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In Memoriam: Jeihan, he has gone home

  • Ady Nugeraha

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 7 2019   /  02:06 am
Jeihan’s Aku (Me, 1963), oil on canvas. Collection of Museum MACAN (Courtesy of Museum MACAN)

Jeihan’s Aku (Me, 1963), oil on canvas. Collection of Museum MACAN (Courtesy of Museum MACAN)Indonesian artist and poet Jeihan Sukmantoro spontaneously composed a poem during a talk at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN) in April. The poem hints that he was ready for his passing.Hari terangHati tenangBurung terbangBunga kembangAku pulang(The day is bright; The heart is calm; A bird flies; A flower blooms; I am going home)Indonesian artist and poet Jeihan Sukmantoro spontaneously composed the above poem during a talk at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN) in April this year.Jeihan passed away at his studio in Bandung, West Java, on Nov. 29 at the age of 81. The poem hints that he was ready for his passing.Born in the Central Java town Surakarta on Sept. 26, 1938, the artist began his career in 1953 at the Surakarta Cultural...