The Sixties

16 October 2015 until 13 March 2016 in the Tropenmuseum


The Sixties - A Worldwide Happening an exhibition which makes the 1960s feel amazingly close and recognizable because today’s world builds on the icons of yesterday. The exhibition offers a global view of the 1960s, an era when globalization as we know it first appeared.

Interesting to read and a good addition for the coffee table: the richly illustrated catalog The Sixties. The catalog is for sale for € 24.95 in our museum shop or via

Trans-border connections

Today’s world builds on the icons of yesterday

Arranged around several themes characteristic of the era, the exhibition shows how changes worldwide were expressed in graphic design, fashion, music, architecture and photography. Admire the legendary clothes of Jimi Hendrix, Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne. And have a look at work by the world-famous photographers Richard Avedon, James Barnor and Malick Sidibé. 

Jimi Hendrix's clothes and Yves Saint Laurent's Mondrian dress

Cultural exchange

In fashion, music, design and upbringing, signs of the extensive changes that were instigated in the sixties are still evident. Owing to the growing role of the media more and more people have an impression of the wider world and influence each other. For instance, the originally British miniskirt was also a fashion ideal in Thailand and Nigeria. 

Step into The Sixties, it’s a worldwide happening!

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