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Jakarta’s new modern art museum to spotlight Indonesian and international artists

Indonesia’s first international calibre modern art museum is scheduled to open its doors in Jakarta this November. Located in a multi-purpose tower in the west of the capital, the 4000-square-metre Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN) will feature a series of galleries, as well as an indoor sculpture garden and audio-visual room.

To give art enthusiasts a sneak peek at all that’s to come once it’s officially open, the museum has been hosting a series of events showcasing Indonesian and international artists called MACAN First Sight since mid-August.

A painting by Sudjana Kerton called “Akibat Pemboman di Lengkong Besar Bandung, 1945” 1979, which will on display at the museum. Image by Museum MACAN on Facebook

Slated for November, the museum’s inaugural exhibition will showcase around 90 works from the private collection of the venue’s founder and businessman Haryanto Adikoesoemo, who has gathered over 800 artworks over the past 25 years. Some of the more notable names in the collection include Indonesians such as Affandi, Raden Saleh and Heri Dono, and international artists including Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol and Anish Kapoor.

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‘I want the Museum MACAN to develop and advance the understanding of Indonesians about art and the appreciation of art,’ Adikoesoemo told the New York Times. ‘I also want this museum to help cross-pollinate exchanges with Indonesia and the world, to provide a platform for Indonesian art internationally and to bring international art to Indonesia.’

The museum’s opening has been scheduled to coincide with two of Indonesia’s notable contemporary art exhibitions, Jakarta Biennale on 4 November and Biennale Jogja, in the city of Yogyakarta, on 2 November.

By Anita Surewicz