There is now a room in Midtown, Manhattan that is fully covered in chocolate – sort of. Pop artist Ed Ruscha‘s Chocolate Room has landed in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art; Ruscha’s only single-room installation, which needs to be remade every time it is presented, is fully covered in sheets of paper screen-printed with chocolate.

Ruscha created this piece in 1970, for the United States Pavilion in Venice, Italy at the 35th Venice Biennale. “He [saw] Nestle has little metal tubes that contain chocolate paste. [reminded] him of the metal tubes for his oil paints,” curator Ana Torok recalls of his initial inspiration. “So he [decided] to use chocolate, screen printing that chocolate onto hundreds of sheets of paper and tiling those sheets across all four walls of a room.”

For the installation’s MOMA debut, he used an on-site screen press to manually screenprint chocolate paste onto hundreds of sheets of paper – which he then used to line the entire room from floor to ceiling.

MOMA shared a video on Instagram that highlights the installation’s creation from start to finish. The chocolate is poured on a giant silkscreen after it has melted. The chocolate is pushed along the silk screen and transferred onto the paper. Once the sheets of paper are dry, they can be handled – and installed in delectable layers on the walls. See it below.

Chocolate Room is open to visitors as part of MOMA’s ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN exhibit, which is on display through January 6, 2024. The exhibit features over 200 of Ruscha’s works – his most acclaimed works as well as lesser-known pieces – in various mediums including painting, drawing, prints, photography, artist’s books, film, and installation. Visit the MOMA’s website For more information, please click here.

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