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The modern art & literature of the Indies/Indonesia

Framer Framed Lectures: Remco Raben

The search for a renewed national identity was common to most decolonizing countries around the middle of the twentieth century. It was also the time when ‘modern art’ made its entrance in these societies. Indonesia is no exception. The urge to create an independent artistic language was immense.

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In this lecture, Remco Raben will discuss the cultural discourses in Indonesia in the 1940s and 1950s. What did ‘modern’ mean, what ‘Indonesia’, and, ultimately, what ‘modern Indonesian art’? Did modern Indonesian art develop within the strict boundaries of the search for a national identity? How were ideas about East and West, about colonialism, nationalism and internationalism articulated? Two painters will serve as vehicles to investigate the dilemmas, paradoxes and achievements of the emerging arts in the 1940s and 1950s: Agoes Djaya (1913-1990) and Mochtar Apin (1923-1994).


Venue: Tolhuistuin, Framer Framed, IJpromenade 2, 1031 KT Amsterdam, Netherlands
Language: English
Entry: free
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In March & April 2017, the chair of Dutch-Caribbean Literature (Prof. Dr. Michiel van Kempen) at the University of Amsterdam and Framer Framed will organise a series of open lectures on the influence of colonialism and Dutch imperialism on (the relationship between) literature and visual arts in the former Dutch colonies.

On 3 March we had a succesful first lecture by Caroline Drieënhuizen. The second lecture, this evening, will be presented by Remco Raben, Professor Colonial and Postcolonial Cultural History and Literature at the University of Amsterdam. This lecture will be in English. (For a full list of all the lectures, see below.)


Remco Raben

Seve the date: Other upcoming lectures in this series, all take place from 18:00 – 20:00:

Fri 24 March: Gábor Pusztai – Het werk van Laszlo Székely, schrijver en beeldend kunstenaar [NL]
Wed 5 April: Rose Mary Allen – The culture of oral history in Curacao [EN]
Fri 7 April: The work of Charles Landvreugd & Patricia Kaersenhout [EN]
Tue 11 April: Sara Blokland – Srefidensi, photo archives, photo albums, memory & identity [EN]
Fri 14 April: Paul Faber – Moderne kunst in het Caraïbisch gebied [NL]
Fri 21 April: Ellen de Vries – Nola Hatterman & de kunst in Suriname [NL]

More info:
Lecture series in general, click here
Tekst in het Nederlands klik hier

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