Black & White

1 November 2013 until 15 June 2014 in the Great Hall

Who is black and who is white? Who actually determines this? And what does the slavery past have to do with this? 150 years after the abolition of slavery, the Tropenmuseum will invite visitors to engage in discussion, with each other and with themselves in the exhibition Black & White.

Personal stories, photos, videos, contemporary art and historical documents explore how 'black' and 'white' people have lived with each other in the Netherlands since 1863.

Celebrate freedom: a monument of 11,000 names

Following the abolition of slavery, freed slaves received surnames. The more than 11,000 names that the freed slaves were given at the time can be found on a special monument in the exhibition. See the educational programme Black & White (in Dutch, including English manual for teachers) The Black & White exhibition in the Tropenmuseum has been partly financed by the Mondriaan Fund, SNS REAAL Fonds, Stichting Herdenking Slavernijverleden 2013, AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts), kfHein fonds, the BankGiro Lottery, Janivo Stichting and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.