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Jakarta Post

First in SE Asia: Art Jakarta fair goes completely virtual

  • Carla Bianpoen


Jakarta   /   Wed, October 28 2020   /  01:00 am
'In a Landscape' (charcoal on paper) by Timoteus Anggawan Kusno(Courtesy of Timoteus Anggawan Kusno/The Columns/Oppo Art Jakarta Virtual 2020)

Entering the 12th edition of Art Jakarta, or Oppo Art Jakarta Virtual 2020, is like stepping into an alien world – at least for some of the people used to its physical format. In its new, online form, the art fair may initially be confusing to visitors, but once you have entered the virtual space, it offers an exciting experience that can be navigated from the comfort of the living room, or even from your bedroom for that matter. “This fair format has been conceived to help energize the slumping creativity in the art world in Indonesia that tends to be falling into oblivion. Galleries have closed their doors, and artists face challenges in continuing their creative activities, let alone selling artworks,” explained the fair’s director, Tom Tandio. The fair, which runs from Oct. 19 to Dec. 15, occupies a simulated area of 3,364 square meters. “It ...