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in this issue ASA BUTTERFIELD BY MITCHELL NGUYEN MCCORMACK

Art: New Contemporary Art Spaces in Jakarta

DESTINATION: ART. As enthusiasm for art increases, more art spaces open their doors to Jakarta’s dynamic inhabitants

A decade ago, the idea of going to galleries or art spaces took a back seat in most people’s minds, especially in Jakarta. Today, however, as appreciation for modern art has started to grow and as the weekend crowds grow bored of shopping malls, these visually stimulating venues are turning into crowd magnets. This trend also came about thanks to the strategic location of several prominent new art places, with a few of them located just a stone’s throw away from some of hottest bars and restaurants. More than just exhibiting art, these new establishments formulate engaging concepts as a response to ever-changing tastes in modern art and Jakarta’s dynamic lifestyle.

ALL IN ONE

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Combining the concepts of art gallery, museum and theater, Ciputra Artpreneur (Ciputra World Jakarta, Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 3-5, Kuningan, Jakarta; +62 21 2988 9889; ciputraartpreneur.com) was established to encourage the growth of emerging Indonesian artists while educating society about modernism. The art gallery collects notable pieces from renowned Indonesian artists such as Heri Dono and Angki Purbandono, with a museum dedicated for Hendra Gunawan’s artworks. Highlights of this spacious venue include projection mapping of Gunawan’s paintings and a modern theater designed to host musical performances.

HYBRID SPACE

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With a catchy name and a comfortable slot among the city’s go-to restaurants and bars, Glitch  Imaginarium (Fairgrounds SCBD, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta; glitchnetwork.com) comes off as a hybrid combining an urban art gallery and an art shop. From the outside, it looks almost like a fashion store as the exterior features funky shapes in concrete. As a matter of fact, it provides more than just art exhibitions; it accommodates artists from around the globe and allows them to develop their ideas into tangible forms such as toys and comics. To attract a bigger crowd, the space is oftentimes transformed into a live music venue that is more intimate than the usual stadium-scaled stage.

DON’T FEAR THE YOUNG

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Ruci Art Space (Jl. Suryo No. 29, Jakarta) goes all out to tickle the mind of art enthusiasts with questions like, “Why collect art?” in one of its exhibitions. At the same time, it does not hesitate to involve emmisarries from the younger generation in its happenings. After all, it’s more often than not the young artists, curators and musicians who have all the energy and enthusiasm. In the two-story gallery you can easily find the works of famed artists being featured side-by-side with those produced by lesser known—although not necessarily less talented—artists.

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