Friday, April 17, 2009
The ethnographic museum 'Tropenmuseum' with its colourful collection on non-western cultures, is one of my favorite places in Amsterdam. It's also the temporary home of an exhibition about Vodou on Haiti, a show that kicked off last year October and runs to May 10, 2009. I got stuck in only talking about going even though the subject very much appealed to me. Last Sunday Floor lured me away from my work with her 'It's now or never, vodou doll!' call and I'm very glad she did. The show was goose bumps generating wonderful: we saw a compilation of frightening life size 'skull' dolls, beautifully adorned flags, chained mirrors and mixed media statues and objects, eclectically embellished with vintage and modern (religious) details all displayed in a way which appropriately emphasized their mysterious feel and secret character. The photo's I'd seen so far don't really do justice to the show's objects, this show you have to see in person. If you're in the neighbourhood, local or tourist, go see it!
Do: the rest of the museum and the Vodou show's catalogue. Don't: the poffertjes in the museum's restaurant. Ugh.
Thanks for the snapshot's luv!