King's Day in De Stijl's Theme in Jakarta
Celebrating the King Willem Alexander's 50th birthday and 100th anniversary of De Stijl, the King's Day in Jakarta was heavily decorated with De Stijl-inspired banners and bicycles on Thursday last week. Organised by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Indonesia and held at the Raffles Hotel Jakarta, the reception was attended by Dutch citizens living in Indonesia, staff of Dutch organisations/companies, partners of the Embassy, and Holland alumni. The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Indonesia H.E. Rob Swartbol delivered his welcoming remarks at the start of the event, followed by dinner of well-known Dutch food such as frites, bitterballen, kibbeling, and erwtensoep. As the theme for this year's King's Day was De Stijl, guests could see many objects decorated in the style of De Stijl, including banners inspired by the works of Piet Mondriaan and Theo van Doesburg, Mondriaan-style bicycles and windmill, and a gigantic replica of Gerrit Rietveld's red and blue chair.