Collection books at the Tropenmuseum
Highlights of the Netherlands East Indies and the Oceania collection
Tropenmuseum and KIT Publishers present the first two volumes of ten books that discuss the collections of the Tropenmuseum and the histories and stories that accompany them: The Netherlands East Indies at the Tropenmuseum en Oceania at the Tropenmuseum. The books elucidate the often hidden backgrounds of a museum collection, discussing objects within their original context, social histories and their contemporary meaning. Each volume is richly illustrated with objects and photographs from the Tropenmuseum collection.
The Netherlands East Indies at the Tropenmuseum
In The Netherlands East Indies at the Tropenmuseum, authors Susan Legêne and Janneke van Dijk interpret specific sections of the well-known ethnographic collections from Indonesia as colonial collections. In eight essays, invited authors elaborate on this approach and challenge the Tropenmuseum to extend its policies on the interpretation and presentation of ethnographic collections in a national and international dialogue on art, cultural heritage and the legacies of colonial culture.
Contributors Janneke van Dijk was the Curator of Photography at the Tropenmuseum. Susan Legêne was former Head of the Curatorial Department at the Tropenmuseum. Essays by: Margareta Dorilla, David van Duuren, Thomas Lindblad, Elsbeth Locher-Scholten, Pamela Pattynama, Ratna Saptari, Edy Seriese and Harm Stevens.
ISBN 978 90 6832 751 9
€ 34,50 | 200 pages | Hard cover, full colour illustrations | 21,5 × 26,5 cm | English
Oceania at the Tropenmuseum
Oceania at the Tropenmuseum is a treatise on the coming into existence and growth of a well-known Oceanic collection. During the last hundred years the intellectual approach to the collection changed from evidences of cultures in far-away places to the cultural heritage of world citizens, whose objects of art and material culture has been amassed during the colonial period of Western history. This richly illustrated book emphasizes this historical context and the way the objects were collected and presented to the public till this day.
David van Duuren is an anthropologist. He worked at the Tropenmuseum from 1970 to 2010, most recently as the curator for the Oceania and historical collections. He has published numerous articles on the history of collections and is the author of books on the Indonesian kris and co-author of books on the collection of human remains and 18th-century Oceanic weapons in the Tropenmuseum.
ISBN 978 90 6832 752 6
€ 34,50 | 216 pages| Hard cover, full colour illustrations | 21,5 × 26,5 cm | English
The volumes came about thanks to the contribution by the