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Framer Framed

Wim Manuhutu

Wim Manuhutu was one of the initiators of Framer Framed, and has been actively involved with the platform as a guest speaker for various interdisciplinary debates on the initiative of Dutch cultural institutions in the field of cultural heritage, contemporary art and ethnography.

Between 1987 and 2008 Wim Manuhutu was director of Museum Maluku in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He curated exhibitions on the Moluccan history, culture and current events and developed the museum as one of the few ethnic museums in the Netherlands into a knowledge in the field of heritage and diversity.

Manuhutu was also the Chair of the Commission History of Migration within the project Heritage Minorities from 2000 to 2004. With the support of the Ministry of Education and Mondriaan Foundation the commission’s objective was to give a stronger voice to migrant communities within the heritage sector. From 2004 to 2008 was Manuhutu chairman of the Netherlands Museum Association. At the Mondriaan Foundation Wim Manuhutu was advisor to the committee Programs of contemporary art museums and heritage institutions. Since 2004 Wim Manuhutu has been a member of the Advisory Committee on Appointments and the Dutch Arts Council.

In 2009 he began his doctoral research at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam on the relationship between the Netherlands and is former colonies Indonesia and Suriname. The central research question focuses on the way this historical relation influences the contemporary concept of shared cultural heritage.


Symposium: UnAuthorised Medium – Return and Repatriation
Symposium as part of the opening weekend for exhibition UnAuthorised Medium.
Table Ronde: Oral History in the Jewish Historical Museum
On the role of personal stories in the museum.
Symposium: Contested History
A symposium on the (re)presentation of Dutch-Indonesian colonial history in museums.
World Art and the Imperial Imagination
A workshop on the interface of contemporary art, postcolonial theory and cultural museology.
Presence of an Absence
An investigation into the relationship between objects, experiences and identity.