In the middle of hustle and bustle of Medan Merdeka Road, there’s a sanctuary for art enthusiast called National Gallery of Indonesia (Galeri Nasional Indonesia). Well, if you’re not really into art, we’re very sure that you will still love this place. We heard many positive feedback about this gallery so we decided to pay a visit.
National Gallery of Indonesia is open for public and it’s free. You are allowed to take photos but remember, don’t use camera’s flash! You can find a lot of instagram-worthy spots in this gallery. We encourage you to dress up nicely and bring your camera so you can snap your best moment flawlessly.
Yesterday, we visited the two current exhibitions: RESIPRO(VO)KASI and ‘The Altarpieces’.
Let’s take a look!
RESIPRO(VO)KASI (in English: RECIPRO(VO)CATION) is all about visual art practices that was involved in Indonesia Post-Reformation era. According to the introduction, Recipro(vo)cation can be interpreted as “reciprocation and provocation”, a two way method of communication and egalitarian exchange of ideas between artists and the public, which is directly related to the creative process of artworks/art events – consciously or unconsciously – as if each is provoking the other.
You can find amazing art pieces by these talented 10 artists: Moelyono (Yogyakarta), Angki Purbandono (Yogyakarta), Wimo Ambala Bayang (Yogyakarta), Irwan Ahmett (Jakarta), Elia Nurvista (Yogyakarta), Fajar Abadi (Bandung), Vincent Rumahloine (Bandung), Alfiah Rahdini (Bandung), Jatiwangi Art Factory (Majalengka), and Cut & Rescue (Jakarta).
There’s a lot of instagram-able spots at this exhibition, seriously.
Period: Friday, 6 October – Thursday, 19 October 2017
Location: Gedung B
Optimism is Ridiculous ‘The Altarpieces’
Quoted from the introduction, ‘The Altarpieces’ is inspired by Natee Utarit‘s interpretation of the world and its various beliefs that appear in the Western world from his own personal Asian perspective, instead of a perspective has long been shaped by Western thinking and the spread of Western imperialism, which began centuries ago.
Natee Utarit was born in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find his works in several leading institutions such as Bangkok University, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia and Singapore Art Museum in Singapore, as well as private collections in Europe and Asia.
There are 12 artworks that you can find at this exhibition. Every artwork has its own story which you can find next to the painting. Take your time to read it so you can deeply understand the perspective.
Period: Tuesday, 3 October – Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Location: Gedung A
Do we love both exhibitions? Yes, we do!
In fact, we love to spend our time at National Gallery of Indonesia. Even though we’re not an expert, strolling around gallery and admiring the arts are soothing and exciting for us. If there’s another exhibition, we are gladly to come again!
When: Tuesday – Friday, Sunday / 09:00 – 16:00
Saturday / 08:00 – 20:00
Where: Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No. 14
More info: www.galeri-nasional.or.id / +6221 3483 3954