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May 2011

Only one week left to see the Peanut-Butter Platform

Would you like to see the Peanut-Butter Platform in person? Do you have a question for Wim T. Schippers? Then you better get a move on. The much-discussed sculpture with more than 900 litres of peanut butter is on show for only one more week in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Wim T. Schippers, The Peanut-Butter Platform, 2011, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg
Wim T. Schippers, The Peanut-Butter Platform, 2011, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg

When the Peanut-Butter Platform is cleared away at the end of May, it will have been on display for almost three months in an exhibition including other works by Wim T. Schippers, including the floating stone ‘Het Is Me Wat / And Now What’s Up’ (1999) and ‘Eggs’ (1966), a carpet of white cotton swabs with green wooden eggs. The acquisition and exhibition of the Peanut-Butter Platform raised lots of questions for the public. The work was unveiled during Rotterdam Museum Night on 5 March, when almost 10,000 visitors came to see it. The sculpture has remained a topic of conversation over the last few months.

Via an interactive video, the ‘Peanut-Butter Post’, visitors can pose their questions about the sculpture to the artist. Wim T. Schippers answered (nearly) all the questions via his webcam. He has already answered more than five hundred questions. The artist was asked what he thought it would be like to cover an entire living room with peanut butter, to which Schippers answered: ‘When can I visit?’ Another visitor wanted to know why the artist had chosen peanut butter rather than, say, chocolate spread. His answer was: ‘Because it is very difficult, if not impossible, to make a peanut-butter platform from chocolate spread’. For all the video questions and answers visit the Peanut-Butter Post on ArtTube.

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