The recently acquired ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’, conceived by Wim T. Schippers in 1962, is on display from 5 March.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen acquired ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’ (1962) by Wim T. Schippers in December 2010. The work will be displayed as part of a special exhibition from 5 March during Rotterdam Museum Night. Visitors can see other works by the artist including ‘The Eggs’, comprising a white carpet of mops with green eggs, and the floating stone ‘Het is me wat’ (Well I Never) from 1999, and learn about the history of ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’. You can also pose questions directly to artist via an online webcam. For more information about ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’ and Wim T. Schippers, visit our website.
Questions and responses
We have received many questions and responses about the acquisition and display of ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’. People have asked themselves whether ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’ is a work of art, why money was paid for it and what it adds to the collection. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen made a selection of these questions and presented them to Wim T. Schippers.
Here is an example of one of the questions and the artist’s answer:
Why is ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’ a work of art?
The idea behind ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’ is that in principle everything is meaningless and senseless, and therefore still worthwhile. Of course peanut butter on the floor is very strange. But by exhibiting it in a museum people can see that something like this can also be art and it will make them think about what art really is. I show that art can be made from anything if you simply call it that. The visitor must look for his or her own answers in life and not simply accept other people’s opinions. It is about having fun with the most ridiculous things.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has made a special film about ‘Peanut-Butter Platform’, which can be seen from 5 March on ArtTube, the museum’s online video channel.
‘Peanut-Butter Platform’ has been purchased thanks to a contribution from the Mondriaan Foundation. The exhibition has been made possible by Unilever.