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Wim T. Schippers
Wim T. Schippers (1942) is a visual artist, author, and theatre, radio, and television maker. He is known for things such as:
- 1962: emptying a bottle of lemonade into the sea near Petten
- 1967: television programme Hoepla with a naked Phil Bloom.
- 1971: television programme The Fred Haché Show
- 1974: Sjef van Oekels Discohoek
- 1984-91: radio programme Ronflonflon with Jacques Plafond.
- 1986: theatre show Going to the Dogs with dogs as actors.
- 1989: comedy series We zijn weer thuis [We’re home again] - (with Schippers himself as Simon Raaspit)
- The voice of Ernie (from Bert and Ernie) and Kermit the Frog (from the Muppet Show) in the Dutch version of the children’s programme Sesame Street.
- 1995-2002: presenter of the National Science quiz.
Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sports
The stone by Wim T. Schippers is called ‘Het Is Me Wat’ [Unbelievable]. The artist collaborated with the Technical University in Delft on the development of a so-called mechatronic piece of equipment with magnetic operating system that apparently resolves gravity. The work was made for the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare, and Sports and was unveiled on 16 December 1999. The civil servants vandalised the work, and in 2006 it was decided to transfer it to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. It was placed there in 2009, after undergoing a facelift at the TU Delft, in the entrance hall, where it could be viewed free of charge until early 2012. From 1 May to 31 October 2010, the stone was on show in the Dutch Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. In addition to Het Is Me Wat, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection also contains a relief, an assembly, 15 drawings, 5 films from the ‘sixties, and 55 videos of television programmes from the period 1978-2000 by Wim T. Schippers. In January 2011 the museum bought his famous Peanut butter Platform from 1962.
He could have become known as one of the most important visual artists of the second half of the twentieth century, but because Wim T. Schippers prefers to follow convoluted paths that seem to lead nowhere, recognition has still not been given to him. What’s more: his work still evokes irritation. Het Is Me Wat [Unbelievable!], a sculpture dating from 1999 of a large stone that seems to float above its plinth, was sabotaged from the very start by the civil servants for whom it was made. Apparently, small miracles are not permitted. The work is now safe in the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. In this interview, Wim T. Schippers talks about Het Is Me Wat, discussing both the technique and the intention that is hidden behind it. This interview is a compilation of the interview with Wim T. Schippers in Boijmans TV (episode 13). The interview is complemented with material for which there was no room in the television programme.
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