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Museum MACAN announces exhibition lineup for 2020

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, December 30, 2019  /  05:32 pm
Museum MACAN announces exhibition lineup for 2020

'Manifesto' (2015) by Julian Rosefeldt, displayed at Ecole des Beaux Art de Paris, 2017. (Nicolas Brasseur/File)

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN) in West Jakarta has announced its exhibition line-up for 2020.

The museum is to host at least four exhibitions by local and international artists next year, showcasing paintings, sculpture, multi-screened videos, mixed-media installations and performance arts.

“What we aspire to achieve through the program is to provide our audiences exposure to relevant and exciting art experiences – whether that is the first major institutional survey exhibition of an Indonesian artist, or the premiere presentation of a significant international work to Indonesian and Southeast Asian audiences," said Museum MACAN director Aaron Seeto in a press release received by The Jakarta Post.

The first among these is Manifesto by German filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt, which will be held from February to May. The exhibition is to feature a movie by the same title, starring Cate Blanchett in 12 different roles, performing artist manifestos from the 20th century, displayed on 13 screens.

Manifesto is presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, marking museum-to-museum partnerships across the region.

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Ale Lino (2003) by Melati Suryodarmo.Ale Lino (2003) by Melati Suryodarmo. (Courtesy of Melati Suryodarmo/File)

In February, Museum MACAN is also to feature "Why Let The Chicken Run?", the first museum survey exhibition by contemporary Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo. The exhibition is to showcase performance arts that explore the body, influenced by the arts tradition in the artist's hometown of Surakarta in Central Java, as well as her time studying in Germany under iconic performance artist Marina Abramovic and Butoh dancer/choreographer Anzu Furukawa.

The live performances range from 15 minutes to 12 hours and are scheduled for 13 weeks.

Self-Portrait as Politician (2019) by Agus Suwage.Self-Portrait as Politician (2019) by Agus Suwage. (Courtesy of Agus Suwage/File)

Agus Suwage’s survey exhibition "Theatre of Me" is to run from July to October. Known for his witty approach toward contemporary societal issues, Agus is to show his works from the 1980s, which include self-portraits, paintings, sculpture and installations.

'Uncertain Journey' (2016/2019) by Chiharu Shiota, a part of the The Soul Trembles exhibition at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019.'Uncertain Journey' (2016/2019) by Chiharu Shiota, a part of the The Soul Trembles exhibition at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019. (Mori Art Museum/Sunhi Mang)

From November to February 2021, Museum MACAN is to be home to Chiharu Shiota’s biggest solo show to date, presenting more than 100 works, including six large installations. "The Soul Trembles" exhibition, featured by Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, is on tour throughout the Asia-Pacific.

Chiharu Shiota was born in Osaka. She lives and works in Berlin, focusing on human existence, as well as life, death and relationships.

Melati and Agus are not new figures for Museum MACAN, as Melati had been involved in the museum's opening exhibition in 2017 and Agus in "Dunia Dalam Berita", which ran earlier this year.

Currently, Museum MACAN is showing “Xu Bing: Thought and Method”, which is to run until Jan. 20 next year. (dev/kes)

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