The Jakarta Post
People who spent their childhood in the 1980s probably still have fond memories of Tino Sidin, a man who, at that time, taught children to paint through a television program called Gemar Menggambar (I Love to Paint) on national television channel TVRI.
Those memories will linger even longer as Culture and Education Minister Muhadjir Effendy inaugurated the Tino Sidin Museum on Thursday.
Located in Tino’s house in Kadipiro, in Yogyakarta’s Bantul regency, the museum exhibits dozens of documentary archives, photos and videos of Gemar Menggambar, as well as original paintings and other memorabilia of Tino, who died in 1995.
“The museum is aimed at inspiring our children to keep painting, just like Tino did in the past,” Muhadjir said.
One of the most memorable relics, Tino’s youngest daughter Panca Takariyati said, is a note citing Tino’s debt to the late president Soeharto. Dated Nov. 20, 1981, the note states the amount was Rp 7 million (US$516).
"My dad used the money to build this house, which now has become a museum to reminisce his glory,” said Panca, who was grateful to have had a diligent dad who loved to keep various precious documents and objects from his activities.
Yuswantoro Adi, a painter from Yogyakarta, said he was lucky to have grown up watching Tino’s TV show. He said Tino was able to encourage children to express their potential without having to force them to paint.
"Tino inspired us all to be creative," he said. (vla/ipa)