The history of Indonesian independence explored in a Dutch museum
In a groundbreaking exhibition at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, artifacts depicting Indonesia’s battle for independence from the Dutch include a bullet-torn shirt and images of liberation fighters.
“Revolusi! Indonesian Independent” opens to the public on Friday, organizers say, and aims to “start a conversation” about a difficult relationship that existed between the Netherlands and one of its most treasured possessions.
The goal is to study the Southeast Asian country’s struggle for freedom from its declaration of independence in August 1945 to Dutch recognition in 1949 after four years of violent conflict from both Indonesian and Dutch viewpoints.
At a preview, Rijksmuseum director Taco Dibbits has remarked, “We really wanted to highlight these human stories that offer shards of this really crucial moment.”
“We wanted to show it and have a discussion about it.”