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Hidden Base of Borobudor

Hidden Base of Borobudor

The ancient 9th century Buddhist temple site of Borobudor in central Java, Indonesia, was the focus of an ASEMUS research project first developed in 2003. Three institutions, namely the National Research and Development Centre of Archaeology, Jakarta; the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden; and the Tropenmuseum, collaborated on the project. The champion of this project […]  Read More

Caption: VCM Board of Trustees meets in Stockholm, Sweden in October 2011 to consider the 2011 yearly report and to adopt plans for 2012

Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces

The Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces (VCM) is about sharing. Objects that are physically far apart and spread out in museum collections all over the Eurasian continent are brought together in the virtual world.  Read More

View of Baba Bling exhibition at musee du quai Branly, 2010

Peranakan Research Project

The term ’Peranakan’, in Singapore, refers generally to the community of Chinese communities whose ancestors’ intermarriage with local Malays brought about a unique fusion of cultures. Peranakan Chinese culture is an example of cross-cultural fusion in South-east Asia during the colonial period, mainly in Singapore, Malacca and Indonesia. In similar ways, Chinese mestizos developed a unique cultural identity through assimilation in the Philippines. Continuing the phenomenon of cultural diasporas was the transcontinental emigration of many Peranakan Chinese communities from Indonesia to Holland in the 1950s.  Read More

Preservation Project

Preservation Project

From the start, preservation of the shared heritage has been high on the ASEMUS agenda. In 2003, an international workshop on the exchange of approaches to preservation and presentation was jointly organised by the Department of Museums and Antiquities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of […]  Read More

Self and Other: Portraits from Asia and Europe

Self and Other: Portraits from Asia and Europe

This travelling exhibition is about how people in Asian and European countries have visualised themselves and each other from earliest times up to the present. Its purpose is to promote better mutual understanding among peoples by exposing stereotypes which Asians and Europeans have had and still have about each other and about themselves. The challenge […]  Read More

Exchanging Cultural Information on Islands west of Sumatra

Exchanging Cultural Information on Islands west of Sumatra

Since the mid-19th century, mainly European researchers and collectors have gathered materials and documentation about the island of Sumatra. This project aimed to synthesise the available information on objects, photos and archive materials in European museums and make them easily available for the island populations and for the people in Indonesia and Asia. Objective Exchange […]  Read More

Bali on My Mind

Bali on My Mind

The island of Bali in Indonesia, was the focus of exhibitions curated by two ASEMUS member museum – Bali: dancing for the gods at the Horniman museum in London and Balinese Art in Transition at the Kunst Historisches Museum In Vienna. Bali: dancing for the gods at the Horniman museum is curated by Fiona Kerlogue […]  Read More

Meeting for the Mapping of Asian Collections Project

Meeting for the Mapping of Asian Collections Project

    The Mapping of Asian Collection Project is based on the core of ASEMUS’s mission which is the sharing of collections and information. The Mapping Project was first proposed at the Paris General Conference in September 2010. The guiding principles and the action plan for 2011-2014 is Increased Visibility – Increased Sharing. This theme departs […]  Read More

ASEMUS  Executive Committee Meeting, Paris, 2010

ASEMUS Executive Committee Meeting, Paris, 2010

Discussion at the meeting revolved around new initiatives proposed – the mapping of collections and professionals, the fate of the ASEMUS website and the move of the Secretariat to another member institution. (Minutes to be included later).  Read More

ASEMUS General Conference, Paris, 2010

ASEMUS General Conference, Paris, 2010

ASEMUS celebrated its 10th anniversary at a General Conference hosted by Musée Quai Branly in Paris. The main theme of the event was a new initiative to map collections, expertise and activities at Asian and European museums. During plenary presentations and working group sessions different strategies for future cooperation were discussed and developed. At the […]  Read More

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