Cemeti Gallery, later Art House, operated as an alternative space and, rather than be governed by sales, they focused on exhibiting experimental, avant-garde work. Cemeti was the first point of contact for those interested or involved in Indonesian contemporary art.
An appreciation of the role of curators was developing as the result of contact with international exhibitions of Asian art and the transition of Indonesian contemporary art from the local to the global was facilitated by the development of curatorial practice in Indonesia. It was the curator that physically and intellectually made the transition from […]
In the 1990s Indonesian socio/political art, which had a history dating from the independence movement, was the art most often chosen for international exhibition. It became a major outlet for expressions of dissent about internal conditions as the Suharto regime disintegrated. By the beginning of the 1990s two distinct developments had become apparent in the […]
Artists were affected by and often closely involved with Reformasi and their artworks provide an important insight the events of 1998. In 1996 the work, Plastic Happiness, by the Korean artist, Choi Jeong-Hwa, was exhibited in Contemporary art in Asia: traditions, tensions, mounted by the Asia Society New York. When the exhibition travelled to other sites, it […]
Global artists The transition to a global perspective in Indonesian visual art is particularly seen in the careers of three artists: Dadang Christanto, Arahmaiani and Heri Dono. Dadang Christanto, Arahmaiani and Heri Dono addressed socio political issues in their art and, each in their own way, reacted to the repressive nature of the Suharto regime. […]
Indonesian art, emerging from decades of the repressive Suharto regime, began to participate in large-scale international survey exhibitions that were the most marked expression of globalisation in the fine arts. The most marked expression of globalisation in the fine arts has been the increasing number of large-scale international survey exhibitions and biennales that select and […]