Monday, 16 August 2010

long live the Tropen Museum

Two exciting things today! Firstly, this is my 400th post! I know! I can hardly believe it myself. I've managed to keep up the posts this year every week day since about mid-Jan, so I'm pretty pleased with that. And, secondly, back to local posts now, my travel is over for a while I think. So look at this! An incredibly vibrant fantastic exhibition at the Tropen Museum in Amsterdam. I only discovered this while reading KLM's in-flight mag, thank the lord I saw it just in time. I would have been guttered if I'd missed it.
The Tropen Museum 'presents, studies and promotes knowledge of and interaction with other cultures. The museum offers perception and experience to a wide and diverse audience using the full spectrum of museological means, which includes exhibitions, collections and expertise, publications, the historic building and educational and other activities. The Royal Tropical Institute’s museum is internationally involved in the areas of culture and development.' And I have to say, it's world class. But first, let's look to the exhibition at hand: Long Live the President! Portrait clothes from Africa. I've heard about these wonderful textiles from South African friends, and a few blogs online, but I've never actually seen them up close and personal. The exhibition shows 115 pieces of commemorative cloths depicting African kings, to the King of Pop, visiting royalty, home grown, and USA Presidents amongst other political leaders. The museum says: 'The cloths include portraits of individuals who have played an important role in the relatively short history of over 30 African countries, from Senegal to South Africa. Many prominent Africans have been immortalised on textile, including Nkrumah, Mobutu and Mandela, along with beloved visitors such as Pope John Paul II and Barack Obama. The cloths are presented alongside photographs, film clips, music and information about the people and events depicted. The cloths are from the Tropenmuseum’s collection and several private collections.'Every piece was unique and beautiful.

There's a catalogue with nice big images of the fabrics also available here. And very reasonable at €19.50.
The detail in them is wonderful.

Again, such beauty in the detail. I especially love the print mid-registration.
There were more subdued colour schemes also. I really loved these purple and greens.
Look! It's old Queenie!
The modern world.
Can we make that logo bigger?
One of the items of clothing the fabric I thought was pretty rad.
Money.
The way the fabric has been cut and worked is pretty nice.
Radness.
And that's it for that small exhibition. But there were many many others. 3 floors in total. We walked around the third, and second, and then visual overload set in and we called it a day. A few snippets of what we found below. Fantastic fantastic - go go - and take the kids!
Long Live the President! Portrait cloths from Africa. Showcases the colourful, contemporary African textile tradition. April 2nd until August 29th 2010 in the Park Hall. Tropenmuseum Amsterdam: Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Open daily from 10 am - 5 pm. See website for public holiday closed times. Accessible by tram 3, 7, 9, 10, 14 and bus 22. Admission: Children 0 to 5 yrs: free. Children 6 to 17 yrs: €5. Adults 18 yrs and over: €9. Student card: €7.50 Museum card: free.




2 comments:

é said...

Can't wait for the next 400! Congrats, Miss Lel.

katie said...

Amen sister! the Tropen Museum always makes me want to high five. Great post!