Curating Batik in Asia and Europe: 1st Workshop | Indonesia

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Curating Batik is a project supported by the ASEF Creative Networks programme, which involves the exchange of batik collections between museums in Asia and Europe towards an exhibition in 2017.

Throughout 2015, curators from Austria, Indonesia, Czech Republic and Switzerland will meet for a series of workshops to exchange ideas and visit batik collections in preparation for this exhibition.

The first Curating Batik workshop will take place on 3 June 2015 at Museum Tekstil in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mr Benny Gratha, Assistant Curator at Museum Tekstil Jakarta (Indonesia); Dr Jani Kuhnt-Saptodewo, Curator of Insular South-east Asia, Weltmuseum Wien (Austria); and Mr Richard Kunz, Curator of South-east Asia, Museum der Kulturen Basel (Switzerland) will present the history of Batik collections from their respective museums. The programme will include a tour through the museum in Jakarta, an exhibition on Indonesian textiles, the Batik Gallery, an exhibition of traditional looms as well as a conservation room and a storage room.

The project partners include Weltmuseum Wien (Austria), Museum Tekstil Jakarta (Indonesia), National Museum – Naprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures (Czech Republic) and Museum der Kulturen Basel (Switzerland). All project partners are also ASEMUS members.

Following the workshop in Djakarta, the second part of the project will take place in September 2015 in the form of a curator residency and research work in Prague (Czech Republic), Basel (Switzerland) and Vienna (Austria).

For additional information, please see the full programme of the workshop below.

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