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11 Dec 2011

The World Explained at Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam

Het Tropenmuseum, 2011

The World Explained
The Tropenmuseum


Opening hours from 1 September, 2011 Tuesdays to Sundays and holidays: 10 AM – 5 PM

During holidays and school holidays - except the summer holidays - the museum is also open on Mondays: 10 AM – 5 PM.

The Tropenmuseum is closed on 1 January, 30 April, 5 May and December 25. On December 31 and 24 the museum is open until 3 PM.


+31 (0)20 5688200

Het Tropenmuseum
Linnaeusstraat 2
1092 CK Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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The World Explained
09.12.2011 – 11.03.2012

What is creativity? Can stereotypes change? What use is humour? Tropenmuseum presents The World Explained, a project by Mexican artist Erick Beltrán and the people of Amsterdam.

In September 2011, Beltrán sent out a team of young anthropologists to interview people in the city. These interviews are collated in a contemporary encyclopaedia. The results are shown at the Tropenmuseum. In the exhibition visitors can add their own theories to the growing collection.

Erick Beltrán is inspired by micro-history, where personal stories form the principal source. He has already produced editions of The World Explained in São Paulo (2008) and Barcelona (2009). When the show finishes, the three editions will be combined in a single volume.

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Tropenmuseum - Linnaeusstraat 2 - 1092 CK Amsterdam - +31 (0)20 568 8331 -