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Selasa, 05 Agustus 2014

Jakarta’s Top 10 Contemporary Art Galleries and Museums


Under its previous guise as Mon Decor, founded in 1983 by Martha Gunawan, this pioneering private gallery was one of the most respected arts institutions in the city, collecting over 2,500 pieces of art work and winning the Best Gallery of the Year Award in 2010. A year later, Mon D├ęcor was transformed into an arts institution, named Art:1, and relocated to the Kemayoran area. This proved to be breath new life into the city’s vision for contemporary art, succeeding where the government have failed. Art:1 is split into two buildings: Art:1 New Museum houses the permanent collection of works by prominent, modern Indonesian masters such as Widayat, Made Wianta and Anusapati; Artspace:1 focuses more on contemporary works by emerging Indonesian and international artists, such as Syaiful Boen and Aditya Novali, with a space that encourages interaction and exploration.

ARTsphere Gallery

Calling itself a hub for artists, collectors and art lovers, ARTsphere Gallery focuses on modern, contemporary art from young Indonesian talent coming out of Jakarta, Jogyakarta, Bali and Bandung, as well promoting the nation’s art at home and abroad. The gallery was founded in 2006 by Maya Sujatmiko, an arts academic and professional, with a remit to actively contribute to and develop the Indonesian art scene. Past exhibitions have included the thought-provoking sculptures of Renjani Damais-Arifin, the powerful abstractions of Tisna Sanjaya, and the playful, surreal paintings of Tatang BSP. Previously based at Dharmawangsa Square, ARTsphere is now housed in a slightly smaller space at the Kemang Icon, making it a convenient stop while visiting other galleries in the area.

Edwin’s Gallery

Another frontrunner on the Jakartan arts scene, Edwin’s Gallery was established in 1984 by renowned photographer Edwin Rahardjo. Starting out of a small gallery space and studio in his parents’ garage, the gallery has continued to grow and develop over the years to become one of the most active institutions in the city. Now located in the Kemang area of Jakarta, the gallery has hosted more than 150 exhibitions, presenting work by more than 200 artists from Indonesia and beyond. These include some of the country’s most prominent contemporary artists, such as the sculptor Nyoman Nuarta and surrealist painter Ivan Sagita. The gallery has also worked to promote Indonesian art on the world stage, at international shows in Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Venice. Not only that, it was one of the first galleries to introduce Chinese avant-garde art to the Indonesian public, presenting artists such as Zhang Xiaogang and Fang Lijun at a 2003 exhibition called From China with Art at the National Gallery of Indonesia.
Andi’s Gallery
Andi’s Gallery diverges slightly from the white cube concept, with gorgeous parquet floors offsetting the art on the walls. Set up in 1990, the gallery presents a wide range of modern and contemporary art, including sculpture and multimedia, and has been central to the discourse within Indonesian contemporary art over the years. Holding more than 6 exhibitions a year, including their flagship annual Sculptures exhibition, the gallery resists market forces, bringing marginal art to the fore. This spirit was present from the beginning, with one of their first exhibitions, Super Realis, launching the genre of super-realistic painting into the mainstream. In 2009, the gallery again broke new ground by presenting the work of 53 Indonesian women sculptors for the My Body exhibition, including the evocative works of Ade Artie Tjakra, Lydia Poetrie and Yani Mariani Sastranegara. With its finger firmly on the pulse, Andi’s gallery is the place to find the next big thing in the Indonesian art world.

Nadi Gallery

Nadi Gallery was founded in 2000 by architect and art collector Biantoro Santoso, whose love of contemporary art underlies the gallery’s mission to promote Indonesian art. The gallery owns an extensive collection of art, especially painting, by acclaimed Indonesian artists of the past few decades. The name nadi means ‘aorta’ or ‘artery’, and refers to the gallery’s focus on the pulses of contemporary art. New exhibitions are staged at least six times a year, with guest curators, showing works by Indonesian and overseas artists. The gallery also facilitates exchanges between artists, critics, collectors and curators through workshops and attending international art fairs. Their inaugural exhibition was of the famed painter, sculptor and installation artist Heri Dono, whose work is influenced by Javanese folk theatre, wayang, producing strange, mythological and humorous pieces that comment on the political and social situation in Indonesia and abroad.


