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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.

  • 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.

  • 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”.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The five mountains descend on Jakarta, bearing art

    Six communities from five famous mountains in Central Java recently descended upon Jakarta, bringing art to a six-day event of exhibitions, performances and talks at Bentara Budaya in Central Jakarta.

  • Biennale aims to inspire innovation in RI’s design and craft

    The first Indonesia Design and Craft Biennale 2013 at the National Gallery presents more than 100 works by Indonesian designers and artists, showcasing a wide array of styles, ideas and aesthetic tastes.

  • Looking through the lens at Paris Photo

    At this year’s iteration of the Paris Photo, a division was apparent between the contemporary artists, who used the international art show to sell their work, and “pure” photographers.

  • A ‘quiet story’ of Alzheimer’s disease in Kemang

    What happens when our memories are taken from us, slowly, piece by piece, until there is nothing but emptiness?

    Alzheimer’s disease, first described in 1906, is the most common cause of dementia, affecting more than 6 billion people in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Making a mark across Indonesia

    The recently concluded Indonesian Street Art Database (ISAD) Festival was a display of important archives and documentaries about graffiti, murals and tagging on the streets of 12 cities across Indonesia.

  • Of ‘noken’ & ‘koteka’ in Timika

    Last December, UNESCO added a unique Papuan handicraft to its list of cultural heritage objects: The noken, a traditional bag made from woven or knotted bark used for carrying things ranging from groceries to babies.

  • Shades of the New Order in The Hague

    The painter Maryanto has kept busy in his two years at Amsterdam’s Art Academy, with several acclaimed exhibitions under his belt as he concludes a residency.

  • Indonesia makes artistic mark in Venice

    Indonesia reached a milestone this year at the one of the world’s most important art events, which is officially known as 55 Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte entitled Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), with the establishment of its first official pavilion at the 110-year-old biennial exhibition.