Putting the art in Jakarta

Indonesia's first contemporary art museum — the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN) — opens this month, and its inauguration signals a new wave of appreciation for art. “There’s been an emergence of artists and collectors,” says Deborah Iskandar, founder of ISA Art Advisory, a Jakarta-based consultancy firm. “Contemporary artists like Arin Dwihartanto, Sinta Tantra and Naufal Abshar have gained recognition. Their artworks carry Western sensibilities, putting them on … [Read more...]

RI SING 50

RI and S'pore celebrate golden years of diplomatic relationship in a contemporary arts exhibition. This particular month, Jakarta is being the seat of an arts exhibition showcasing the creations of contemporary artists from Singapore and Indonesia. The exhibition is a one-month event held from 12 September until 12 October 2017 at the Lobby Gallery of World Trade Center (WTC) 2. The exhibition is jointly organized by Singapore Tourism Board (STB), and PT Jakarta Land and ISA Art Advisory, and … [Read more...]

Museum Basoeki Abdullah

By: Ratih Poeradisastra Artikel ini diambil dari sini Sebulan setelah pelukis Basoeki Abdullah dibunuh oleh perampok di rumahnya, saya datang ke Thailand pada Desember 1993. Beberapa orang Thailand yang saya temui bertanya dengan rasa ingin tau yang besar. “Benarkah ia dibunuh? Kenapa tidak ada sekuriti? Apakah perampoknya sudah ditangkap?” Basoeki Abdullah sangat terkenal di sana. Ia pernah menjadi pelukis untuk kalangan bangsawan istana di Thailand. Ada sekitar 70 karyanya disimpan di ist … [Read more...]

In A Blink – hotel design as art

Words: Aulia R. Sungkar Originally published in JPlus of The Jakarta Post on August 13, 2016     Entering its second decade, Blink Design Group has reached great heights in the world of hospitality design, working with luxury hotel brands such as Alila, Conrad, Jumeirah, Kempinski, Mandarin Oriental, Regent, Rosewood and Six Senses. Hotel designer and creative director Clint Nagata founded the firm in 2006 in Bangkok with a staff of 20. Flash-forward to today, and … [Read more...]

An art tour shows Vietnamese history in full color

Five years in Ho Chi Minh City, working as a hotel manager in the city once named Saigon, I’ve explored this city’s alleys, its boulevards, its riverfront, its museums, pagodas, temples, churches and palaces. I’ve pieced together a pretty solid picture of Vietnamese history. I know what events followed each other, as well as the crucial names, dates and figures along the way, and even some of the lesser-known details peppering the country’s past. But what I didn’t know much of were the pers … [Read more...]

Jakarta Welcomes New Art Hotel Concept

Artotel Indonesia hotel chain unveils its second property in Jakarta following the success of the first Artotel in Surabaya. Strategically located in close proximity to commercial and business districts, Artotel Jakarta Thamrin on Jalan Sunda has recently opened its doors to public. Playing on the words “Art” and “Hotel”, Artotel features contemporary art-influenced designs in the lobby, public areas and hotel rooms. The designs are created by local artists as part of the hotel’s efforts to … [Read more...]

From Warhol with Love

From 12 to 24 September 2013, Sotheby’s Hong Kong will host a selling exhibition of Andy Warhol works, From Warhol, With Love, from S|2 - the private sale and gallery arm of Sotheby’s global Contemporary Art department, offering exceptional works of art through unique and important exhibitions throughout the world.  Primarily devoted to the artist’s works on paper, this exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see a wide range of works that act as a window into the mind of the Pop genius.  From … [Read more...]

Helsinki: The Design Capital

To the Finns, design is much more than just something pretty – after all, Helsinki was the 2012 World Design Capital. It was no surprise when on a recent visit I saw finessed design elements in rudimentary items from the forksI ate with, glasses I drank from, to chic haircuts and personal street style. They seemed to be designed effortlessly with a bit of fun and whimsy thrown in. “What surprised me the most about my visit to Finland is that Finnish design is not just something that … [Read more...]

Visual Story Teller

Despite her young age, the model-cum-photographer is climbing higher with her artworks that communicate the timeless beauty of her luscious style. In the realm of fashion photography, Nicoline Patricia Malina is one of the very few born to create distinctive photographic artworks. With an artsy flair, she infuses raw and cinematic black and white into her unique aesthetic of photography that features rich colours and impeccable sense of details. Still 27, but the Surabaya born … [Read more...]

Bali & Beyond

Balinese art sees globalization yet maintains its local value Other than having the strong value of local culture and religion, there are foreign elements that have long been infused into the historical quality of Balinese art. Both Balinese artists and the community believe that such foreign influence does not contradict local norms and cultural values. In fact, such a rich blend has made Balinese art colorful. Historically, foreign elements have for centuries been attached to Balinese … [Read more...]