Welcome to Hortus Malabaricus

Hortus Malabaricus is an online community platform serving an international interest group regarding the Hortus Malabaricus, a 17th century 12-volume book illustrating around 700 indigenous plants in the Malabar region of Kerala, India that explains their medicinal properties, with captions in 5 different languages. The content will focus on not only the creation of the Hortus Malabaricus but its artistic, botanical, medicinal and political importance in 2013 by concerned parties.

During the late 17th century when the VOC (Dutch East India Company) controlled trade along the Malabar coast, the former Dutch governor Hendrik van Reede tot Drakenstein collaborated with local doctors, botanists, translators and artisans to produce the Hortus Malabaricus. Printed in Amsterdam between 1678-1693, it is a 12-volume work illustrating around 700 indigenous plants that explains their medicinal properties, with captions in 5 different languages.
Upon entering on the right, Commodore Odatha a.k.a. Hendrik van Reede tot Drakenstein is...

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A study into (un)becoming Dutch- Part I in the far room on the left is where my Ayurvedic doctor tells a story about emigration, immigration, integration, and finally disintegration in regard to setting up his practice in the Netherlands, while driving through his neighborhood in Kerala. A study into (un)becoming Dutch- Part I exposes various aspects of Dutch bureaucracy faced by immigrants and the decision to return to the country of origin. In A Study into Unbecoming Dutch Part lI, a flatscreen monitor positioned above a massage table reflects the...

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In the main gallery a copy of this book is on view for visitors to peruse its beautiful drawings as well as The Wanted Land, a 12-minute video that makes visible how local people have interpreted, understood and experienced the Dutch colonization of Fort Cochin. It gathers family genealogies, storytelling, and exchange of information as a re-viewing of history favoring oral traditions, participation and vox populi perspectives over the official written narrative of historians, social scientists, anthropologists and sociologists.

The production...

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LAUNCH!

February 18th, 5-8 pm: Opening, public discussion and launch of an online community platform http://hortusmalabaricus.net The opening will bring together local interest groups regarding the Hortus Malabaricus. All are invited to contribute their knowledge, participation is encouraged and refreshments will be served.

Mrs Mariella van Miltenburg, Head of the Department of Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy of the Netherlands Embassy in New Delhi, will officially open the exhibition...

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February 15th-22nd 2012 | David Hall Gallery, Fort Cochin, India

The Wanted Land focuses on the cultural exchange that has occurred over the past 350 years on the Malabar Coast between the Dutch and the local population. During the late 17th century when the VOC (Dutch East India Company) controlled trade along the Malabar coast, the former Dutch governor Hendrik van Reede tot Drakenstein collaborated with local doctors, botanists, translators and artisans to produce a handbook of indigenous medicinal plants. This book was the...

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