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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.
13 September - 9 November 2014
Opening: Saturday 13 September, 5 - 7 p.m.
The second exhibition in SMBA in the context of Global Collaborations, this time in collaboration with AUB Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon. With new work by Sebastian Diaz Morales, Peter Fengler, Kristina Benjocki, Rayyane Tabet, Priscila Fernandes, Daniele Genadry, Walid Sadek, Esme Valk and Cynthia Zaven.
Guest curators: Angela Harutyunyan and Nat Muller