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February 8, 2020

Peanut Butter Floor

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From the Museum Bojimans Van Beuningen website:

In December 2010, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands purchased the concept of the Peanut Butter Floor (1962) from Wim T. Schippers.

From March 5 to May 29, 2011, the floor was on display in an exhibition in which other works by the artist were also shown, such as the floating stone "Het Is Me Wat" (1999) and the white carpet "Eggs" (1966), made of mops in which green eggs are processed.

Schippers answered more than 500 questions about the Peanut Butter Floor via Peanut Butter Post.

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He is best known to the general public as a maker of television, radio and theater, as a writer, and as a visual artist. 

As an artist, Schippers has delivered many high-profile works, in which food played a major role.

In 1962, a pink pudding was exhibited in Museum Fodor that was so large that visitors could not walk through that room to the garden.

Schippers had made an exhibition of found objects for the garden room: a children's mattress, a tablet of chocolate (Van Houten; his father worked there as an accountant), a pack of ice cream cones, a bowl of money, and a plasticized cabbage were shown here.

Two floor sculptures were also on display in Museum Fodor.

One room was completely sprinkled with salt, while another room was completely filled with broken pieces of window glass.

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This is also where the idea for the Peanut Butter Floor came into existence.

For an exhibition in Galerie '20 (later Galerie Jaki Kornblitt) by Felix Valk, Schippers had devised a floor of cooked spinach.

The gallery owner did not think this was such a good idea, and the artist suggested endive.

Another work with food was a chair that Schippers covered in 1965 with canned noodles.

The bami chair and a table with peas were made at Modern Places organized by him in various places in the country.

Groups of food have also been devised, following an example by Daniel Spoerri (known for his 'eat-art', among other things).

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[via my Crack Netherlands Correspondent®© Jaap who wrote, in a comment on Walter De Maria's "The New York Dirt Room," "Reminds me of the 'Pindakaas Vloer' (Peanut Butter Floor) in the Bojimans Van Beuninginen Museum in Rotterdam." Spot-on.]

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