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October 30, 2013 Leave a comment

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What is interesting is the use of 3D miniature buildings  placed on the ground plan of the Forbidden City for this exhibit.  The exhibition  will be open until February 2nd, 2014 and includes a number of  sumptuous luxury items made exclusively for  the Imperial Court as well as some exquisite  erotic  drawings from the Ferdinand Bertholet collection.





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
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 

The World of Art in the Age of Google

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Google unveiled the Art Project   last Tuesday in London. Seventeen museums from around the globe will be featured in this state-of-the -art virtual environment where Google technologies enable visitors to stroll the halls of Versailles, The Freer/Sackler Galleries in WDC, The Frick Collection in NYC, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, MoMA in NYC, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Tate Britain in London, the Met in NYC, Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Gemaeldegalerie in Berlin, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Museum Kampa in Prag und Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. This is a great tool for self-education. At your leisure, you can look closely at paintings and discover things you may not have noticed when you looked at it in person. Google hopes to sign up more museums – noticeably absent are “my” Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay, and most museums in the United States. As of now, the system includes some 10,000 works of art, fewer than available on other virtual art data bases. It is no substitute for seeing a work of art in person and only a number of selected (by somebody else not you) works are available. So I consider it a great step forward in virtual art presentation but remember that it is only the next best thing to being there.