Wim T. Schippers

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Willem Theodoor "Wim T." Schippers (Groningen, 1942) is a Dutch artist, comedian, television director, and voice actor. During the 1960s, he worked mostly as a visual artist, associated with the international Fluxus-movement.

As a television writer, director, and actor he is responsible for some of the most notable and controversial shows on Dutch televisions from the 1960s to the 1990s, creating a number of lasting characters and enriching the language with terms and expressions first coined in his shows. In addition, he voiced the characters of Ernie and Kermit the Frog on the Dutch version of Sesame Street.

Throughout the 1960s Schippers' work was popular with the director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Willem Sandberg, who bought many of his drawings and collages.

A notable work by Wim T. Schippers is the Pindakaasvloer ("Peanut butter floor"), a floor covered with peanut butter. The concept dated from 1962, but it was first realized in 1969 in Loenersloot. The work was redone in 1997 in the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, and again in a gallery in 2010.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam bought the concept in 2010 and installed it in 2011; at least three visitors accidentally walked onto the 4 by 12 meter floor, and Schippers fielded more than 500 video questions on the blog Pindakaaspost.

4 videos

  • Art's Birthday

    In 1963, Fluxus artist Robert Filliou declared his birthday - January 17 - as Art's Birthday. In 2012 it was the fourth time to celebrate. This video gives an impression of a special evening.

  • The Puzzle That Is The Boijmans...

    A short film telling the story of the creation of the museum collection and the role of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation.

  • BoijmansTV: Gravity

    It is something of a miracle that your hair falls downwards and that your feet go to the ground when you want to walk. Wim T. Schippers says this to security guard Arie in the 13th episode of Boijmans TV.

  • 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.