Indonesia – Netherlands East Indies

All English titles on Indonesia and the former Dutch Netherlands East Indies. For all our titles on Indonesia and the former Dutch Netherlands East Indies, English as well as Dutch, please switch to the NL-catalogus.



Kartika Affandi learned to paint from her father, mostly in the open air. Her paintings and sculptures embody an essential passion for authentic visual works. The look she gives to her art makes an indelible impression on those who view it, and even now while as she nears the age of ninety, her work ethic is relentless and full of joy and a desire to connect people. It has brought her international fame.

Berlages Indische reis/Berlage’s Journey to the Indies


Berlages Indische Reis is een nieuwe, creatieve herinterpretatie van een honderd jaar oud reisdagboek; een onderzoekingstocht naar ons koloniaal verleden met een frisse, kritische blik op het heden.
Verschijnt op 27 juni

Berlage’s Journey to the Indies is a carefully curated new edition of a 100-year-old travel journal that explores the Netherlands’ colonial past from a fresh, critical, and contemporary perspective.
Available on 27 June

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Art Fallen From Heaven


Art Fallen from Heaven, modern Balinese sculpture, offers a new perspective on the origin of modern Balinese sculpture in the 1930s. After the subjugation of Bali by Dutch colonial rule, the driving force for renewal was the shift of patronage by the ruling monarchs to the tourists and the western art market.

Revisualizing Slavery


Revisualizing slavery explores the history of slavery in Asia by focusing on visual sources. The traditional image of slavery in Asia is shaped and dominated by words such as ‘mild’, ‘guilt’ and ‘domestic’. But this is shifting by new historical research that points precisely to the tougher sides and to similarities with the Atlantic slavery past.

Building in Indonesia


Building in Indonesia 1600-1690 provides an overview of the history of building and the development of the infrastructure in Indonesia from 1600 to 1960.

Architecture from the Indonesian Past


‘Things are changing and we are changing with it,’ was their motto. Since 1927 uprising broke out against the Dutch in the colony, the crisis followed. They continued to design stoically at Fermont-Cuypers; schools, churches, villas and offices. After Indonesian independence, the firm had a restart until 1958. Their buildings still exist in Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Bandung and many other cities. Indonesia is proud of it. This book tells the story of a productive architecture firm, unique buildings and the people behind them.

Landmarks from a Bygone Era


It goes without saying that one building after the other was built in the Dutch East Indies, the current Indonesia. Newspapers jubilated ‘again a jewel for the city.’ The man behind it was Eduard Cuypers (1859-1927). With his firm he was one of the most celebrated architects in the Netherlands around 1900. He has fallen into oblivion due to changed views in architecture.

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The Art of Collecting


This book is published on the occasion of the exhibition Indisch Palet in the Westfries Museum Hoorn. With the exceptional Colauto-Van Peperstraten collection as the central focus, the book describes how a few pioneers were each touched in their own way by the East Indies paintings and built up a collection.

The Kwee Family of Ciledug


This book is based upon a unique private collection of photographs and home movies of one Peranakan Chinese elite family, the Kwee family from Ciledug, owners of the sugar factory Djatipiring. It aims to bring the private lives of the modern Peranakan Chinese elite in colonial Java to the fore and asks to what extent ideas about progress, development and ‘the modern’ have affected their world-view and life-styles.

Indische pracht / Indonesian Splendour


Photographer Dennis A-Tjak has been making a name for himself as portraitist of old flower varieties from countries that the VOC traded with in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. What fascinates him in these varieties is that some of them have been there for centuries and have been passed on to us from generation to generation. A-Tjak has clearly developed his own style for photographing old flower varieties.

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Flowers from Universe


Traditional Javanese textile art lends itself perfectly to telling stories about the centuries-old culture of the island of Java. Flowers from Universe. Textiles of Java is first of all based on the memories and associations of Alit Djajasoebrata, who grew up in the bosom of her Western Javanese family.

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Indonesian Textiles at the Tropenmuseum


The Tropenmuseum Amsterdam houses about 20,000 textile objects that were collected over a period of 160 years. This study presents the collection and the stories of the makers and users of the fabrics as well as those of the collectors who brought them to the Netherlands

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Fendry Ekel


Monography about the Indonesian artist Fendry Ekel. “Ekel has been dubbed a pictor doctus, who critically investigates the power of art, figuration and representation by appropriating iconic images from our collective memory.”

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Photographs of the Netherlands East Indies


Photographs of the Netherlands East Indies at the Tropenmuseum offers a comprehensive introduction to one of the most important collections of colonial photography in the world.

Artists and their inspiration

Artists and their inspiration


This book covers the development of modern and contemporary art in Indonesia, from the colonial period in the 1930s to the present time of globalization. Each chapter is based on important historical moments that changed the course of the art world.