In 2013, Museum Nusantara in Delft closed its doors and was therefore in search of a new destination for its collection: approximately 18,000 objects that many regard as the shared heritage of Indonesia and the Netherlands.

This research project focuses on how ‘Islam’ was collected, categorized and exhibited in Dutch museums, in particular the almost total absence of Indonesia in the narrative of Islamic art history.

On 23 March 2016 the Research Center for Material Culture and KITLV hosted the lecture and workshop ‘Uncovering the secrets of sound and rhythm in the context of the ethnic Moluccan music of Indonesia’ by dr. Christian Tamaela, ethnomusicologist and theologist (Universitas Kristen Indonesia Maluku).