Academic journal article Borneo Research Bulletin

An Ethnological Exhibition on Indonesia in Linz, Austria. (Brief Communications)

Academic journal article Borneo Research Bulletin

An Ethnological Exhibition on Indonesia in Linz, Austria. (Brief Communications)

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An exhibition on Indonesia, with particular emphasis on Borneo, was held from June 11th, 1999, through February 27th, 2000, in the Schlossmuseum (Castle Museum) in Linz, Austria, called "Indonesien. Kunstwerke--Weltbilder" ("Indonesia. Works of Art--World Views").

Opening ceremonies took place on Monday evening, May 31st. Indonesian artists performed Javanese and Balinese dances in the Museum's festival hall and the Museum Director and the Governor of Upper Austria gave opening speeches. The ceremonies were attended by His Excellency, the Ambassador of Indonesia, together with other members of the Indonesian embassy. Stone sculptures and bronze figures from the Javanese Middle Ages as well as examples of wayang art, weapons, and batik predictably stood out. But the exhibition also featured a number of unique objects from Borneo. Before 1940, Austrian travelers and collectors brought back examples of material culture from Kalimantan and this tradition continues. Among the objects included in the exhibition was the bronze waterbuffalo with rider reported on in Volume 29 of the BRB. This was the first public exhibition of this figure. …

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