"Kawan-Kawan Revolusi" (Friends of the Revolution), a 1947 painting by Soedjojono — one of many Revolution-era works from the State Palace's collection that will be featured in a special exhibition at the National Gallery in August. (Doc. Presidential Staff's Office Photo)

Indonesian State Palace Unveils Collection of Classic Paintings


JULY 13, 2016

Jakarta. For the first time in history, the public will be able to see paintings from the Indonesian State Palace's collection in an exhibition dubbed “17/71: Sketches of the Struggle for Independence."

Throughout August, 28 paintings from 21 artists and 100 photographs from the presidential collection will be on display at the National Gallery in Jakarta.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo welcomes the exhibition, saying in a statement released on Tuesday (12/07) that the public deserves the opportunity to see the classic works of art.

The exhibition will feature legendary paintings by Indonesian old masters Raden Saleh, Affandi, S. Sudjojono, Basoeki Abdullah and Dullah — the Palace’s official painter during the era of President Soekarno.

Foreign painters will also feature in the exhibition, including Dutch painter and honorary Ubud resident Rudolf Bonnet and the Mexican muralist — and Frieda Kahlo's husband — Diego Rivera.

A 1958 painting by Indonesia's first president Soekarno, entitled “Rini,” will also be displayed.

The exhibition has been curated from the Palace's 3000-strong painting collection by Mikke Susanto and Rizki A. Zaelani and will form a part of Indonesia's 71st independence celebration this year.