Dewi further explained that due to the difference in seasons between the Netherlands, which has four seasons, and Indonesia, which has two seasons, acclimatization of the repatriated artifacts is necessary.

Acclimatization is the process or result of becoming accustomed to a new climate or new conditions.

The Indonesian government has stated that it will provide a preservation team to take care of the collections, particularly to stabilize the condition of the artifacts once they are returned home.

"I have personally inspected the condition of the four Singasari statues and directed my team to look after and maintain them well, as well as the hundreds of repatriated objects that will 'come home' in waves," said Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Nadiem Anwar Makarim.

Meanwhile, the National Museum is planning to hold an exhibition with a clear storyline concept to showcase the statues, along with Prajnaparamita, which was also repatriated from the Netherlands and has been with the museum since 1975.

The temporary exhibition is expected to take place in October this year, or no later than the end of this year, and will then become permanent.

After the return of the artifacts, an increase in visitors is anticipated, but hopefully not just a temporary spike," Dewi remarked.

She added that this is not simply about the return of artifacts that have been away from their home for a long time.

"People can take pride in our works of art, in which we must emphasize the educational elements, for the creation of our national identity and character. That's what we want to convey, and that is our goal," she said.

Earlier, Minister Makarim emphasized that the short-term goal is for the public to see the valuable artifacts through exhibitions, while in the long term, they are expected to become a source of knowledge and increase the spirit of nationalism.

Editor: Anton Santoso
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