The Great Indonesia Exhibition

On 17 August 1945, Sukarno proclaimed the independence of Indonesia. Now, almost eighty years on, De Nieuwe Kerk presents The Great Indonesia Exhibition: a exhibition focusing on the history of the largest archipelago in the world, its inhabitants and unparalleled wealth of distinctive cultures. The Great Indonesia Exhibition will be on view at De Nieuwe Kerk from October 21 to April 1, 2024.

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From the ancient time of the Majapahit Empire (fifteenth and sixteenth century) to the Indonesia of today. From the country’s fabulous natural wonders and vast rice fields to colonial rule, the Second World War and Japanese occupation. From ancient ancestor worship and rituals to the current predominance of world religions. The exhibition is an ode to Indonesia’s huge cultural diversity, revealing varying perspectives and areas of friction. With abundant scope for both new angles and concealed areas. Together with a unique collection of historical and contemporary art objects, artefacts, photographs, films, fashion and music, the personal stories of Indonesians themselves put Indonesia’s compelling history on show as never before.

This exhibition is a fruitful cooperation between De Nieuwe Kerk and countless organizations and individuals in both Indonesia and the Netherlands.

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