A Cen­tury of Art

In­done­sia Tatler speaks to Rina Cipu­tra Sas­traw­inata about the up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of Dr (HC) Ir. Cipu­tra's pri­vate art col­lec­tion

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Cel­e­brat­ing 100 years of Hen­dra Gu­nawan, one of In­done­sia’s most prom­i­nent mod­ern art masters, Cipu­tra Art­preneur will show­case Dr (HC) Ir. Cipu­tra’s largest pri­vate col­lec­tion to the pub­lic. Through this ex­hi­bi­tion, Mr Cipu­tra’s col­lec­tion will be a re­flec­tion of his con­trib­u­tors to In­done­sia's art scene. The event will be open to pub­lic from Au­gust 5-16, 2018.What are the qual­i­ties in Hen­dra Gu­nawan’s paint­ings that at­tracted Mr Cipu­tra to buy them and make the work of arts by Hen­dra his main col­lec­tion?

Hen­dra Gu­nawan’s paint­ings pos­sess sev­eral qual­i­ties, which cap­ti­vated Mr Ir. Cipu­tra over the years. Hen­dra was an artist im­bued with a na­tion­al­ist spirit, with In­done­sia as his most trea­sured moth­er­land. This qual­ity of his is strongly re­flected in his paint­ings through his por­trayal of or­di­nary, hard­work­ing In­done­sians, al­ways in ac­tiv­ity. He por­trays them as farm­ers, mar­ket stall­hold­ers, as mothers look­ing af­ter chil­dren, as hus­bands and wives toil­ing in the fields to­gether, peo­ple danc­ing or at play.

His pas­sion for In­done­sia is also seen in his land­scape paint­ings, de­pict­ing the beauty and rich­ness of the land. Mr Cipu­tra shares Hen­dra Gu­nawan’s deep love of In­done­sia and be­cause of this he strongly iden­ti­fies with Hen­dra’s paint­ings. The ac­tiv­ity, spon­tane­ity, and en­ergy de­picted in Hen­dra’s works also res­onate strongly with Mr Cipu­tra, who is a man who is al­ways ac­tive and dy­namic. He is con­stantly in­no­vat­ing to im­prove him­self and to keep up with the times. The en­ergy and bursts of colour in Hen­dra’s works cap­ture this very spirit.

Tell us briefly how, when, and where the first en­counter be­tween Mr Cipu­tra and Hen­dra’s paint­ings hap­pened

Mr Cipu­tra first en­coun­tered one of Hen­dra Gu­nawan’s paint­ings in 1962 at the home of his aunt. It was love at first sight. As an ar­chi­tect, Mr Cipu­tra had a keen eye for spa­tial de­sign and de­sign in gen­eral. Upon look­ing at Hen­dra’s paint­ing, he re­alised that Hen­dra Gu­nawan had mas­tered com­po­si­tion, pro­por­tion, and the use of colour.

Among the bun­dle of art­works by Hen­dra in the col­lec­tion of Mr Cipu­tra, please name three he likes best and the rea­sons be­hind this

Pangeran Dipone­goro Ter­luka: This paint­ing is a favourite be­cause it de­picts the spirit and strength of a war­rior who is will­ing to go into bat­tle and sac­ri­fice him­self in defence of his beloved land, In­done­sia.

An­other favourite paint­ing is Ar­juna Menyusui. This paint­ing puts across hu­man­ist el­e­ments as it shows the hus­tle and bus­tle of prepa­ra­tions be­fore a per­for­mance of wayang orang.

Pen­gor­banan Ibu is also a favourite be­cause it tells the story of a group of mothers try­ing to flee the rain as they make their way to the mar­ket to sell their chick­ens.

Will there be an­other grand paint­ing ex­hi­bi­tion next year at Cipu­tra Art­preneur?

We are cur­rently amid plan­ning our ex­hi­bi­tion pro­gramme for next year. There will cer­tainly be some ex­cit­ing new ex­hi­bi­tions in the pipe­line, so stay tuned!

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