publication date 10-3-2017

Jennifer Tee in Rijksmuseum

Currently on view in the Rijksmuseum: alumna Jennifer Tee's monumental artwork Tulip Palepai, navigating the river of the world. The work - inspired by the traditional Palepai (ship cloths) of southern Sumatra – depicts two large ships with prow and mast. Tee’s 18-metre-long artwork was commissioned by Amsterdam’s City Council for the new metro entrance hall at Centraal Station. The artwork will be on view, as a photographic reproduction, from 2018.

The tapestry combines the tulip, the world-famous Dutch icon, and the distinctive Palepai motif. The ship houses symbols and elements from the (recent) history of the city: for example historical lanterns of the Damrak, Amsterdam railway clocks by Cuypers and the Amsterdam lion.

Filmmaker Lisa Boerstra followed Jennifer Tee for over a year as she worked on Tulip Palepai. The documentary Jennifer Tee - Leaving Limbo was broadcasted on Dutch Televison, and can be viewed here.
In June 2016 the press and art world were invited to attend the exclusive sneak preview of 'Tulip Palepai' in one of the project spaces at the Rijksakademie In June 2016 the press and art world were invited to attend the exclusive sneak preview of 'Tulip Palepai' in one of the project spaces at the Rijksakademie