At the Tugu Kunstkring opening night, exactly 99 years after the building first opened its doors, a colossal painting of THE FALL OF JAVA was shown for public for the first time. The 9 x 4 m painting depicted the capture of Prince Diponegoro on 28th of March 1830 at the house of Magelang Resident, after the betrayal of General De Cock from the Dutch-Indies Government.
In Indonesian art history, this legendary scene of Prince Diponegoro’s capture has only been painted by J.W Pieneman and Raden Saleh. This makes The Fall of Java as the third painting in the world that portrays one of the most iconic events in Indonesia history. The painting can be appreciated in a themed room Ruang Pangeran Diponegoro, dedicated to the Knight on A Horse.
The Pangeran Diponegoro Room is a magnificent hall with high ceilings that has a seating capacity of 85 people. It is furnished with a long beautiful wooden table in the middle decorated with flowers, candles and elegant white linens.