Grand Parade - Theatrical art installation by Jompet Kuswidananto

31 October 2014 until 22 March 2015 in the Great Hall of the Tropenmuseum

View a unique art installation, specially made for the Tropenmuseum, by the in Asia renowned artist Jompet Kuswidananto, on display from 31 October. Jompet made his name with fascinating groups of life-size mechanical figures in the form of parades, which come into action like a real orchestra  at set times. For the first time he’s bringing together these parades in the Great Hall of the Tropenmuseum, thereby creating a new art installation.

In his work he shows a constantly changing world and the way in which the identity of individuals and groups change with it.

The public are at the centre and are part of a magnificent, theatrical Grand Parade

Spectacle of light, sound and movement

Dozens of human figures with drums and weapons, motorbikes and horses meet each other in the middle of the big square. This meeting produces a huge spectacle of light, sound and movement: drums begin to beat, hands start clapping and from the loudspeakers the sound of the revelry of a parade or the tumult of a demonstration can be heard.

Jompet Kuswidananto - Up and coming in Europe

Artist and theatre maker Jompet Kuswidananto (born in 1976 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia) is a trendsetting innovator in Asia and is now up and coming in Europe. His work has been shown in the Taipei Biennales, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and the Global Temporary in ZKM Karlsruhe. In 2013 he won the Prins Claus Award with his theatre group Teater Garasi.