CAPITALCORNER ART FOR EVERYONE
A visit to Art:1, a contemporary museum
Finding modern artworks in Jakarta is pretty easy, yet to find the high-quality ones you need to really search. One of the places to see high-quality art is Art:1 Museum, an artsy destination in Gunung Sahari in Central Jakarta that actively exhibits quality contemporary art pieces that everyone can enjoy – the name of “Art:1” refers to their commitment to present art for everyone.
The museum is actually the new concept of Mon Décor Gallery that has been running for almost 30 years. Mon Décor is the first fine art gallery and one of the pioneers of the gallery business in Jakarta. In October 2011, the gallery founded Art:1 Museum, not only as the symbol of their success story, but also to educate the community about Indonesian art history.
ALL THE ARTWORKS
During my recent visit to the museum one fine day, I could see this artsy venue embraces the concept of presenting quality artworks to the community really well. Here, visitors may not find artistic architecture in Victorian or colonial style, but a modern minimalist building that makes the place feel more like a house rather than a museum or a gallery.
Even before the entrance, a unique artwork is on display, depicting workers on a construction site outside the building. Titled “Titik Jeda” (The Crossing Point), this artwork created by Indonesian artist Sunaryo symbolizes that art never stops growing; it always follows human life. Once inside the gallery, right after passing the
ticket box, I could see that this museum is different from others as the artworks displayed are not only about beautiful women in paintings or sculptures. It also exhibits a compressed VW Beetle, courtesy of Jakarta-born artist Ichwan Noor that makes an attractive and eye-catching welcome.
Aside from displaying a number of artworks made in Indonesia from various eras, Art:1 also often hosts art-related events. For instance, during my visit, the “Animamix Biennale 2017” exhibition took place on the first and second floor of the museum. The exhibition presented unique contemporary creations by international artists –
some of the artworks displayed were painted sport shoes, kimonos, and even some arranged light bulbs that form an expressive word.
The museum’s permanent collections are on the third floor where a room named “New Museum” is nestled, showcasing classic collections. As soon as I walked into this room, my eyes were attracted by a bronze sculpture of Borobudur Temple. Made by Balinese artist Nyoman Nuarta, this miniature of Borobudur Temple sits right at the center of “New Museum” room, making it the center of attention for every visitor. Another room on the third floor is home to the works of Jakarta-born artist Heri Dono, such as The Flying of Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX and Female Flying Angels, both are the museum’s private collections.
Not many visitors come to see Art:1 Museum on the weekdays, so I could cherish my visit and take my time to really enjoy each art piece without being crowded by other people – and better yet, I didn’t have to wait for anyone to take a selfie in front of the installation.
The museum admission fee is more expensive than other museums in Jakarta, ranging from Rp. 75,000 to Rp. 150,000. However, I personally think that the price is worth the experience of exploring high quality modern and contemporary artworks in Indonesia. And at the end of my visit, I believe I have a new understanding about art. Indeed, Art:1 Museum does not only give me a new point of view to see art but also provides me with more insights and ideas to appreciate and learn more about artistic works by Indonesian artists who are also popular globally.
Art:1 New Museum Jalan Rajawali Selatan Raya No. 3, Jakarta, (021) 6470-0168 www.mondecor.com
Art:1 Museum boasts amazing contemporary artworks.
“Titik Jeda” (The Crossing Point) is displayed near the entrance.