Roy Villevoye guest at ‘Beyond the Dutch’

Until January 10, 2010, a large retrospective exhibition ‘Beyond the Dutch’ is on show at Centraal Museum in Utrecht.  Art works by more than forty artists, among them Roy Villevoye and Fiona Tan with art work from Papua, show the interaction between Dutch and Indonesian fine arts. On the last day of the exhibition, an afternoon meeting on the theme ‘Beyond Java’ will be organised at the Moluks (Moluccan) Museum, in cooperation with PACE and Kosmopolis. Roy Villevoye, among others, will be a guest there.
Debate at ‘Beyond Java’

At the ‘Beyond the Dutch’ exhibition, a 16 minute video ‘Owner of the Voyage’ by artist Roy Villevoye is shown.  He made this film in 2007, using split-screen projection, together with Jan Dievorst with whom he has collaborated since 1995. The film is about a visit of two Asmat  brothers Rufus Sati and RodanBeeld uit video Owner of the Voyage Onomá, to Holland in 2000.  A year later, their cousin and friend Pupis was interviewed about the brothers’ adventures. The double projection of ‘Owner of the Voyage’ shows their trip and  Pupis’ running commentary on it, simultaneously. In the interview, Pupis reconstructs the brothers’ experiences from his own unique perspective.

On Sunday, 10 January 2010, former Museum Maluku director, Wim Manuhutu,  will take part in a debate with Roy Villevoye (writer/biologist/art connoisseur), Tijs Goldschmidt and photographer Kim Pattiruhu about art outside Java, in particular art from the Moluccans and the Asmat.


Discussion with Roy Villevoye 
Beeld uit Beginnings van Roy VillevoyeEvery last Sunday of the month, Centraal Museum manager, Edwin Jacobs, interviews an artist whose work is being shown at the museum at the time. During these discussions, the artist’s work is discussed and he  shows  the artist his favourite work from the museum collection. The public is invited to ask questions and participate in the discussion. On Sunday, 29 November 2009, Jacobs will talk to Roy Villevoye, whose video will be shown daily at the exhibition until January 10. Villevoye has been interested in the Asmat for more than fifteen years. In 1992, he found a degree of authenticity in former Dutch New Guinea which he felt was lacking from the Western art scene at that time. He continues to visit the Asmat region on a regular basis.

Mutual influences
In ‘beyond the Dutch’ three main periods are shown: cultural influences during the colonial period in about 1900, the results of decolonisation and independence in the 1950’s, the present post-colonial period around the year 2000. From each period  a number of art works are exhibited, which together,detail Pasar Bogar van Johannes Larij, 1910 give a good idea of  mutual influences within fine arts. Works by more than forty artist are exhibited, among them: Jan Toorop, Isaac Israels, Piet Ouborg, Raden Saleh, Abdullah Suriosubroto, Affandi, Hendra Gunawan, Sudjojono, Charles Sayers, Heri Dono, Agus Suwage, Mella Jaarsma and Tiong Ang. The exhibition analyses the cultural heritage of colonialism, and the radical changes caused by the process of decolonisation. The Dutch colonisation of Indonesia left many traces that influenced development in both countries. This influence also has its affect on fine arts. ‘Beyond the Dutch’ shows how Indonesian artists gradually went their own way; they have really moved  ‘Beyond the Dutch’.


Beyond the Dutch,  16 October  2009 to  10 January 2010
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00 to 17.00 
Sunday, 29 November, 15.00:  Roy Villevoye 
Location: Centraal Museum, Nicolaaskerkhof 10, 3512 XC Utrecht
Central Museum Utrecht


Beyond Java, Sunday, January 10, 2010 (last day) with among others:
Roy Villevoye, Tijs Goldschmidt , Kim Pattiruhu
Time: 16.00 to 19.00, followed by film and Indonesian meal
Location: Museum Maluku, Kruisstraat 313, Utrecht