Art Jakarta returns to arouse art enthusiasm in Indonesia

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Art Jakarta exhibition event in 2017 last year, which is crowded by visitors both local and foreign. The event is back in August 2018. (photo: IO/Aldo)

IO, Jakarta – It was first initiated in 2009, Art Jakarta in 2018 will be held again in August. Carrying the theme ‘Celebrating the 10th Anniversary’, dozens of programs have been prepared by Art Jakarta team to enliven the prestigious art fair in Indonesia. By presenting a new dimension of artwork in Indonesia and collaboration with local and international artists through art exhibitions, Art Jakarta is optimistic to raise the art of passion in Indonesia.

One of the programs of particular concern is Art Unlimited Art Jakarta 2018 which attracts young artists to showcase their artwork. Special presentations for young artists directed at the Bekraf area are sheltered by Enin Supriyanto, Asmudjo Irianto, Irawan Karseno, and Totot Indarto. Irawan Karseno who was present during a press conference said ‘Art Unlimited’ will go to the existing artist studios in the country.

“We will curate the right works to be included in ‘Art Unlimited’. We will develop again, not only textiles but also other mediums,” said the man who also works as Chairman of the Jakarta Arts Council.

Not only artist studios that are in Java alone, but Irawan promised to go to Kalimantan and Sulawesi.

“Art Unlimited will expand not only the product but also the consumers.” The exploration is locally and through media. “Our governance values ​​will be responsive,” he concluded.

2018 ART Jakarta Press Conference, took place at The Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place, Jakarta. Markus Chandra Barata (left), Irawan Karseno (second left), Ria Lirungan (third left), Paramita Soedarjo (center left), Rifky Effendy (center right), Vivi Yip (third right), Gil Schneider (second right), Dedy Koswara (right) as moderator. (photo: IO/Aldo)

For this 10th anniversary, Art Jakarta will be presenting new and special things compared to the previous year. Starting from art exhibitions, creative art performance, creative art talk, art workshops, and charity. Art Jakarta 2018 will take place on Thursday, August 2 – Sunday, 5 August 2018 to be held Grand Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton, Pacific Place, Central Jakarta.

“We want to make Jakarta at least one of the arts’ goals to be proud of, because it has art fairs like any other city in the world,” said Ria Lirungan, Deputy Head of Committee Art Jakarta.

Not just an art exhibition, Art Jakarta is also a place to educate the visitors so that visual art can be felt closer and reachable. It is also a place to bring together artists, art gallery owners, and art lovers in a world-class art exhibition.

“With the development of technology, now more and more people appreciate artworks and it is not hard to bring them,” added Ria.

The highlight from Art Jakarta is the presence of a theme titled ’10 for 10 ‘, which is an exhibition of 10 art installations with the concept of a museum show presented by 10 prominent artists Indonesia. Starting from Kemal Ezedine, Yani Mariani, Agus Suwage, Syagini Ratnawulan, Bagus Pandega, Hahan, Chinati Juhansyah, Eddie Sutanto, Heri Dono, and Tere.

“This number 10 signifies the 10 years of Art Jakarta. Everything will elaborate the artwork with thematic theme of a decade of Art Jakarta, “said Rifky Effendy, Creative Director Art jakarta.

In addition, there will also be 10 artists from Japan, so art lovers can see how the artists work through ‘Japan Art Now’. Visitors can also see the special performances of Flying Balloons Puppet from Yogyakarta, and Pasar Purnama by Sasikirana origin Bandung. Charity event in Art Jakarta is not to be missed through the charity auction event from selected artists.

This is also a BEKRAF event to further provide ‘exposure’ to the artists in the region. Through his program titled ‘Art Unlimited’, BEKRAF will curate artwork by moving to areas such as Sumatra, Kalimantan, and others, to further capture local abilities. Visitors of Art Jakarta 2018 can enjoy 1,000 works of art by more than 300 local and international artists and 51 art galleries by simply preparing Rp 50 thousand in August. (Aldo)