5 Jun - 5 Mar

Get wrapped up in the Tropenmuseum


The new exhibition ‘Gift, why?’ is about what we give and receive and why.

Giving gifts, we all do that, all over the world! At a birthday party, a wedding, a funeral or as a sacrifice; the gift is of all times and cultures. Receiving, but also giving gifts is exciting and often festive. A gift can be spectacularly large or very modest. And you usually don’t get it just like that. There are many differences, many similarities, and above all, there is a lot of variation! That is what the new exhibition in the Tropenmuseum is about.

Steamship or 600 dolls
In many countries, newborn babies get something right away; a jewel for protection. Girls from Latin America receive impressive gifts for their fifteenth birthday, because they are considered to be women from that age. Japan got a steamship, Queen Juliana got 600 dolls in her life. What is the secret to a good gift? And what do you do if you don’t like the gift, if it is not big enough or even ugly? Can you say that, or is it not appropriate? The Dutch sometimes even ask for the receipt, but do they actually do that in Japan or Thailand, for example?

Get wrapped up
‘Gift, why?’ is an interactive exhibition in which you discover what a wedding dress, dolls and mangoes have in common. You will receive useful tips about giving and receiving worldwide. And there is plenty to do and experience. Come up with a top three gifts for someone else’s birthday wish list; for example your best friend, grandfather, grandmother or your pet. Take the personal gifts quiz. Or step into a mega-sized gift wrapped with a special furoshiki from Musubi, the producer of Japanese wrapping cloths. In this colorful, instagrammable installation you become a gift yourself.

Gift, why?, Tropenmuseum, Linnaeusstraat 2, more information on the website. hoezo