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30th September – 15th November 2015

Paying homage to Indonesia as the guest of honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, the Weltkulturen Museum’s exhibition in the Green Room, IMAG[IN]ING MUSICAL INDONESIA, traces the history of the diverse and contrasting musical landscape in Indonesia with examples of instruments, dance and performance.

With 17,058 Indonesian islands it's truly difficult to gain an overall impression of its music. In the past, European and Islamic influences, as well as regional re-interpretations and re-contextualizations of classical Indonesian instruments, have all contributed to the emergence of many new and diverse genres of Indonesian music. The exhibition addresses this complex topic by sampling various sources, such as photographies, films, literature and selected objects. The Weltkulturen Museum’s extensive collection of historical images provides visual inspiration for this journey.

A studio equipped with literature, films, an audio station and instruments invites visitors for hands-on experiences.

Our thanks to GUDE and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings for their support.

Green Room, Weltkulturen Labor
Schaumainkai  37, 60594 Frankfurt
Tues – Sun, 11am – 6pm, Wed, 11am – 8pm
€3 / reduced €1.50