The Jakarta Post
A cultural exchange art exhibition focusing on Indonesia and Japan has opened on Wednesday at Galeri 678 Kemang in South Jakarta.
Paintings, sculptures and photos from 24 Indonesian and 16 Japanese artists will be displayed at the gallery until Nov. 7, including a painting called Kwan Im Goddess from Kartika Affandi, the daughter of Indonesia's painting maestro Affandi, who remains a prolific painter even at the age of 80.
In addition to Kartika, Japanese and Indonesian artists who participated in the exhibition include Aoki Kazuo, Fujishima Takako, Hagiwara Katunori, Ikukantei Syare, Ito Yoshiko, Sakai Toshimitu, Moelyoto, Eric Pradana, Rumini Yusup Affandi, Ery Arismunandar, Johnni Bogi, Budi Prawira Arinardi and Liana Unidjaja.
Initiated by the Society for the Study of Indonesian Arts (SSIA), the exhibition was established in Japan in 1977 by Tsunesuke Masuko and in Indonesia by Sudaryono Sudarso and Titis Jabaruddin. In order to tighten connections between the two countries, it is annually held in Indonesia as well as Japan.
'Arts and cultural exchange play an important role to bridging cultural differences between Indonesia and Japan,' said SSIA Japan chairman Masahiro during his speech at the event's opening ceremony. (kes)(+)
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