via The Nation, 02 November 2018: Exhibition at the Queen Sirikit Textile Museum showcases royal textiles from the Javanese court.
The batik collection of King Chulalongkorn from the central Javanese principalities of Yogyakarta and Surakarta allures with distinctive shades of blue and brown and even some “forbidden motifs” reserved for the nobility.
Source: A treasure of Rama V
A national museum to showcase the Malay daggers, the kris, will be built this year in Surakarta.
Surakarta to build museum to preserve kris tradition
Jakarta Post, 25 January 2013
An excavation of a bunker in Surakarta is halted for lack of funds. The bunker is thought to be from the Dutch period, although there is a possibility it might be Japanese.
Excavation of a Dutch bunker in Surakarta, Jakarta Post 20120827
Surakarta halts excavation of bunker due to lack of funding
Jakarta Post, 27 August 2012
What is the cost of maintaining the Radya Pustaka Museum in Surakarta? The museum, which turns 120 next year, houses a wide range of artefacts from Indonesia including ancient sculpture and a large collection of ancient books. The museum is seeking to increase its funding from 197 million rupiah (USD20,000) to 300 million (USD31,000) in order to maintain its current collections.
Radya Pustaka Needs Rp 300 Million
Tempo Interaktif, 29 October 2009
Investigations into the theft of artefacts from a Javanese museum takes a sinister turn when an expert witness is found dead beside the highway.
Witness in museum theft found dead
The Jakarta Post, 10 February 2008
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25 November 2007 (Jakarta Post) – A further development to the museum theft story, the businessman who owns the house where some of the stolen statues were found in pledges his cooperation.
Hashim wants to cooperate, says lawyer
Hashim Djojohadikusumo’s lawyer said Saturday that the businessman had pledged his cooperation to the ongoing police investigation into the theft of artifacts from the Radya Pustaka Museum in Surakarta, Central Java.
22 November 2007 (Jakarta Post, BBC) – A museum theft ring was uncovered in Surakarta, in Java, Indonesia, involving several staff members of a museum who have been selling the museum’s collections and replacing them with copies. The stolen artefacts are Hindu-Buddhist statues from Indonesia’s classical period, dating back to the 13th century.
Police break up internal theft racket at museum
Several staff including a curator from Surakarta’s Radya Pustaka Museum have admitted to an internal theft racquet involving up to 13 century-old statues, after police acted on a former-staff member’s report.
Central Java Police said Wednesday they had recovered from a businessman’s home in Jakarta five of historical statues stolen from the museum.
Each statue had been replaced at the museum with fakes.