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Friday, January 18, 2019

Exhibition Public - Europe & Africa

Fascinated by Indonesia

Weltmuseum Wien
Vienna, Austria
Oct 25, 2017 To Mar 30, 2018

Detail: Indonesia – the vast archipelago in the Far East has a name to conjure with for many people. The Dutch writer Multatuli (Eduard Douwes Dekker, 1820–1887) used to call the 18,000 islands “The Emerald of the Equator”. Island dreams of such glamour have been woven together with the stories and experiences of the individuals portrayed in this gallery.

Their experiences enable us to trace back the relations between Indonesia and Austria almost 150 years. Each of them portrays the country at a certain time in history. They are individual snapshots, moments recorded in their respective societies. The life of the painter Raden Saleh, for example, tells a story of colonialism, and the back and forth between two worlds, while Austrian Consul Johann Schild rather foregrounds his love, fascination and interest in the country. Entrepreneur Helene Potjewijd sells a piece of Balinese paradise to tourists, whereas Indonesian curator Jani Kuhnt-Saptodewo deciphers key symbols of Indonesian society in batik fabrics.

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10 am to 6 pm

until 9 pm

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