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Jakarta Post

Art under the volcano

  • Munarsih Sahana


Yogyakarta   /   Sat, June 19 2010   /  12:07 pm

Any mention of volcanoes is likely to conjure images of disaster and tragedy. Take for instance the explosion of Krakatoa, a volcano located between Java and Sumatra, which killed at least 40,000 people in 1883. Or the recent eruption of the long-forgotten Eyjafjalla in Iceland, which caused mayhem across the world's airline industry. The volcano's negative image hasn't stopped some of the world's most prominent artists from highlighting its beauty. Art works of both paintings and installations on Yogyakarta's Merapi Volcano, one of the 16 most dangerous volcanoes in the world, are currently on display at an exhibition "Art Under The Volcano" in Affandy museum on the banks of Gajah Wong River in Yogyakarta until Sunday, June 20. The art was created by artists from Indonesia, Italy, The Netherlands and Japan, who participated in the sixth symposium organized by World A...