Paddestoelen Paradijs was a little patch of mushroom paradise in the center of Amsterdam. Learn how to grow and prepare your own mushrooms, and join us on fungi scavenger hunts. Explore the world of mushrooms, fungus, and bacteria through art works and lectures. Imagine what it would mean to be able to replace plastic with a biodegradable fungi-based alternative: mycelium.
Mushrooms remain a source of inspiration for every generation of artists. View the world of fungi through the eyes of contemporary artists who are working with fungi in its many forms. From a giant moldy tomato wall to magnified images of fungal cultures, we are exploring and experimenting with this new and complex world. Our artworks are constantly growing with the exhibition, including a decomposing 'body' slowly being overgrown by tiny mushrooms. We also have music being made by falling mushroom spores and radioactive mushroom photographs from the forests of Fukushima.
Sit down in a comfy chair and find out all about what has been written on fungi. From philosophical notes and the entire range of ethnomycology to descriptive guides and children's books. Browse through the entire library here.
New Materials Lab
Transforming into a more eco-friendly and self sustaining society is one of the main challenges of the 21st century. Mycelium (the roots of fungi) can be used to literally grow a biodegradable material that can replace Styrofoam and other plastics. What does this mean? How can we use fungi to radically change eco-unfriendly production processes? Can we kill plastic? Paddestoelen Paradijs is a first, playful step towards a larger design initiative that will stimulate the cultural and artistic potential of innovative design solutions and sustainable materials. Fungi are the new plastic!
A clean room is a space with a controlled level of contamination. That means it has very, very few particles, like dust, in the air. Substrate for the cultivation of mushrooms is made in such a room. We built this clean room ourselves so that we can experiment with growing our own mushrooms. Experience what it's like to work in a clean room and participate in experiments and workshops with us.
Open Wednesday through Sunday, from 13.00 - 18.00. Entrance: €5,00 for a one month membership. The membership gives you unlimited access to the exhibition for one month and a discount for the Over Datum Eetclub and the Ignite Amsterdam and salon events.
Vijzelstraat 68, 1017 HL Amsterdam. For information about group visits, call us on: 020 - 6389901 or