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Lacking art conservators, can Indonesia preserve its cultural heritage?

Medina Rahma Putri

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, August 26, 2019  /  05:10 pm
Lacking art conservators, can Indonesia preserve its cultural heritage?

A painting by late Yogyakartan artist Sapto Hudoyo (Rachmat Budiman/-)

The paintings, statues and installations at the Lini Transisi (Transition Line) exhibition in the National Gallery of Indonesia inspire a strong sense of nationalism. The exhibition, which runs throughout the month of August, showcases works by 40 Indonesian artists created between the 1950s and 1980s, when Indonesia was still a young nation. Some paintings, like S. Sudjodjono’s Aku Cinta Padamu, Tanah Airku (I Love You, My Homeland), captures the artist’s love for his nation. Other works offer a glimpse into the socio-cultural shifts in the first decades after Indonesia’s independence.  The artworks come from five government institutions – including the Foreign Ministry and the Central Bank Museum – that lent some of their collections for the exhibition. More than just showing nationalism and Indonesia’s artistic achievements, Lini Tr...