Artists Srihadi Soedarsono, Fendry Ekel in Spotlight at National Gallery Exhibitions

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

FEBRUARY 11, 2016

Jakarta. The works of two Indonesian artists, Srihadi Soedarsono and Fendry Ekel, will be exhibited in their respective solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Indonesia in Central Jakarta this month.

Titled "70 Tahun Rentang Kembara Roso" ("The 70-Year Journey of Roso"), the exhibition on Srihadi will be open for public viewing starting this Friday (12/02) and will continue until Feb. 24. Rikrik Kusmara has curated seven of the artist's canvas paintings along with 450 watercolor paintings, sketches and drawings on paper — all spanning from 1946 to this year — that will be showcased at the gallery.

Born in the 1930s, Srihadi is known for his expressionist paintings depicting abstract figures and natural landscapes. His long, prolific career in the art world has been recognized with numerous awards, including the silver prize at the Seoul International Art Competition in 1985.

A new book on Srihadi will also be discussed in a forum event on Feb. 20, with renowned curator Jim Supangkat as one of the speakers.

Fendry's solo exhibition, meanwhile, will take place from this Saturday to Feb. 21. Curated by Suwarno Wisetrotomo, "1987" will highlight the artist's creative journey through 21 of his paintings created in the period of 2012 to 2016. Among them is a monumental series centering on ships inspired by the theme of sea transportation.

The 45-year-old artist moved from Indonesia to Europe in the 1980s and studied fine arts in Amsterdam. His work often reference black-and-white photographs depicting portraits, architecture and historic events. Fendry has organized numerous solo exhibitions around the world, including at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in New York in 2009.

Srihadi Soedarsono's "70 Tahun Rentang Kembara Roso" is open from Feb. 12 to 24, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fendry Ekel's "1987" is open from Feb. 13 to 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

National Gallery of Indonesia, Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No. 14, Central Jakarta. For more information, visit galeri-nasional.or.id.

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