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Jakarta Post

Helena Spanjaard: Highlighting hidden masterpieces

  • Trisha Sertori


Gianyar   /   Thu, October 30 2008   /  10:28 am

HELENA SPANJAARD: (JP/J.B. Djwan) The Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java could be a magnificent National Museum of Modern Art with "the Sukarno collection as its crowning jewel". At least that is the opinion of leading Indonesian art historian and author of Indonesian Odyssey (Equinox Publishing, Asia), Helena Spanjaard, who spoke with The Jakarta Post prior to the recent launch of her book at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali. Indonesian Odyssey opens doors into 21 of Indonesia's finest private collections of modern and contemporary Indonesian paintings. And while it is a blessing that the nation's private collectors are ensuring some of the most important paintings of the past century remain on Indonesian soil -- and have generously allowed them to be housed in the book -- these are works that should be seen by the public. I...