Art Lover Puts His Foot In It!

A visitor to the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam, Holland made quite an impression this week after inadvertently stepping onto one of the exhibits. And if that weren’t bad enough, the exhibit in question was a featureless, floor level tank filled with over a thousand litres of peanut butter.

Much to the amusement of nearby tourists , the startled art lover promptly sank into the installation, a 1962 work by Dutch artist Wim T. Schippers named – appropriately – Peanut Butter Platform, but since the piece is only a few centimetres deep, he was quite able to extract himself, leaving only a few nutty footprints as record of his adventure.

The museum meanwhile has demanded that the unfortunate fellow pay for the damage caused by his impromptu art-criticism, but they may have no solid foundation to do so. This is not the first time someone has accidentally trod on the exhibit, but museum bosses have previously refused to erect any form of barrier around the piece claiming that to do so would spoil its beauty (Herald Sun).
     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Fri May 13, 2011
     Category: Accidents | Goofs and Screw-ups | Art | Avant Garde

Besides, one could argue that this isn't even the original piece, since they regularly have to remake it with fresh peanut butter.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 05/13/11 at 08:06 AM
i was gonna say dumbfounded, if that pb is from '62...
still pretty gross even with fresh pb. if it was here you can bet the museum would get sued and pay out some big bucks for having no barriers. when it is an adult its funny, but what if a small child fell in? they do run ahead now and then.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/13/11 at 09:15 AM
Don't they realize that there are thousands of starving kind in Africa that could lead better lives if they had that peanut butter; instead these uncaring people have squandered (what must be) tons of this rich food source for over 40 years now!
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