Things that matter / Tropenmuseum

Things that matter


Age categoryAll

Indication entrance fees

- Adults€15,-
- Kids€8,-
- seniors / 65+€15,-


13/07/2018 - 13/07/2024


Linnaeusstraat 2
1092 CK Amsterdam


In films and audio fragments people talk about items of personal significance to them. At the same time, these objects are closely related to the major social issues of today, such as migration and origin. What items do people take with them when they flee their homes to retain a feeling of belonging? And how is pride in one’s roots reflected through dress? Questions such as these conduct visitors through the exhibition and challenge them to reflect on what these objects mean to them.

The objects in Things That Matter come from all over the world and incorporate stories that are equally meaningful in the Dutch context. An example is a woven basket from the Marshall Islands. In the accompanying video Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner relates in the form of a poem why this object is of such importance to her culture and how this culture is on the verge of disappearing: rising sea levels will result in her island being the first to sink below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. The basket on display threatens to become the last tangible remnant of her culture, prompting visitors to the exhibition to reflect on climate change, sustainability and the significance of cultural heritage.

The Things That Matter exhibition is slated to run for five to seven years and has been realised with the aid of the BankGiro Loterij and in collaboration with Museum Catharijneconvent. Photo: David Vroom.

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