This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time

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13 September - 9 November 2014

Opening: Saturday 13 September, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

With: Kristina Benjocki, Sebastián Díaz Morales, Peter Fengler, Priscila Fernandes, Daniele Genadry, Walid Sadek, Rayyane Tabet, Esmé Valk, and Cynthia Zaven.

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam presents This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time, a collaborative project with the American University of Beirut (AUB) Art Gallery, developed by curators Angela Harutyunyan and Nat Muller. The exhibition features newly commissioned works by nine artists based in Lebanon and the Netherlands. This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time is the second of four exhibitions in SMBA in the series of the Stedelijk Museum’s Global Collaborations programme. The show will travel to AUB Art Gallery in March 2015.
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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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Guided tour and tomato seeds extraction workshop with Uli Westphal
2 days ago - 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

Will our Food crop up in the Future?
13 days ago - 20/08/2014

Date: Wednesday, 20 August
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: SMBA, Rozenstraat 59, Amsterdam
Language: English
Admission: free
Reservations through: mail@smba.nl

With: Joris Lohman (YFM), Luc Groot (Agriterra), Annechien Meier, Bert Visser (CGN), Uli Westphal and moderator Janno Lanjouw (FFF)


Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam organizes, in cooperation with Youth Food Movement, a debate addressing the topic of crop and food security. Crop diversity is one of the most important and most undervalued public goods in the world. The greater the diversity of crops and of the varieties contained within them, the greater the guarantee that our agriculture can endure any disaster, from drought to diseases. The opposite is also true. A decrease in diversity increases the likelihood that the biological basis of our food disappears. Will our food crop up in the future? will bring together artists, scientists and thinkers to discuss on the state of the worlds crop diversity and on ways to preserve and promote it.
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