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Museum MACAN kicks off 2020 program with Melati Suryodarmo, Julian Rosefeldt

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, February 6, 2020  /  12:33 pm
Museum MACAN kicks off 2020 program with Melati Suryodarmo, Julian Rosefeldt

Many faces: “Manifesto” from German artist Julian Rosefeldt. (-/Nicolas Brasseur)

Jakarta’s Museum MACAN has launched its 2020 exhibition program in a bid to strengthen contemporary art in Indonesia.

The program, featuring works by leading artists from Indonesia and Germany, Melati Suryodarmo and Julian Rosefelt, from Feb. 28 to May 31 will allow audiences to appreciate and discuss new forms of contemporary art.

Melati's Why Let the Chicken Run? and Rosefeldt’s Manifesto will highlight the importance of video and performance as specially trained artists perform daily during the 13-week exhibition; depicting for their audiences a different element of each artist's practice. 

“Performance art and video art are cornerstones of contemporary art practice, and we are proud to present these two important and influential artists to Indonesian audiences," Museum MACAN director Aaron Seeto said in a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Aaron also said the museum hoped that developing and presenting ideas from globally relevant artists would allow audiences to appreciate new forms of practice and plug into worldwide conversations about contemporary art.

Indonesia-based artist Melati will perform some of her best-known pieces in her first solo exhibition in a museum. Why let the Chicken Run? will showcase 20 years of her work, including some of the artist's most physically challenging work.

“Performance art has become an important part of contemporary art. I’m proud to be part of the bigger conversation around performance art and its role within today’s society,” she said.

Also launching and making its Indonesian premiere is Rosefeldt’s Manifesto, a 13-screen multimedia installation featuring Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett. In order to amplify the piece’s relevance for Indonesian audiences, MACAN has introduced an interactive education program, allowing visitors to create their own “manifesto”. (mad/kes)


Perupa asal Jerman ini dikenal dengan karya seni gambar bergerak (moving-image) yang megah secara visual, dikoreografikan secara cermat, dan sering disajikan sebagai instalasi multi-layar yang kompleks. Karya multimedia 13 layar ‘Manifesto’ oleh Julian Rosefeldt akan hadir untuk pertama kalinya di Indonesia. ‘Manifesto’ hadir di Museum MACAN 28 Februari–31 Mei 2020. — This renowned German artist is best known for his visually opulent and meticulously choreographed moving-image artworks, mostly presented as complex multi-screen installations. ‘Manifesto’ by Julian Rosefeldt will be presented for the first time in Indonesia at Museum MACAN 28 February–31 May 2020. Julian Rosefeldt © 2017 Veronica Bures. #MuseumMACAN #JulianRosefeldt #MACANxJulianRosefeldt

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