Over the past year, I had the pleasure of visiting many artists in the de facto art capital of Indonesia – Yogyakarta. I encountered a vibrant and diverse artist community creating outstanding work that are geared increasingly to an international audience and yet firmly rooted in their distinct culture.
My excitement towards Indonesian contemporary art is shared by both the local and international art community. The booming art industry is spurred by the strong domestic economic growth with The Economist predicting the country’s GDP surpassing that of the U.K. by 2030. With affluence has come a desire on the part of the growing middle class to acquire art. Demand has pushed up prices, which in turn has precipitated investment in the local gallery and auction infrastructure. Sotheby’s and Christie’s have representatives in Jakarta, as does Gagosian Gallery. In 2013, Art Stage Singapore created a dedicated Indonesian Art Pavilion.
Over next two months, we will present several Indonesian artists at LWH Gallery, Shanghai. The curated pieces were selected to give visitors a glimpse of the diverse range of painting styles and models, but more importantly it offers one an introduction to the broad range of topics and issues that are the engaging the mind and soul of the Indonesian artistic community.
Come join us in this art journey into the soul of Indonesia.