Uli Westphal - Transplantation

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12 July - 31 August 2014

Opening: Saturday 12 July, 5-7 p.m. with tomato soup by Kromkommer

This summer German artist Uli Westphal will transform Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam into a greenhouse, where over sixty remarkable tomato varieties will be cultivated. The extraordinary collection of tomato plants traces the evolution of the tomato from a wild plant into an industrial product. It includes ancient, pre-Columbian precursors of modern tomatoes, traditional cultivars from all parts of the world, as well as game-changing industrial varieties, such as the first variety that was bred solely to withstand handling by a mechanical harvesting machine. Once the tomatoes have ripened, visitors can sample their unique flavors and textures, learn how to extract and save their seeds, and adopt individual plants. The project fits perfectly in the space of SMBA, with its transparent roof that sometimes causes greenhouse temperatures during the summer.
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I Knew Such Lovely Pictures & The Cave of the Hermaphrodite

Matthew Shannon & Adam Ulbert

25 June – 29 June 2014

Opening: Wednesday 25 June, 6-9 p.m.

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam welcomes Matthew Shannon and Adam Ulbert during A Festival of Choices, initiated by the Master of Fine Arts programme of the Sandberg Institute. As part of their graduation, Shannon and Ulbert will show their work for five days in the exhibition space of SMBA. The artists have delved into the virtues and characteristics that are frequently assumed to distinguish humans from objects, animals, and other entities. Both artists question these divisions between subject and object, and consider ways to reunite these oppositional categories by making use of film, sculpture, and a broad range of other items. Their works explore the borders of humanness and establish intimate relationships between humans and non-humans, for example by simply stressing the chemical elements of which both consist.
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Guided tour and tomato seeds extraction workshop with Uli Westphal
in the future - 31/08/2014

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Voluntary donation (suggestion: € 5.00) RSVP: mail@smba.nl

The exhibition 'Uli Westphal - Transplantation' in Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam concludes with a guided tour and seed extraction workshop. During the workshop artist Uli Westphal will demonstrate how to extract seeds from tomatoes. In addition, Westphal will tell the stories behind the many tomato varieties that matured during the summer in the exhibition. Westphal will also elaborate on his long research on crop diversity, for which he collected many obscure fruit and vegetable samples and collaborated with farmers, gene banks and non-profit organizations. Of course, participants can also taste the unique flavors and textures, and learn how to extract seeds from the tomatoes and keep them. It is also possible to adopt an extraordinary tomato variety to grow in future seasons in and around Amsterdam. Support biodiversity and join us!

The workshop is kindly supported by the Goethe Institut

1 month ago - 20/06/2014

MACBA Capella, Barcelona

Opening: Thursday June 19 from 7:30 to 10:00pm

Within the context of the exhibition organised at the end of the MeLa project European Museums in an Age of Migrations, the Stedelijk Museum presents two performances in collaboration with Quinsy Gario. Central elements of his Zwarte Piet is Racisme (Black Pete is Racism) are displayed in an installation, while A Village Called Gario will be performed. Read more…

A Village Called Gario will also be staged at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as opening of the exhibition 'How Far How Near'.

A project in collaboration with the Curating Contemporary Art Programme, Royal College of Art and supported by MeLa.

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