After five years of restoration, the Golden Coach is ready to get back on the road again. Will it remain the eye-catcher on Prince’s Day and appear during royal inaugurations and weddings? Or does it belong in a museum? Among the Dutch, more and more people are offended by the paintings on the coach, which refer to the colonial past, while others cherish this fairy tale on wheels.
This richly illustrated book tells significant and surprising stories about the Golden Coach in an accessible way. What are its origins, and what did people hope to achieve with it? How has the royal vehicle been used since? What symbolism is incorporated into it? And why has it been the subject of discussion and protest from the moment it was first conceived in 1896? Renowned authors and young talents tackle these and other issues.
This book accompanies the exhibition The Golden Coach in the Amsterdam Museum (2021–2022), where the carriage will be on display for the first time since its restoration.
With contributions from Margriet Schavemaker, Annemarie de Wildt, Lise Havermans-Steyn, Maria Rey-Lamslag, Irene Stengs, Karwan Fatah-Black, Ghanima Kowsoleea, and others.