Herman van Bergen – Tropisch Koninkrijk

Herman van Bergen – Tropisch Koninkrijk


From November 29, 2013 till March 14, 2014 Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle, the Netherlands presents the exhibition Tropisch Koninkrijk (Tropical Kingdom). In 2013 the Dutch kingdom is celebrating its 200th anniversary and this exhibition will give an overview of the contemporary visual arts in the Dutch Caribbean: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.



Images below show the mixed media installation by Herman van Bergen for the exhibition Tropisch Koninkrijk titled ‘Islas Inutiles offerblok’ (Sacrificial block). It is made of the thorn of the Acacia Tortuosa combined with asphalt, paraffin, wood, carton, steel and tablets made from the earth of Tera Kórà in Curaçao.
The installation measures 3 meters in height and 5 meters in width. It contains 150 terra cotta tablets, the size of a laptop or tablet. Some of these carry an inscription in the Arowak language ‘suchonyuu mmakaa’, meaning ‘child of the earth’.

The installation will have a sign saying Please Touch.


A total of 19 artists from the Dutch Caribbean have been selected to participate.
Aruba: Ciro Abath, Stan Kuiperi, Elvis Lopez, Osaira Muyale and Ryan Oduber.
Bonaire: Nochi Coffie and Winfred Dania.
Curaçao: David Bade, Herman van Bergen, René Emil Bergsma, Ruben la Cruz, Yubi KirindongoTirzo Martha, Felix de Rooy, Evelien Sipkes and Ellen Spijkstra.
Saba: Heleen Cornet, Glenda Heyliger.
St. Maarten: Ras Mosera.


Museum De Fundatie,
in the Palace at the Blijmarkt,

November 29, 2013 – March 14, 2014.