The Peanut-Butter Platform by Wim T. Schippers
What a lot of attention in the media for the acquisition of a work of art! Perhaps because it is only a concept, and that (probably) a lot of money was paid for that ‘idea’? Or because the work of art, if it is actually executed, is made a rather non-presumptuous substance that is found on breakfast tables in most Dutch kitchens. It is, of course, wonderful that so many people, citing the phrase ‘I can do that too’, believe they are artists. Something new is the predicate ‘mortally dangerous’ - for people with an allergy. And yes, indeed, they are advised not to consume the work of art. Just as, in fact, a 17th century masterpiece is not meant to be eaten. That contains rather a lot of poisonous lead.
This video tells about the origins of the Peanut Butter Floor by Wim T. Schippers and how the work fits into the oeuvre of this unique man of ideas, who exhibited in the Stedelijk Museum when he was just twenty and seemed to have a career ahead of him as visual artist. Not only because he made beautiful objects, but also because he was far ahead of his time. The video contains interviews with Harry Ruhé, collector and expert of the Fluxus movement and conceptual art, and with Wim T. Schippers himself.