Art Jakarta Returns and Celebrates an Artful Decade

A DECADE OF ARTS. Art Jakarta 2018 celebrates the fair’s 10th anniversary with a multitude of special performances, programs and installations.

Great Mane” by Yau Bee Ling, courtesy of Wei-Ling Gallery

With more than 1,000 works of art, 300 artists and 51 galleries participating, this year’s Art Jakarta will be the biggest one yet. Not only that, the event will be celebrating its 10th anniversary and, accordingly, a lot of special activities and installations are planned. This includes establishing special projects, creative art performances, art talk, charity programs as well as a workshop class that everybody—art enthusiastsand collectors alike—can take part in.

Superior” by Angki Purbandono, courtesy of Mizuma Gallery

One of the focal points of the fair—which runs under the theme “Celebrating the First Decade of Art Jakarta”—comes from Indonesian artist Christine Ay Tjoe, one of the country’s most celebrated contemporary artists, who will present her life work, entitled Metamorphosis. This display will span her entire career from start until today. Similar to last year, Djarum Foundation will present a flying balloon puppet show and the “Pasar Purnama” performance by Sasikirana DanceLab.

Foodies, meanwhile, can enjoy the pop up restaurant led by Executive Chef Seumas Smith from Moosehead & Maggie Joan’s at Singapore or enjoy a special Food Art performance by Chef Chitra. For collectors and buyers, there will also be several charity programs, such as carpets for Yayasan Mitra Museum Jakarta, or tableware for Yayasan Jantung Indonesia. This year will also see the launch of AJ 100, a collection of emerging galleries whose works sell for below Rp. 100 million.

Reflections of Life” by Camelia Mitasari Hasibuan, courtesy of Art Xchange Gallery

10 for 10
The biggest highlight of this year’s Art Jakarta, however, is “10 for 10.” Displayed where guests would enter the venue, this is a collection of 10 installations by 10 acclaimed Indonesian artists: Kemal Ezedine, Yani Mariani, Agus Suwage, Syagini Ratnawulan, Bagus Pandega, Hahan, Chinati Juhansyah, Eddie Sutanto, Heri Dono and Tere. Furthermore, “10 for 10” will also extend to Japan Art Now, which will simultaneously show 10 artworks by 10 Japanese artists (including Hiroto Kitagawa, Hiroyuki Matsuura, Kazuki Takamatsu and many more) in relation to the 10th anniversary of Art Jakarta.

Art Unlimited
Finally, young artists will also have their time in the limelight at Art Jakarta 2018. The Creative Economy Agency (BEKRAF, Badan Ekonomi Kreatif) will have a special booth at the fair for these creative souls, whose works will be offered at prices below Rp. 25 million. In an interview with DAMAN, fair consultant Gil Schneider mentioned that there will be many new galleries debuting at Art Jakarta this year, including The Columns Gallery from Seoul, Wei-Ling Gallery from Kuala Lumpur, Chan + Hori from Singapore and many more. The Art Jakarta 2018 fair will be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton Jakarta, and will run from August 3 to 5.