The Kunsthal Rotterdam has asked Ewald Vanvugt, who published
a book about these splendid treasures at the end of last year,
to tell the story of the Lombok Treasures in the form of an
Over a hundred years ago, on 19 November 1894, kilos of golden and silver coins, golden utensils and jewellery were plundered by the Dutch army from the burning palace of the raja of Lombok. After an inspection of the booty, part was left to be exhibited in the Netherlands East Indies and the rest was shipped to the Netherlands in seventy-five sealed crates. Upon arrival there was a further splitup of the spoils. Part of the Lombok treasure was melted down and used as to supplement the National Treasury. A number of objects of extraordinary cultu- ro-historical value were included in Dutch museum collections and the rest, precious objects and jewels, was locked away in the vaults of The Dutch Central Bank, because they were so extremely valuable.
In 1973 the General Assembly of UNESCO unanimously demanded the immediate and unconditional return of all war treasures which colonial powers had taken in the course of time from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The Netherlands and Indonesia showed exemplary conduct in obeying the decree and on 1 July 1977 almost half of the Lombok treasures was returned by the Netherlands to Indonesia.
Against the background of fifty years of Indonesian Indepen- dence, the Lombok treasures will be shown again for the first time since the outbreak of the Second World War.
Heri Dono - Artist in Residence
October 1 - December 20 1995:
Heri Dono is one of Indonesia's most established installation and performance artists. During his period in residence, Dono will create new work and performances which will be shown as a MOMA2 project, bringing his work to Britain for the first time.
Dono was born in 1960 Jakarta and studied at art school in Yogyakarta where he now lives. His multi-media works and performances are a personal reflection of a wide range of social and political issues such as family in Africa, unem- ployment, and political violence. Dono has exhibited widely in Indonesia, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Austra- lia, Switzerland, and Japan and he represented Indonesia in the First Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Bris- bane. His residence has been supported by Visiting Arts and the British Council, Indonesia.