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Fri, Jan 19


Richmond Library Annexe or Online

Amsterdam: built on slavery and colonialism

How can a country known for its tolerance and freedom, where slavery was prohibited, become such an active participant in the slave trade? Time to look at what financed Amsterdam's beautiful canals and extra ordinary artistic output!

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Amsterdam: built on slavery and colonialism
Amsterdam: built on slavery and colonialism

Time & Location

Jan 19, 2024, 11:00 AM – 11:05 AM GMT

Richmond Library Annexe or Online, Quadrant Rd, Richmond TW9 1DH, UK


About the Event

The past 20 years we have seen a redefinement of what the 'Dutch Golden Age' really entailed for the Netherlands and if we should still call it a 'Golden' age. 

In the summer of 2008, a fascinating exhibition about the representation of black people by Dutch and Flemish artists, from late medieval to modern times, was held at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. This was followed in 2020 by 'Black in Rembrandt's time',  a groundbreaking exhibition at the  Rembrandt House, discussing the history of Holland's black community and the way in which stereotypes that later fixed the image of black people were yet to prevail.

In 2021 Amsterdam residents were offered a free book on the city’s links with slavery and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam held the widely acclaimed exhibition 'Slavery'. 

The Mauritshuis Museum hosted the exhibition 'Loot - 10 stories' about the struggles museums have with stolen art. And in 2023 the Dutch King Willem-Alexander finally apologized for for the Netherlands' Role in the Slave Trade.

Time to add to the narrative that Amsterdam and the Netherlands was built on its entrepreneurial explorers!

Delivered by Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff

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