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Jakarta Post

Getting to know Sudjojono

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Thu, April 11 2013   /  01:25 pm

Century: Former education and culture minster Wardiman Djojonegoro (second left) speaks with the head of the Jakarta History Museum, Enny Prihantini (second right) after a press conference to discuss painter Sudjojono’s centennial celebrations. (JP/P.J. Leo)The painting of the battle between the king of Mataram, Sultan Agung, and Jan Pieterszoon Coen (JP Coen) the governor-general of the VOC in Batavia, now Jakarta, has decorated the Jakarta History Museum in Old Town, West Jakarta, since 1974.

Painted 40 years ago by Indonesia’s maestro painter S. Sudjojono, the painting in the Sultan Agung room still looks like new. But before 2008, the painting was damaged.

“Some parts of the painting were damaged due to the humidity, dust and other things,” said Enny Prihantini, the museum’s head, during a press conference at the centennial celebration of Sudjojono on Tuesday...