Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

A new Forever Summer growing season has begun.

After two editions in 2020 and 2021, Forever Summer is back at the Van Abbemuseum. Between the 12th and 14th of April 2024, around 30 households in Eindhoven picked up seeds of 8 different tomato varieties with fascinating names as Helsing Junction Blue, Beryl Dwarf Beauty, Summer of Love or Moneymaker. Over the coming months, these home growers will form a tomato community and explore the interaction between pigment and climate by growing different coloured tomatoes. Through a logbook given to each member of the tomato community, the main events during the summer, concerning our climate zone, will be recorded. Will sunshine-hour records be broken again this summer? Will we face rainy, dry, balanced or extremely stormy weather? What role does the course of the summer play in the growth of these yellow, blue, green, red and multicolor tomatoes?

Collectively we will take a look at the time- and place-less supermarket landscape, where new tomatoes can be found in the shelves every day and seasonality seems to be a matter of the past.