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Indonesia and the Amsterdam School

CultureLab created and produced three expert interview videos for Museum Het Schip in Amsterdam exploring these influences as part of the exhibition Indonesia and the Amsterdam School. Featuring CultureLab’s Founder & CEO Dr Sadiah Boonstra, Ardi Hariyadi (Museum Tekstil) and Setiadi Sopandi (Yayasan Museum Arsitektur Indonesia), the videos highlighted the influence of Indonesian wayang and batik on the Amsterdam School architecture, as well as mutual cultural influence in the field of architecture in the early 20th century.

Museum Het Schip aimed to highlight how artists, designers and architects of the Amsterdam School were shaped by the colonial relation with Indonesia. How did the Amsterdam School incorporate Indonesian forms, ideas, and techniques into their work? What possessions did Indonesians own in it and how did they view the Amsterdam School? The time is ripe for a new perspective on the Amsterdam School. The exhibition took place in Museum Het Schip, housed in one of the masterpieces of the Amsterdam School architecture.

Photos from the exhibition Indonesia and the Amsterdam School curated by Melle van Maanen at Museum Het Schip/Museum De Dageraad, December 1, 2022 and August 27, 2023, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Indonesia and the Amsterdam School

Photos of the Indonesia and the Amsterdam School exhibition in Museum Het Schip. 

December 1, 2022 – August 27, 2023 

Design: Max Schulze 

Photo © Marcel Westhoff, Melle van Maanen & Gadis Fitriani Putri

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