Established in 2000, ruangrupa is an artist-led, non-profit organisation that aims to support the progress of the local art scene through various initiatives, festivals, workshops and projects. Since 2008, the group opened RURU Gallery, which provides an exhibition space for young artists and curators, such as One of their projects is Art Lab, which offers space for collaboration and exchange for artists to explore and critically engage with urban life in the city. The group also facilitates Jakarta 32°c, a biennale showcasing the work of Jakarta students, and the international biennial OK. Video festival, as well as publishing Karbon, the only Indonesian contemporary art magazine. Come here to see the youthful, experimental edge of Indonesian creativity.

Linda Gallery

Since Linda Gallery was founded in 1990 in Jakarta, it has been an active, commercial force in the Southeast Asian arts scene. With additional branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore, Linda Gallery specialises in Chinese contemporary art, presenting the freshest work from across the region, and acting as a platform for artistic exchange and communication. Linda Gallery has hosted the work of renowned Asian and Indonesian-based artists such as Shi Hu, Basoeki Abdullah, Xiao Bing, Rearngsak and Nico Vrielink, as well as participating in international events such as China International Gallery Expo, Art Singapore and Art Beijing. For a glimpse of Pan-Asian art, Linda Gallery is unbeatable.

Galeri Hadiprana

Galeri Hadiprana is the longest operating gallery promoting fine art in Indonesia. Borne out of founder Hendra Hadiprana’s search for beauty in the confusing, broken city of Jakarta after he returned home from studying in the Netherlands, this gallery survived the economic turmoil of the 60s to bring art to the appreciation of the wider public. Having evolved through the decades, the gallery is now housed in a large, flexible space, with movable walls, befitting of a modern arts institute. Hadiprana has promoted and mentored many of Indonesia’s now-celebrated artists such as renowned writer and painter Danarto, Yusuf Affendi, and Made Gunawan. Galeria Hadiprana continues to promote the best of Indonesian contemporary art, staging exhibitions with a deep sense of respect and wonder for the country’s cultural identity and the gallery’s history.

Canna Gallery

Canna Gallery is a leading contemporary art gallery that opened in 2001, in a small shop house, before expanding to encompass three whole floors in order to house large contemporary works. Similarly, its reputation has grown in over the years, especially becoming a significant presence on the international arts fair scene, regularly showing at Art Basel Hong Kong and ArtStage Singapore. Canna Gallery showcases cutting edge, innovative art, with recent solo shows by notable Indonesian artists such as Suraji and FX Harsono. The latter’s exhibition, what we have here perceived as truth we shall encounter some day as beauty staged at Jogja National Museum, is a powerful response to the fraught sociopolitical history of the Chinese-Indonesians in his native East Java, and the forgotten victims of the massacres in the 1940s.

BIASA ArtSpace Jakarta

The Balinese gallery BIASA ArtSpace has played an important role in developing contemporary art in Indonesia since it opened in 2005, by working closely with emerging artists and curators, and engaging in the global discourse of art and identity. The gallery in Jakarta acts as a complementary space, bringing an alternative platform to the city and continuing its mission for better social understanding. Recent exhibitions have included the contemplative Garden of Delight by Indonesian artist Arya Pandjalu, in which the gallery was transformed into an indoor garden, complete with grass, leaves and otherworldly creatures, with mixed media works scattered throughout, starkly drawing out the contradictory nature of the environment and urban ecology. Another notable exhibition was Observatories of the Self by Yogyakarta-based Belgian artist Sara Nuytemans. This show presented seven interactive, kinetic installations which used reflective media, light and technology to capture the viewer and the environment, creating ‘constellations’, exploring the way humans interact with the world and their role in it.