Public Program Museum om de Hoek

In association with Amsterdam Museum

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Museum om de Hoek x Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam and Indonesia have a long and tumultuous relationship. Can we understand each other better by sharing stories of our shared histories? Four small neighborhood museums are taking up this challenge. As the first exhibition of the overarching Museum om de Hoek, they highlight Multatuli's influence in the city - then and now.

Museum om de Hoek is a collaboration between a large number of small museums in Amsterdam. From March 2022 to September 2025, they will present themselves together in the temporary accommodation of the Amsterdam Museum. First of all, the Buurtmuseum Indische Buurt, Cacao Museum, Multatuli Museum and Museum Perron Oost with the overarching theme Amsterdam/Indonesia, can be visited until 28 August.

Conversation: War refugees on the Javakade

At first sight, the war in Ukraine and the history of baby ship Ranchi seem to have little in common, but when two boats moor at Amsterdam's Javakade to receive Ukrainian refugees, the two stories merge. In September 1950, the Ranchi arrived on the same Javakade from Indonesia with 37 babies born during the crossing on board. Their parents, KNIL soldiers and other returnees, had been through years of war and also felt like refugees.

If you zoom in or out further, there are more similarities between the wars of then and now that raise questions. Or should we say: the Russian special military operation and the Dutch police operations? The relationship between the Netherlands and Indonesia is just as fraught as the relationship between Russia and Ukraine. Can you speak of a colonial relationship in both cases?

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Audiojournalist Joost Wilgenhof

Audiojournalist Joost Wilgenhof, who tracked down the 37 Ranchi babies and studied their history, discusses this with historian and Russia expert Gijs Kessler. He lived in Moscow from 2002 to 2016 and works at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. Mid-May his book Rusland - Land dat anders wil zijn will be published by Prometheus.

Practical information
  • Date: August 10th
  • Time: 15.00 - 16.30 hrs
  • Location: Amsterdam Museum on the Amstel, Amstel 51. At the Tuingang
  • Prijs: free when you have a valid admission ticket

City walk with Rob van Veelen

A walk through Amsterdam East with explanations by Rob van Veelen, past actions and movements against poverty in the 1930s: the uprising against the declaration of support in 1934 on the Ambonplein and the surrounding area, and a tour along informal care now such as Dappere Dames, Moi, Chess School and Buurthulp Oost.

Practical information
  • Date: June 4th
  • Time: 10.00 hrs
  • Location: start Obiplein 115, Amsterdam
  • Price: voluntary contribution

Lecture by Elsbeth Etty

Lecture by Elsbeth Etty, chairman of the Multatuli Society, about the role of poverty in the work of perhaps the most prominent Dutch writer.

Based on the connecting theme in this exhibition, poverty, the chairman of the literary society affiliated with the Multatuli Museum will discuss the role this plays in the work of perhaps the most prominent Dutch writer. She will also take the audience past moments in his life when he himself was confronted with poverty, and discuss the newly acquired letters, in which Multatuli appealed to acquaintances to help him financially.

Practical information
  • Date: May 25th
  • Time: 15.00 - 16.30 hrs
  • Location: Amsterdam Museum on the Amstel, Amstel 51
  • Price: free when you have a valid admission ticket

Workshop: Zoom in - Zoom out

In the workshop Zoom in – Zoom out, Rosa Johanna will develop tea towels with young people and poets from Amsterdam. These are designed and screen printed in a small workshop on Obiplein. On June 18, Johanna invites you to take part in a walk and viewing, next to that two poets will recite work. The tea towels will be festively presented on 1 July in the Buurtmuseum Indische buurt, after which they will be available in the Amsterdam Museum and nearby shops.

Rosa Johanna aan het werk

Rosa Johanna (1991) makes videos, sound recordings, wall hangings and installations. All the work is related to her painting, small abstract paintings on which she applies different colors plane by plane and layer by layer. This creates a kind of organic grid in a completely intuitive way. Rosa Johanna tries to avoid underlying concepts as much as possible. She is mainly concerned with the creative process itself, in the here and now, in which she makes decisions depend on the process. She is also interested in the role of the spectator.

Practical information:
  • Date: June 19th
  • Time: 13.00-15.00 hrs
  • Location: Obiplein 115, 1094 RB Amsterdam
  • Price: voluntary contribution

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Cacao: a presentation and tasting

Cocoa, who doesn't love it? In all its shapes and sizes, this raw material is consumed by many people on a regular basis. Get to know the world and history of cocoa and chocolate through your senses.

Practical information
  • Date: June 15th
  • Time: 15.00 - 16.30 hrs
  • Location: Amsterdam Museum on the Amstel, Amstel 51
  • Price: free when you have a valid admission ticket