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Celebrating Hadiprana, a lifelong devotee to the world of arts

Agus Dermawan T.

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Sun, June 9, 2019  /  05:13 pm
Celebrating Hadiprana, a lifelong devotee to the world of arts

Hendra Hadiprana (1929-2018). (-/Agus Dermawan T.)

In Indonesia, not many have the devotion and dedication to contribute to the arts scene like architect Hendra Hadiprana. Born Hoo Tjoe Heng, Hadiprana received a Lifetime Achievement honor from KOHLER Bold Design Awards on March 8, the first ever granted to an Indonesian. Sadly, the award was posthumously conferred because Hadiprana died on Dec. 20, 2018, at the age of 89. Hadiprana was a graduate of Groningen’s Academie Minerva Afdeling Architektuur in the Netherlands. He started his career in Indonesia in 1957 and his works always assimilated western and eastern architectural features in an intimate tropical atmosphere, combined with distinctive traditional Indonesian nuances. He also initiated the use of ancient Greek-style pillars for building facades for two decades beginning from 1970. Old times: Hadiprana (second left) at his gallery in 1970. (-/Agus Dermawa...