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THE DUTCH EAST INDIES AT HOME

An exhibition in Amsterdam

Some of us who have admired the wild trading with the East of times past and engaged in it in a small fashion in the 19th/20th century, will be familiar with the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC).

Established in 1602 to carry out “colonial” activities in Asia, the VOC engaged in extensive trade with Asia, originally dealing mainly  in spices, but eventually in tons of other Asian trade goods. It was the first multinational company and the first to issue stocks. It first establishd itself in the port of Batavia (Jakarta) and later acquired additional ports and often surrounding territories.  It is reported that the VOC  paid approximately 18% interest for two hundred years! It was formally dissolved in 1800, and its territories became  the Dutch East Indies, part of today’s Indonesia.
 
Please read about an exhibit in Amsterdam showcasing art and antiques from the former Dutch East Indies, as described in artdaily.org.
 
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This exhibition consists for a large part of objects kindly provided on loan from the private collections of members of the Association of Friends of Asiatic Art.
AMSTERDAM.- Amsterdam’s Museum Geelvinck presents the third exhibition in the series Asia from the Heart. ‘The Dutch East Indies at Home – traces of a colonial past’ will run from April 21 to October 10, 2011. The exhibition focuses on those traces of the former Dutch East Indies colony, which still linger in Dutch homes; remnants discernible in many aspects of Dutch culture. 

The exhibition features an array of tangible memories, many of them collected in the days when the island archipelago of today’s Indonesia was known as the Dutch East Indies. Memories that in the intimacy of a family’s home still embody a specific Dutch East Indies character. Memories that live on as family histories, as decorative elements on living room walls, as mementoes on mantelpieces, or objects hidden away in drawers of old chests. Aromas and flavours that have become part of the Dutch culinary tradition. What could be more Dutch than the Indonesian rice table? These are all recognizable or almost forgotten remains of the Dutch colonial past. Sweet and bitter memories, still present in the here and now. 

This exhibition consists for a large part of objects kindly provided on loan from the private collections of members of the Association of Friends of Asiatic Art. Previously, China and Japan featured in the series Asia from the Heart. 

Some highlights: 

  •  A complete Yogya silver tea service 
  • Wayang dolls in Keraton quality 
  • Works by, amongst others, Jan Daniel Beynon, Willem Hofker, Jan Frank and Rudolf Bonnet 
  • A seventeenth-century throne belonging to the Sultan of Yogya 
  • Hitherto unknown family home movies from the 1920-‘30’s Dutch East Indies 
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