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Jakarta Post

First Sumatra Biennale, a self-discovery of fine art

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 8 2013   /  12:06 pm

Nothing Voice Nothing Word II, Zirwen Hazry, acrylic on canvas.The inaugural Sumatra Biennale of fine arts, the first major event of its kind in Indonesia outside Java or Bali, was the main highlight at the Exhibition Hall of the West Sumatra Cultural Center on Jl. Diponegoro in Padang from Dec. 5, 2012 to Jan. 5, 2013.

With biennales already taking place in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Bali, the all-Sumatra display indeed aroused the curiosity of fine art enthusiasts for the region’s prominent artists, their major works and the process of selection.

However, this biennale was quite promising as an initial step of self-discovery of Sumatra’s contemporary works, which are regarded as part of and adding more color to Indonesia’s fine art treasure.Dua Sejoli Two at the helm), Bambang Soekarno, felt-pen on canvas.

Suwarno Wisetrotomo, a fine art observer from ...