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