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‘Segar Bugar’ takes a fresh look at conservation efforts in Jakarta

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, October 29, 2019   /  01:11 pm
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Examining colonialism: The Segar Bugar cultural conservation exhibition at the Bank Indonesia Museum in Jakarta shows clippings of Japanese propaganda that feature heritage buildings. (JP/A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil)

Conservation of the cultural heritage of Jakarta, and to broader extent Indonesia, has been in the hands of various rulers, who have each held different visions and taken different approaches. Take the Bank Indonesia Museum, for example. The building, located in Kota Tua, West Jakarta, was built by the Dutch colonial government in the early 20th century as the office of central bank De Javasche Bank. The building remained in use during Japanese occupation in the 1940s. Following Indonesia’s independence, it became the headquarters of Bank Indonesia from 1953 until 1962 before it was left abandoned until being restored as a museum in 2006. Given its intriguing past, the Bank Indonesia Museum is the perfect site to host the historical conservation exhibition “Segar Bugar: The Story of Conservation in Jakarta from the 1920s to the Present” from Oct. 24 t...