South Africa in the Rijks Museum

Is a beautiful trip to Zulu’s land, the green Drakens mountains, the Big 5 and the impressive Cape Region on schedule or still on your travel list? Then this cultural activity (before) is a nice and good preparation!

At the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is currently the exhibition ‘ Good Hope’. South Africa and the Netherlands from 1600 ‘ . It is the first major exhibition on the relationship between the Netherlands and South Africa presented in the Netherlands.

South Africa in the Rijks Museum

Our colonial history

The relationship between South Africa and the Netherlands dates back to the year 1652. In this year, Jan van Riebeeck put foot on shore at Cape de Goede Hoop. He established a supply station on behalf of the United East India Company (VOC). In the early years, there was a lot of barter trading with the original South African residents. Eighteen years later, the VOC decided to extend the refreshment post to South Africa’s interior. There was not enough workforce for enlargement, so labor was imported from Indonesia, Madagascar and India. The beginning of slavery was a fact.

Due to the arrival of the Dutch in the VOC time, South Africa has changed forever. In the years that followed, the composition of the population, the legislation, the language changed and the Dutch names appeared on the map, the reformed church and the typical shaped facades. Major events such as the Boer Wars around 1900, the British rule and apartheid period where racial divorce was introduced have caused turbulent years and a moved relationship.

Good Hope

With the help of approximately 300 drawings, documents, photographs, paintings, furniture, objects and archaeological findings, the Good Hope exhibition gives meaning to the shared culture and mutual influence between both countries. Robert Jacob Gordon, the Dutch expedition leader, led the 18 e century South Africa map. The landscape scenarios that he made at that time come prominently in the exhibition.

Are you curious about the exhibition? You can visit these until May 21, 2017. Tickets can be bought through the website of the Rijksmuseum or on site.

MuseumTV commissioned the Rijksmuseum a mini documentary about the exhibition. Martine Gosselink leads you through the exhibition in the documentary and told her story at the objects

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