Indonesian Ambassador to Bulgaria Sri Astari Rasjid in front of Affandi's painting, 'Perahu-Perahu' (Boats) at the National Art Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria. (Photo courtesy of National Gallery of Indonesia)

Indonesian Cultural Masterpieces on Display at Bulgaria’s National Art Gallery


OCTOBER 10, 2017

Jakarta. The Indonesian Embassy in Bulgaria is currently holding a series of exhibitions called "The Wonders of Indonesia 2017," showcasing Indonesian fine art, textiles, jewelry and historical artifacts at the National Art Gallery in Sofia from Oct. 6 to Nov. 12.

According a statement received by the Jakarta Globe on Monday (09/10), the event is held as part of the Europalia Arts Festival.

Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cultural cooperation with Bulgaria in March last year. The MoU was signed off by former Bulgarian Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov and former Indonesian Education and Culture Minister — now Jakarta governor-elect — Anies Baswedan.

In an official ceremony for the exhibition series on Oct. 6, guests were entertained with a traditional textile and jewelry show and an electrifying performance of the  Saman Gayo dance. They were also served with a smorgasbord of Indonesian delicacies.

The ceremony doubled as a reception to mark the 72nd anniversary of Indonesia’s independence and 61 years of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Bulgaria.

Until Nov. 12, the gallery’s Royal Palace will exhibit 10 works by Indonesian maestros Affandi, Popo Iskandar, Nyoman Arsana, A. D. Pirous and Fajar Sidik. The collection belongs to the National Gallery of Indonesia.

Curated by Citra Smara Dewi, the artists were selected as representatives of the Indonesian avant-garde of their times, and for their significant roles in shaping the country's post-independence modern art scene.

The gallery’s Square 500 will also show until Nov. 26 a diverse collection of hand-made textiles ranging from batik, ikat, songket and tenun woven in the 1900s, as well as modern batik from textile association Rumah Pesona Kain and some private collections.

Square 500 will also display a selection of Indonesian antique jewelry and historical artifacts from several provinces in the archipelago.