Art And Design

  • ‘No Country’: Common borders in contemporary art

    A contemporary art exhibition is exploring the intertwined histories of nations in South and Southeast Asia and the dynamic relations that challenge typical definitions of the regions.

  • From Java to the world

    Wayang puppet maker Mulyono of Gunungan art workshop has expanded his mastery in the Javanese-style art by creating gunungan, or mountain symbols seen in wayang shows, with batik-style carvings from Pekalongan, Central Java.

  • Paris Art Fair

    Chinese artist Li Wei performs in the Grand Palais during the Paris Art Fair, in Paris, on Thursday. Art Paris Art Fair, which runs from the 27th to the 30th of March 2014, brings together some 140 galleries from 20 countries under the dome of the Grand Palais. (AP/Thibault Camus)

  • Batik with an Italian touch

    Batik is moving to a new level.

    One of Italy’s oldest fashion schools, Koefia, has not only included batik fashion in its curriculum, but has also paraded its stylish designs on the catwalk.

  • Mahendra Yasa’s leap from the ordinary

    Painter Gede Mahendra Yasa rarely included Balinese elements in his previous works because he preferred the Western contemporary style.

  • Sculptors make their mark near Borobudur

    In the hamlet of Prumpung in Muntilan, Central Java, several hundred people make their living as sculptors. The craft is traditional: They claim to be the direct descendants those who built Borobudur temple, which lies about 12 kilometers away.

  • Duck men of Tengkulak

    As a youngster growing up in the wood carving village of Tengkulak on Ubud’s outskirts, Ngurah Umum learned to sculpt the masks needed in religious dances.

  • Decoding batik

    To know batik better, especially why premium batik cloth can cost millions of rupiah for a cloth measuring around 1 by 1.5 meters, the first thing is to recognize the definition of batik.

  • From trash to glittering jewelry

    The sounds of hammers and saws emerge from a house in Malang, East Java, blending with music in the background. Inside, four workers craft silver jewelry.

  • GOLD, GLOWING DRESSES of the night

    Three fashion designers — Anne Avantie, Priyo Oktaviano and Dian Pelangi — recently shared their artistic interpretation of traditional fabric.

  • The art of quilt-making: Memories, stitched together

    In Cipete, an affluent neighborhood in South Jakarta, the women of the Cipete Quilt Community have invented various quilt patterns, not only for blankets but also for pillow cases, tablecloths and to praying mats.

  • Tricks today truth tomorrow

    The 2013 Salihara-Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry National Competition for Three-Dimensional Works was finalized in November and the winners, along with the finalists, now have their works on display at the Salihara Gallery in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, following the grand opening on Saturday of an exhibition titled “In Between”.

  • Somber visuals of the fall of civilizations

    A prominent German photography agency has collaborated with a local news agency as part of a touring photography exhibition that puts a focus on cities, their inhabitants and urbanization.

  • The Year of the Horse: A sanctuary for men

    Interior designer Santi Alaysius says horses are strong, stable and have a better ability to make decisions.

    For her, the sign is quite close to masculinity, hence a rustic and down-to-earth style is a perfect match to balance wooden horses’ structured and tailored sides.

  • Maestro! Maestro!: Dancing across age, space boundaries

    The three dance maestros are no longer young but they seem undaunted by the tight schedules ahead.

  • ‘Ulos Pangait ni Holong' preserving centuries-old treasure

    Traditional cloth collector Torang Sitorus showcased some of his best ulos traditional Batak cloth pieced from his collection with the hope of igniting curiosity and care for the Indonesian traditional fabric.

  • All the same at heart

    The eyes of Wayan Sukarmen light up as he follows the directions of his dance teacher.

    The 15-year-old tenses his arms with the extreme gestures of Balinese dance, straining to achieve the precise finger movements practiced over centuries.

  • Food Photography: More than meets the eye

    What many people are unaware of is that these photos take hours to make — with the help of a food stylist.

  • Wood of Art

    Talented craftsmen have flooded Bali with their meticulous works, making it renowned as the home of wonderful crafts.

  • Yearender: World artists, biopics mark 2013 art scene

    Ada gula ada semut is an old Indonesian proverb, but “where there’s sugar, there’s ants” also describes the concert scene in the capital this year — as least as far as the international artists who descended on Jakarta in 2013 were concerned.