If you look carefully, Indonesia, especially Jakarta, actually has a bustling art scene scattered all over the city. From privately-owned galleries, art shops, or even to the museum scale, from fine art, classics, maestros, to the most avant-garde and contemporary, it is fun to hunt down art spaces in Jakarta. Here are some of our picks for your must-visit art galleries in Jakarta and museums for art lovers.
Art Galleries In Jakarta, Indonesia
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN)
Indonesia’s first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, (MACAN)’s growing collection focuses on modern and contemporary art from Indonesia and around the world. This is the only museum in Indonesia where you can see first hand legendary contemporary works of arts by Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Jeff Koontz, and coming this May, the large-scale exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s work presented in Indonesia and includes over 130 works that span almost 70 years of artistic practice.
Jalan Panjang No. 5 Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta Indonesia
Formerly known as Mon Decor Gallery (est. 1983), ART:1 is the pioneer in art gallery business in Jakarta. During its 30 years in art business, Mon Decor Gallery had expanded into several gallery branches all over Jakarta. The spacious 4,000sqm building showcases collections of original artworks by Indonesian old masters, modern masters and contemporary artists, curated in the span of over 30 years.
Art:1 New Museum
Jl. Rajawali Selatan Raya No 3, Jakarta 10720 Indonesia
Hadiprana Art Gallery
The first art gallery under Hadiprana’s portfolio was established in 1961 featuring young painting artist which later became famous in their own rights, such as Jeihan, Sryhady, and Suparto.
Galeri Hadiprana in 1997 moved to the most artistic area in Jakarta, as an Art Boutique Mall that has since then been the house of very selective high quality art, handicraft, artifacts, paintings, and also art classes both for children and adult.
Mitra Hadiprana Boutique Mall, Ground Floor, Jl. Kemang Raya No. 30 Jakarta
Andi’s Gallery diverges from the white cube concept, with gorgeous parquet floors offsetting the works on the walls. Founded in 1990, the gallery presents a wide range of modern and contemporary multimedia art, and has been central to the discourse of Indonesian contemporary art over the years. Holding more than six exhibitions a year, the gallery resists market forces, bringing marginal art to the fore.
One of their first exhibitions, Super Realis, launched the genre of hyperrealistic painting into the mainstream. In 2009, the gallery broke new ground by presenting the work of 53 Indonesian women sculptors for the My Body exhibition, including the evocative works of Ade Artie Tjakra, Lydia Poetrie and Yani Mariani Sastranegara. With its finger firmly on the pulse of Indonesia’s art scene, Andi’s gallery is the place to find the next big thing in the Indonesian art world.
Galeri Hadiprana is the longest operating gallery in Jakarta, promoting fine art in Indonesia. Born out of founder Hendra Hadiprana’s search for beauty in the confusing, broken city of Jakarta after he returned home from studying in the Netherlands, this gallery survived the economic turmoil of the 1960s to bring art to the appreciation of the wider public. Having evolved through the decades, the gallery is now housed in a large, flexible space with movable walls – befitting of a modern art institute.
Hadiprana has promoted and mentored many of Indonesia’s now-celebrated artists such as renowned writer and painter Danarto, Yusuf Affendi, and Made Gunawan. Galeria Hadiprana continues to promote the best of Indonesian contemporary art, staging exhibitions with a deep sense of respect and wonder for the country’s cultural identity and the gallery’s history.
Mitra Hadiprana Boutique Mall, Ground Floor, No. 30 Jl. Kemang Raya, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Nadi Gallery was founded in 2000 by architect and art collector Biantoro Santoso. The gallery owns an extensive collection of art, especially painting, by acclaimed Indonesian artists of the past few decades. The name nadi means ‘aorta’ or ‘artery’, and refers to the gallery’s focus on the pulses of contemporary art. New exhibitions are staged at least six times a year with guest curators to showcase works by Indonesian and overseas artists. The gallery also facilitates exchanges between artists, critics, collectors, and curators through workshops and international art fairs.
Jl. Kembang Indah III, Blok G III No. 4 – 5 Puri Indah, Jakarta Barat, Indonesia +62 21 5805677