Unique art installation in the Tropenmuseum

The audience makes part of Jompet Kuswidananto’s theatrical parade
Grand Parade art installation from 31 October 2014 to 22 March 2015 in Tropenmuseum’s Great Hall

A unique art installation, specially made for the Tropenmuseum, by the in Asia renowned artist Jompet Kuswidananto will be exhibited in the Tropenmuseum from 31 October to 22 March. Jompet –  known for example from Taipei Biennales and National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne – 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. The public are at the centre and are part of a magnificent, theatrical Grand Parade.

A square in the Tropenmuseum’s Great Hall

Dozens of human figures with drums and weapons, motorbikes and horses meet each other in the middle of the big square in the Tropenmuseum’s Great Hall. 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. This art installation fits into the Great Hall of the Tropenmuseum like no other – the hall was designed as a square where the public would feel surrounded by the many cultures enriching the world. The ideal place for a monumental work by an artist who takes his inspiration from the world. Jompet is such an artist. In his work he shows a constantly changing world and the way in which the identity of individuals and groups change with it.

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.

Extra information Jompet Kuswidananto (pdf)


National Museum of World Cultures

The National Museum of World Cultures was established on 1 April 2014 when the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde (1837, Leiden), the Tropenmuseum (1859, Amsterdam) and the Afrika Museum (1954, Berg en Dal) were amalgamated. One museum, three locations. The names Tropenmuseum, Afrika Museum and Museum Volkenkunde will continue to be used for the public. The museum is one of the top 10 museums in the Netherlands in terms of visitors. The new museum has a collection of more than 400,000 objects. Scholarly activities are based in the Research Centre for Material Culture. The museum’s mission remains as current as ever: to contribute to an open view of the world.


Note for the editorial board

For more information please contact Wilhelmien Hoekstra: T. +31 (0)20-568 8422 / +31 (0)71-5168 800 | E. pers@tropenmuseum.nl. Image material can be downloaded below.