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Exhibition Treasures of the Asian Library at the Erasmushuis in Jakarta

On December 11 the exhibition highlighting the unique collections of the Asian Library of Leiden University was opened by the Dutch Ambassador Rob Swartbol and Prof. Dr. Wardiman Djojonegoro, former Indonesian Minister for Education and Culture.

As part of the festivities for the Grand Opening of the Asian Library by her Majesty Queen Máxima on 14 September 2017, large canvas prints in frames were placed across the library, showing a beautiful selection of highlights from the Asian collections. To celebrate the opening of the Asian Library and as part of Leiden Asia Year, this exhibition was brought to Indonesia to show case the unique materials that can be found at the library in Leiden.

In his welcoming speech director of the KITLV-Jakarta, Marrik Bellen, commemorated the registration of the Panji stories as memory of the world by UNESCO. Rob Swartbol stressed the importance of making the collection accessible through digitalisation for a larger public with the support of Indonesian contributors. Dr. Dick van der Meij (Author of “Indonesian Manuscripts from the Islands of Java, Madura, Bali and Lombok” – Brill 2017) and Dr. Fuad Gani (Head of the Library of the Universitas Indonesia) both gave short presentations on the specifics manuscripts to be found in the collections of respectively Leiden University Library and Universitas Indonesia Library.

The exhibition will be held until January 5, 2018 and during 2018 it will also be shown at other locations in Indonesia.


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