Kevin van Braak: Kebun Sejarah / Garden of History

September 25 – November 28, 2021, with an official opening on 1st October at 15.00

Kevin van Braak in collaboration with Peter Hopman, Fitri DK, Agung Kurniawan, Timoteus Anggawan Kusno, Hestu Setu Legi, Prihatmoko Moki, Ipeh Nur, Ignasius Dicky Takndare, Enka Komariah, Maryanto, Muhammad ‘Ucup’ Yusuf.

Kebun Sejarah is an exchange between Kevin and ten Indonesian artists on the migration of plants and people featuring a Dutch and an Indonesian botanical garden and includes an exhibition in Het Glazen Huis, various culinary events including a Sambal tasting, and an outdoor project with seating elements in the Amstelpark. The formal opening of the exhibition is on Friday 1st October from 15.00 – 17.00 in presence of Kevin van Braak, Peter Hopman, Ipeh Nur and a performance by Hestu Setu Legi.

In the Amstelpark, Kevin van Braak is developing a project based on the history of food and crop cultivation in relation to the botanical garden in Bogor in West Java. For some Kevin has been doing research on this topic. This garden was established in 1817 and has been managed for a long time by the Dutch colonial rulers. It is the oldest botanical garden in Southeast Asia. The botanical garden was expanded considerably during the 19th century in terms of both space and diversity and played a crucial role in the introduction of exotic plants in Indonesia.

In his project, Kevin establishes a relationship with another botanical garden, the Amstelpark, which was created in 1972 as the backdrop for an international horticultural exhibition, the Floriade. While the Dutch crop and food culture has been influenced for centuries by Indonesian crops Indonesia shone from absence at the second edition of the Floriade in 1972.

Kebun Sejarah / Garden of History  is a project in which the Indonesian-Dutch exchange through food cultures, crop migration and communality in various other ways is given a place in the Amstelpark 50 years after the Floriade.