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Gifts Unwrapped! Experience the Art of Giving

Tropenmuseum Amsterdam
Curated by Karen Tessel
Exhibition design by MAISON the FAUX
Graphic design by Dana Dijkgraaf
3D print by Carol Civre

Everywhere in the world people give presents, at birthday parties, weddings, funerals or as offerings. But what is the secret of  a good gift?  
Gifts Unwrapped! is a lavish interactive exhibition where you can discover what a wedding dress, dolls and mangoes have in common. There are lots of differences, lots of similarities, and above all lots of variation.It’s exciting to get presents, and also to give them. Sometimes it can be a little difficult, though it is often simply fun. But what do you do if you don’t like a gift, or you feel it’s too little, or even just plain ugly? Can you say so, or is that inappropriate? Dutch people sometimes even ask for the receipt, but would someone do that in Japan or Thailand, for example? 

Gifts Unwrapped! opened on the 5th of June and will be on display till the 5th of March 2023.