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Willemijn Gertsen for her inspiration, hospitality and generosity of lending and using her Five Volumes books of The Sukarno Collection.
We also want to thank dr. Helena Spanjaard, Dutch Art historian, to quote from her book ‘Artists and their Inspiration, a Guide through Indonesian Art History (1930-2015)’.
In addition to images of paintings, this series of books also contain sculptures and antique porcelain. The collection of paintings and sculptures will continue to be expanded. Art in Indonesia, now that it is independent (Indonesia Merdeka), will flourish. This was impossible during the colonial era. The paintings and sculptures from the collection are not always of the same quality, but are the proof, the result of “independence.” A joyful development for a free nation.
Soekarno, January 1, 1964