Art Cap­i­tal

ART STAGE Jakarta re­turns big­ger, bet­ter and with even more art

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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 Week

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 Square

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.

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