Visitors admire paintings by Indonesian maestro Affandi at the opening of Art Stage Jakarta on Friday (05/08). (JG Photo/Annisa Dina)

Art Stage Jakarta: Classic and Contemporary Indonesian Artists at Their Best


AUGUST 06, 2016

Jakarta. Art Stage Jakarta kicks off their inaugural event at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta in South Jakarta on Friday (05/08), showcasing a finely selected collection of artworks by Indonesian and international artists.

Sticking close to its official theme "Indonesia at Its Best," founder and president Lorenzo Rudolf said Art Stage Jakarta aims to be a platform to showcase new talented Indonesian artists to a broader crowd. Rudolf said the Jakarta event will not just be a copy of its predecessor Art Stage Singapore, which has been running for seven years. 

“For an event to be successful, it must have its own identity. So that’s what we’re trying to do here. Art Stage Jakarta is filled with Indonesian arts,” he said. To prove his point, guests at the fair will be greeted with sixteen installations by Indonesian artists upon entrance.

The fair, which runs until Sunday, Aug 8, is hosting 33 international galleries from Asia, Europe and the United States, and 16 local galleries. Some of these galleries are collaborating for the fair. Sunrise Art Gallery and Arcade from Jakarta, for example, are partnering with Kato Art Duo gallery from Singapore to put together the artworks for Art Stage Jakarta.

Villa Del Arte Galleries, based in Barcelona and Amsterdam, brings 20 artworks from their galleries to Art Stage Jakarta because many of their clients are from Indonesia — particularly Jakarta.

Art Stage Jakarta has four main programs: public artworks, talk shows, private tours in the VIP program and a special exhibition called Expose that Rudolf dubs as the highlight of the fair.

Taking a quiet corner in the upper ground floor of the venue, Expose displays art collections by two generations of Indonesian art collectors as curated by Enin Supriyanto.

Four talk shows on Saturday and Sunday will feature Indonesian film producer Mira Lesmana, founder of Papermoon Puppet Theater Maria Tri Sulityani, representatives from the ministry of education and culture and the creative economy agency Bekraf.

Rudolf himself also curated a special exhibition called "The Human Face" to showcase paintings by Indonesian expressionist maestro Affandi. The Sotheby’s-sponsored exhibition displays some of Affandi’s finest self portraits, as well as his other masterpieces, "At the Cockfight," "Tibet" and "Balinese Dancer."

According to Rudolf, Affandi remains an interesting and important artist to feature. "His trademark is squeezing paint directly on the canvas and using his fingers and hands to smear the paint around. He spends his entire life looking for the purest ways to express himself, but his self-portraits are never narcissistic,” he said. 

Art Stage Jakarta is taking place three weeks ahead of the longer-running art market Bazaar Art Jakarta, which will run on Aug. 25 to 28. Meanwhile, the next Art Stage Singapore is slated for Jan. 12 to 15, 2017, at the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Center in Singapore.