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A new art gallery to call its own

  • Azizah Seise

    Contributor

Magelang   /   Fri, January 23 2009   /  02:44 pm

The busy town of Magelang in Central Java tends to be best known for its businesses, green spaces and fresh air. It is also known to be a city of art collectors, Oei Hong Djien being the most famous of them. Yet, apart from the wealthy businessmen who, with their taste for art, gobble up works from around the country, Magelang cannot really be called an art town, especially if compared with Yogyakarta or Bandung. Indeed, until this week, The Langgeng Galeri was Magelang's sole art space. The grand opening of the Syang Art Space on Jan. 18 sent ripples through the city's art scene. L. Ridwan Muljosudarmo, one of Magelang's many art colletors, felt Magelang needed a new gallery to raise its artistic senses. "I had to give my love and passion for contemporary Indonesian fine art a new form. Just collecting was not enough anymore," Ridwan says....