A slew of Chinese paintings and calligraphies were on view at an exhibition at Balai Kartini, South Jakarta. (B1 Photo/Feriawan Hidayat)

Chinese Artwork Auction Raises Rp 2b for Indonesian Red Cross


NOVEMBER 18, 2015

Jakarta. An auction of two pieces of fine art from China raised nearly Rp 2 billion ($145,700) in Jakarta, with all the proceeds going to the Indonesian Red Cross.

The works – a painting that sold for Rp 1 billion and a piece of calligraphy that fetched Rp 950 million – went on the block as part of the exhibition “The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Embracement of Chinese Culture in Indonesia,” organized by the construction company Bauing Indonesia and the Guangzhou Municipal Artists Association.

The title of the exhibition, which ended on Wednesday, refers to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s initiative of a modern-era “maritime silk road,” which he raised during a visit to Indonesia two years ago.

Throughout the exhibition, 89 works of art by Chinese artists from 1970 and 2015, were on display. The main attraction was a 60-meter-long painting made by a group of landscape painters led by Zhou Guocheng.

Xie Feng, China’s ambassador to Indonesia, said the exhibition was also held to commemorate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“The relationship between the two countries is entering its best period in history,” he added.