Contemporary Art in Jakarta: Part II
One of the most respected arts institutions in Jakarta, Art:1 was founded in 1983 as Mon Décor by Martha Gunawan. Collecting over 2,500 artworks this pioneer gallery won the Best Gallery of the Year Award in 2010. It was an year later that Mon Décor was transformed into an arts institution, and named Art:1. Relocated to the Kemayoran area, this gallery breathed new life into the city’s vision for contemporary art. Art:1 is split into two buildings: Art:1 New Museum houses the permanent collection of works by prominent, modern Indonesian masters such as Widayat, Made Wianta and Anusapati; while the Artspace:1 focuses more on contemporary works by emerging Indonesian and international artists, such as Syaiful Boen and Aditya Novali.
Address: Jl. Rajawali Selatan Raya No. 3, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Contact no.: +62 21 64700168
The ARTsphere Gallery focuses on modern, contemporary art from young Indonesian talent coming out of Jakarta, Jogyakarta, Bali and Bandung, famously known as being a hub for artists, collectors, and art lovers. The gallery was founded in 2006 and its past exhibitions have included the thought-provoking sculptures of Renjani Damais-Arifin, the powerful abstractions of Tisna Sanjaya, and the playful, surreal paintings of Tatang BSP.
Address: Jl.Kemang Raya No.1 Unit 2, Jakarta, Indonesia
Contact no.: +62 21 7199719
Another frontrunner on the Jakartan arts scene, Edwin’s Gallery was established in 1984 by renowned photographer Edwin Rahardjo. The gallery has hosted more than 150 exhibitions, presenting work by more than 200 artists from Indonesia and beyond. These include some of the country’s most prominent contemporary artists, such as the sculptor Nyoman Nuartaand surrealist painter Ivan Sagita.
Address: Jl. Kemang Raya No. 21 Kemang, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Contact no.: +62 21 7194721, +62 21 71790049
With gorgeous parquet floors offsetting the art on the walls, Andi’s Gallery diverges slightly from the white cube concept. Set up in 1990, the gallery has been central to the discourse within Indonesian contemporary art over the years. In 2009, the gallery broke new ground by presenting the work of 53 Indonesian women sculptors for the My Body exhibition, including the evocative works of Ade Artie Tjakra, Lydia Poetrie and Yani Mariani Sastranegara.
Address: Tanah Abang 4/14, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Contact no.: +62 21 3813129
Nadi Gallery was founded in 2000 by architect and art collector Biantoro Santoso, and owns an extensive collection of art by acclaimed Indonesian artists of the past few decades. The name nadi means ‘aorta’ or ‘artery’, and refers to the gallery’s focus on the pulses of contemporary art.
Address: Jl. Kembang Indah III, Blok G III No. 4 – 5 Puri Indah, Jakarta Barat, Indonesia
Contact no. +62 21 5805677
Beneath the exterior that boasts of a vibrant nightlife, you will find an entirely different Jakarta just waiting to be discovered