The INDISCH MUSEUM is a digital museum that focuses on Dutch-Indonesian art and culture. With our digital museum we want to offer artists, architects, cultural historians, curators, and those who have affinity with the Dutch East Indies / Indonesia, a platform to show their objects / artworks.
There are many museums in the Netherlands that tell about the culture and cultural heritage of the former Dutch colony. The three ethnological museums in the Netherlands have in the course of time merged into the National Museum of World Cultures (NMvW). The Wereldmuseum Rotterdam has also been under the umbrella of the NMvW since 8 May 2017, after signing a joint venture. The former museum Nusantara has donated part of its collection to this National Museum. A large part of that collection will go back to Indonesia. Bronbeek Museum in Arnhem and the Indisch Herinneringscentrum tell the story of the Dutch East Indies and in particular the history of the Royal Dutch Indies Army (KNIL). We think it is very important to cherish that history and to keep telling about it.
In VOOR ’T VOETLICHT (FOOTLIGHT) we give a stage 2 to 4 times a year to Indo artists who have made themselves worthy in the field of painting and drawing, photography, engraving and printmaking, sculpture or modern media. The older exhibitions of FOOTLIGHT are stored in the DEPOT (REPOSITORY) .
In our section SPECIALS we pay attention to special projects.
In VIDEOS we bring together the videos that have been placed in other sections (most of them anyway).
In the ARCHITECTUUR (ARCHITECTURE) section, we would like to pay attention to the buildings that have been made in India and the books that have been written about it. Fortunately, more and more attention is being paid to that architecture and the importance of preserving and restoring the buildings and houses of that time. We are very curious about new ideas about Dutch-Indonesian buildings and the influence and interest in the Netherlands for these buildings. Fortunately, there is also growing interest in Indonesia for this joint cultural heritage and its preservation (‘colonial built heritage’).
An impressive example of the modern way of
building is Wolff Schoenmaker’s ‘Villa Isola’ in
Bandung. This beautiful villa is a mix of art deco,
Frank Lloyd Wright and American streamline aesthetics.
And finally, in the INDIË (DUTCH EAST INDIES) section, we show the history of the Dutch East Indies.