Museum Nasional to hold the first graffity exhibition

In a similar fashion as when photography was acknowledged for the first time as a medium worthy of an art-status exhibition in Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, in 1967 featuring the work of Lee Friedlander, Diane Arbus, and Garry Winogrand, graffiti in Indonesia jubilantly marked its own recognition with a joint exhibition Off the Wall by a dozen graffiti artists in Museum Nasional, November 2016. Continue reading Museum Nasional to hold the first graffity exhibition

Sipfest 2016 to find a relevance in the host country

Komunitas Salihara’s traditional bienalle festival, held consecutively ever since its opening in 2008, then called Festival Salihara, begins in October with a more significant merit to be an internationally recognized art stage showcasing its well curated exhibitions so far under the new name SIPFest 2016, said the Program Director Nirwan Dewanto. Continue reading Sipfest 2016 to find a relevance in the host country

Socio-historical approach in contemporary art

Just as the recent criticism on Indonesia’s fine art by some high profiles inside the art council itself underscores the lack of relevant social criticism, the more localised contemporary art bienalle in Bandung this year presents a more savvy view which involves a socio-cultural approach, a tendency to revisit interweaving human history with its conspicious butterfly effect we have seen today. Continue reading Socio-historical approach in contemporary art

University of rest and relax, Liem Keng Sien in retropsective

Liem Keng Sien (1954 – 2014) called his home cum studio the university of rest and relax, a creative place that goes unsupported by government, and unrecognized by public. Less serious in nature, perhaps it is this aphorism “Art is long, life is short” where Keng Sien took an inspiration to create his final art series, interestingly, in the shape of many laughing expressions based … Continue reading University of rest and relax, Liem Keng Sien in retropsective