Fe­nessa Adikoe­soemo

On the cut­ting edge

Prestige Indonesia - - Sulwhasoo -

BUSI­NESS LEADER Haryanto Adikoe­soemo and his daugh­ter Fe­nessa Adikoe­soemo have been dream­ing of cre­at­ing an art mu­seum of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in the coun­try for over 10 years. A few years later, the idea for Mu­seum MACAN (Mu­seum of Mod­ern and Con­tem­po­rary Art in Nu­san­tara), In­done­sia’s first con­tem­po­rary and mod­ern art mu­seum, was born. The start­ing point for the Mu­seum was Adikoe­soemo’s ex­ten­sive pri­vate art col­lec­tion, which he started build­ing in 1990.

“We set up the Mu­seum MACAN Foun­da­tion to pro­mote art ed­u­ca­tion in In­done­sia. Our first ini­tia­tive is the mu­seum open­ing,” Fe­nessa, who is a Chair­woman of the Foun­da­tion, says. “We want to pro­mote art ap­pre­ci­a­tion in In­done­sia, help cre­ate a bet­ter lo­cal arts ecosys­tem and build an in­fras­truc­ture for the art­works.”

Fe­nessa’s main role in the Mu­seum, which is due to open in Novem­ber, is to over­see the pro­grammes with the Mu­seum Di­rec­tor Aaron Seeto, for­merly a Cu­ra­to­rial Man­ager of Asian and Pa­cific Art at Queens­land Art Gallery | Gallery of Mod­ern Art in Brisbane, Aus­tralia. Seeto joined the team in 2016, suc­ceed­ing the Mu­seum’s former Di­rec­tor Thomas Berghuis. On a daily ba­sis, Fe­nessa helps the or­gan­i­sa­tion with poli­cies, fi­nan­cial and le­gal mat­ters. “We’re a very small team at the mo­ment,” she adds. Dur­ing the sec­ond lo­cal pre­view of the Mu­seum – First Sight II, which hap­pened in Septem­ber, Fe­nessa was hands-on – do­ing in­ter­views, check­ing on live so­cial me­dia post­ings and host­ing guests.

The two-day pre­view at the Mu­seum’s West Jakarta venue, at­tended by over 1,500 peo­ple on the first day, fea­tured live per­for­mances from Arah­ma­iani, Duto Har­dono, Mella Jaarsma and Xu Zhen. At the after-party, the Aus­tralian gen­der-bend­ing artist Justin Shoul­der de­liv­ered a bone-chill­ing per­for­mance.

The in­au­gu­ral ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture a se­lec­tion of around 800 art­works, in­clud­ing pieces by In­done­sia’s Sud­jo­jono and Amer­ica’s Jeff Koons. Be­sides, there will be an art space for chil­dren, done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with En­tang Wi­harso.

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