The Jakarta Post
A visitor looks at a work of art at the 2017 Art Stage Jakarta exhibition. (JP/Seto Wardhana)
Art Stage Jakarta has announced that it will put off its art fair, initially planned for September this year, to August next year.
Recent security incidents in Indonesia, along with two important occasions the country will be hosting – the Asian Games and the presidential election, are cited as the reasons behind the change of schedule.
Art Stage Jakarta is renowned for its showcase of the dynamic contemporary art scene in the region.
The three-day fair, now planned to be held from Aug. 2 to 4 next year at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City in South Jakarta, was first held in Jakarta in 2016 with the aim to bridge Indonesian and international art work and markets.
The fair’s founder and president, Lorenzo Rudolf, said in a statement on Friday that this year Indonesia would be marking two monumental occasions, including the 2018 Asian Games, which run from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2, and the event’s magnitude may affect the national customs system, causing possible additional constraints.
The campaign period for next year’s presidential election, he added, was also scheduled to run from this year until April 13, 2019.
“Due to the significance of the election for the future direction and development of the country, uncertainties in the market may be observed during this period,” Rudolf said.
“In 2019, Indonesia will be stronger and more stable than ever. We will then be able to guarantee the next successful step for Art Stage Jakarta – an internationally important art event that is more exciting, more vibrant and more unique than ever before,” said Rudolf. (ste/evi)