Indonesia

[Exhibition] Gold from Java - Silver from Batavia, The Hauge

[Exhibition] Gold from Java – Silver from Batavia, The Hauge

An exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, is presently showcasing for the first time, the beautiful gold Javanese jewellery of the pre-colonial Javanese courts in contrast to silver objects made for 17th and 18th century functionaries of the Dutch East India Company (VOC).  Read More

National Museum of Indonesia

National Museum of Indonesia

The National Museum Indonesia, in Jakarta is well-known among the Indonesian people. They call it “the Elephant Museum“ (Museum Gajah) because of the large bronze statue of an elephant standing in the front. It was presented by King Chulalongkorn of Siam (Thailand) when he paid a state visit to the museum in 1871.   Read More

Ikat weaving in Sumba

Sacred Ikat: From Heirloom to Trade Exhibition

Ikat textiles are found in cultures all over the world. The National Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is holding an exhibition and forum to discover two ikat traditions : amongst the Ibans and the Sumbanese.   Read More

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

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

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

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