ART STAGE Jakarta returns bigger, better and with even more art
Only in its second
edition, ART STAGE Jakarta 2017 has firmly cemented Jakarta as an international art destination. ART STAGE 2017 was a veritable success: the fair saw a strong turnout of more than 50,000 visitors over four days. Sales numbers were strong, with numerous significant works snapped up on the very first day of the fair.
“The second edition of ART STAGE Jakarta has been a huge success thanks to the great co-operation and partnership that we have with the Indonesian art scene,” said Lorenzo Rudolf, founder and President of ART STAGE. “This relationship is based on a strong and unshakeable trust that has grown between the fair and the Indonesian art scene. In two short years, ART STAGE Jakarta has shown the international art world that Indonesia truly is one of the most vibrant and active art scenes in Southeast Asia.”
ART STAGE Jakarta 2017 featured a first-of- its-kind art event in Jakarta: the ART STAGE Jakarta Week. During the week leading up to the main fair at Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City, various venues across the city held a multitude of art events. There was no shortage of art to enjoy and appreciate throughout the week.
Art institutes like Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Museum MACAN, the Museum Seni Rupa & Keramik, the Goethe-institut Jakarta, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, and Erasmus Huis presented exhibitions, art talks, workshops, art tours and other events. ROH Projects, D Gallerie, Redbase Art, Can’s Gallery, Nadi Gallery, RUCI Art
Space and many more held special exhibitions throughout the week. The coming together of these art institutes, putting together such a wide variety of events, is a clear indication of the widespread support and enthusiasm from the local art and cultural communities.
ART STAGE Jakarta Art Awa rd
Another significant first in Indonesian art this year, ART STAGE Jakarta 2017 also marked the inaugural Indonesian Award for Authenticity, Leadership, Excellence, Quality, Seriousness in Art. The award was initiated by prolific collector Alex Tedja, and conceptualised and organised by ART STAGE Jakarta. The award recognises the best of the best across the archipelago, highlighting creativity, passion, commitment, ideas and concepts of the Indonesian art world.
With this initiative, ART STAGE Jakarta intends to foster and support the local art scene, while also increasing its level of seriousness and professionalism. The award acknowledges both the young and the established artists and curators. The Gala Award Ceremony took place at the grand auditorium of the Institut Francais d’indonesie. Winners were awarded with a trophy specially created by Indonesian artist Handiwirman Saputra.
The Art Fair
This year’s art fair featured 60 galleries from around the world, a significant increase from last year’s 50. Of the participating galleries, 24 were from Indonesia, while the remaining 36 came from all over the world. In addition to returning galleries, a number of renowned
galleries made their debut in Indonesia. Some of these galleries included Arario Gallery from Korea, Tomio Koyama Gallery from Japan, Parkview Art from Hong Kong, and many more.
Ir. Ciputra, one of Indonesia’s most respected art collectors, had this to say about ART STAGE Jakarta: “ART STAGE Jakarta, as a new art destination in Indonesia, provides a deeper experience of visual art. Its influence will be immense for the world of Indonesian art because through ART STAGE Jakarta, Indonesian art will grow internationally.”
ART STAGE Jakarta 2017 went beyond the fairground at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City hotel. The atrium of Gandaria City Mall became home to a new section called The Art Square. A total of 27 exhibitors, including art institutions, young galleries, education centres, and non-profit groups, got the opportunity to be part of an international art fair. This is a crucial step in bringing the Indonesian art ecosystem to the global stage.
‘ Off the Wall: Europe – ASEAN’ The spread of graffiti as an art form and way of life has grown exponentially with the development of the Internet. Artists are now able to share their art with a much larger audience and at a much higher pace through social media. ART STAGE Jakarta 2017 put a spotlight on urban and street art with a special exhibition: “Off the Wall – Europe Meets ASEAN”. Artists from the two regions came together to present innovative urban art that has added vibrancy and life to urban regions around the world. Artists Farhan Siki and Chekos Art debuted their collaborative piece that measures four-by-two metres at the fair.