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Art & Design in The Dutch Residence

NEWS | 15 October 2021

The Dutch Embassy recently launched a charming and innovative book which introduces, and puts into a real Dutch-Indonesian relationship context, the art and design in the official residence.

 

Here’s what the Ambassador has to say about it:

 

It gives me great pleasure to offer you this modest publication about the art and design in the Dutch residence in Jakarta. Recently, the house was renovated for the third time in its six-decade existence and maintenance works took place to ensure a sustainable future of the house as both an official residence and a home. This project created an excellent opportunity to bring the interior up to date with newly selected Dutch art and design. The publication gives a short overview of the history of the house and presents a selection of the current artworks and design.

 

The booklet contains some of my personal favorites. A number of works brings back special memories, such as the etching of the Borobudur by Marius Bauer. I remember seeing it when I was a child, growing up in Indonesia. I also have fond memories of Sinterklaas celebrations in the drawing room. I now enjoy looking at a series of photo portraits by Marco van Duijvendjik at that very same place.

 

Having had a lifelong association with Indonesia, I feel privileged to work and live in the residence. Because of my background in urban planning and my strong interest in architecture. I feel connected to the angular shapes of architect Han Groenewegen. Innovative Dutch Design, such as the clean lines of the Mounts chairs and the craftsmanship of Moooi chandeliers, now complement his sober architecture. I hope that this publication will make you appreciate the art and design in the residence as much as I do and I look forward to welcoming you in the residence.

 

Lambert Grijins.

The book was written by curator and researcher Dr. Sadiah Boonstra who presents the works very well within the context of the house, almost like an art tour. The house itself is a fascinating building:

 

“The Dutch residence in Jakarta was renovated for third time in its six decade existence in 2020. This maintenance round ensures a sustainable future of the house as both an official residence and a home for the Dutch ambassador. The renovation also created an excellent opportunity to bring the interior up to date with newly selected Dutch art and design for a fresh and contemporary feel. This publication gives a short overview of the history of the house and presents a selection of the current artwork and design that reflect the long relationship between Indonesia and the Netherlands. “

 

Built in 1948 by architect Han Groenewegen as one in a series of residential homes for directors of the Javas the Bank (Java Bank), the building became the Dutch residence after President Soekarno allocated the building to the Netherlands in 1963. The exterior of the building matches the rest of the neighborhood that had been erected in New Objectivity style (Nieuwe Zakelijkheid) popular in the Netherlands East Indies in the 1920s.

 

Then the art and design that was selected for the book were created by the following artists & designers: Otto Djaya, Haddasah Emerich, Demakersvan, Jacco Olivier, Christoffel de Wilde, Geert Koster, Marco van Duijvendjik, Jos Seckel, Koen Taselaar, Willem van den Hoed, Hella Jongerius, Marius Bauer, Rick Tegelaar, Warffemius.

 

Congratulations to all who collaborated in this project. A real joy and an excellent symbol of closeness between the countries through art.