history of civilizations and religions. Bread museums are also an important part of the industrial heritage.”