Princessehof: Sunken Treasures
The treasure behind the treasure
The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics shows, until 28 June 2020, a collection of ceramics and porcelain from seven shipwrecks dating from the ninth to the nineteenth century. The ceramic treasures tell fascinating stories about the Maritime Silk Route in Asia. Studio Louter, together with the museum, OPERA Amsterdam and guest curator Martijn Manders (Cultural Heritage Agency), has developed a unique exhibition to share the stories behind these treasures with the public. Studio Louter also designed all the media for the exhibition.
The collection of ceramics and porcelain excavated from the shipwrecks is of great art historical and financial value. But behind these pieces, you can find the true treasure: a wealth of information. They contain stories about globalization, world trade, battles between the VOC and Spanish and Portuguese ships, human dramas at sea, and ships from the Middle East and China that – long before the VOC played an important role – traded in Asian waters. In the exhibition Sunken Treasures: secrets of the Maritime Silk Road, visitors can “dive along” to these stories and discover that the true treasure in underwater archaeology is formed by the new insights that literally emerge above the water.
Martijn Manders (Cultural Heritage Agency)