The exhibition Dutch East Indian Icons of Dutch Pop Music was made in conjunction with the documentary Klanken van Oorsprong (Sounds of Origin), which has now attracted more than 22,000 visitors. Together they tell the story of Dutch East Indian and Moluccan artists such as The Tielman Brothers, The Blue Diamonds and Anneke Grönloh, who all had a significant influence on pop music in the Netherlands.
The Tielman Brothers, who started their career in Breda, The Hot Jumpers and The Crazy Rockers quickly became popular with the Dutch new generation. This Indorock music – their own variation on rock and roll – caused a musical revolution. These Dutch-East-Indies Icons stood at the cradle of the youth culture of the 1960s. Later they were also joined by other artists with a Dutch East Indian background such as Sandra Reemer, Liesbeth List and Boudewijn de Groot.
Sounds of Origin
The musicians shared a common history of war, fleeing their country of origin, forced immigration and building a new life in the Netherlands. Music was the most important escape valve for these Dutch East Indians.
Dutch East Indian Icons in Breda
The Dutch East Indian Icons of Dutch Pop Music exhibition focuses on The Tielman Brothers and their Breda descendants. After arriving in the Netherlands, the Tielman family took up residence in a contracted guesthouse on the Baronielaan in Breda. The first performance of The Tielman Brothers took place in 1957 in Stadsschouwburg Concordia on Van Coothplein. In Breda and the surrounding area there were more Dutch East Indian youngsters who started their own band during that period, such as The Rockin ‘Teens, The Cookes and The GMC’s.
Alongside the original instruments of these bands, the museum exhibits photo and film material and deleted scenes from Klanken of Origin. There is also a Dutch East Indian wall of fame with music fragments that you can listen to on your smartphone.
In addition to the Dutch East Indian Icons of Dutch Pop Music exhibition, Chassé Cinema and Chassé Theatre will screen the documentary Klanken van Oorsprong (Sounds of Origin) and a preview of the theatre play East Indies Monologues. The Rockin ‘Teens will perform at pop venue Mezz. In museum café Lanzas, Astrid Seriese will give an Anneke Grönloh tribute (ticket sales at the museum reception). Lectures, panel discussions and workshops will be held in Nieuwe Veste, Huize Raffy and the museum, In Nieuwe Veste there is also an exhibition about batik by Sabine Bolk. Overall: a programme full of music, inspiration and depth.
Dutch East Indian Winter is a collaboration with Cinecitta, Scarabeefilms, Tong Tong Foundation, Klanken van Oorsprong, Chassé Cinema, Indisch Museum, Mezz, Nieuwe Veste, City Archives Breda, Huize Raffy and the Municipality of Breda.
The Dutch East Indian Icons of Dutch Pop Music exhibition is a collaboration between Stedelijk Museum Breda, the Tong Tong Foundation and Klanken van Oorsprong and is made possible in part by Brabant C, Fonds 21, VWS, VSBfonds, vfonds and the Municipality of Breda.
Illustration: Cyprian Koscielniak