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Art Jakarta moves to larger venue, to feature more galleries

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, July 4, 2019  /  03:41 pm
Art Jakarta moves to larger venue, to feature more galleries

Art Carpets designed by Indonesian artists for the 2018 Art Jakarta. (JP/Muthi Kautsar)

The 2019 Art Jakarta is slated to run from on Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.

This year's return of Art Jakarta marks its debut in a new venue, the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

Tom Tandio, director of Art Jakarta, said in a media gathering on Tuesday that presentation-wise, the event would appear more attractive in the 6,000-square-meter space of the JCC.

He went on to say that the previous venue of Art Jakarta had limited space, hence several tenants could only occupy 12-to 18-sqm booths.

“[This year], the smaller booth will be around 25 sqm,” he said.

In addition to a larger space, the 2019 Art Jakarta will also showcase more galleries.

“We will have 70 galleries,” Tom said, compared to last year's 52 galleries.

Among the 70 galleries are Arario Gallery from South Korea, Mizuma Gallery from Japan, Galerie Ovo from Taiwan as well as Indonesia-based galleries such as Nadi Gallery, Semarang Gallery and Can’s Gallery.

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Curator Enin Supriyanto said the upcoming Art Jakarta would offer various programs for all ages.

“We have a program called Art Jakarta Play,” said Enin, adding that it was a coloration with Eko Nugroho Art Class.

He explained further that Art Jakarta Play aimed to introduce children and teens to the creative process based on fine arts through workshops.

As for young art enthusiasts, the event is set to promote the Art Jakarta Scene as a crossover program between fine arts and designs.

A variety of merchandises will also be available for purchase during Art Jakarta, including tote bags and T-shirts from Daging Tumbuh (DGTMB), SRW by Bandung-based artist Syagini, Ruang Usaha Kreatif (RUX) and more.

Meanwhile, art talks, which has become a signature of the event, will still take place this year. Among many art talks to be presented is one themed, From Private Collection to Public Museum.

Tom said many museums are opening in China.

“They're now called ghost museums because they're [empty].”

He added that the trend had started in Southeast Asia. Therefore, the speakers invited to the talk will discuss various topics around the issue, such as art ownership or whether a collector should build a museum. (mut)