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Robbery, violence, injustice: it is rare to find references to this in the documentation of the origin of objects in museum collections. This is not the case with a staff from Suriname in South America, one of the central exhibits in the exhibition “Loot”: the index card states that it was stolen from an unsuspecting Surinamese villager when he entered a shop at the Wanhatti mission station.

More than 100 years later, Onias Landveld, a Dutch multidisciplinary artist with Surinamese roots, approaches the staff in a video piece by Loot’s creative directors and guest curators Jongsma + O’Neill. The triangular encounter documented in the video—between Onias,  the staff, and Ethnology Museum curator Andrea Scholz—provides the starting point for an on-stage conversation about this first meeting and the potential collaborations that have arisen in its wake. In a spoken word performance, Onias Landveld also processes the encounter with the staff from the land of his ancestors from an artistic perspective.

Moderation: Jan Linders


4.30 p. m.: DJ Set by Alex Stolze

6 p. m.: Onias Landveld (Spoken Word)

6.30 p. m.: Talk with Andrea Scholz, Onias Landveld, and Jan Linders

Afterwards: DJ playlist by Alex Stolze


The temporary exhibition “Loot. 10 stories” can be visited from 22 March on the 3rd floor (room 312). Further objects from Suriname can be viewed on the 2nd floor (room 208). The exhibition areas can be visited from 10:30 – 18:30.

A temporary exhibition initiated and developed by the Mauritshuis in The Hague in partnership with guest curators and creative directors Jongsma + O’Neill, and realised in cooperation with the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss, the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin and the Ethnologisches Museum and Museum für Asiatische Kunst der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz.


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