What to Expect At Art Jakarta 2018: Everything You Need To Know

Art enthusiasts and collectors, rejoice! This year’s Art Jakarta will be a spectacle unlike any other. 

Antoe Budiono, “PHP (Empty Promises)”, 2018, Acrylic on Canvas, 160x115cm, courtesy of Art Xchange Gallery

With over 1,000 artworks, 200 artists and 51 galleries participating, a lot of special things have been planned to commemorate the fair’s 10th anniversary. This includes creative art performances, creative art talks, workshops, special projects and programs and many, many more. Held from 2 to 5 August 2018 in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place, the fair has something from everyone.

Here is our round-up of the top 10 things to look out at Art Jakarta 2018:

Fernando Botero, “Carnival”, Oil on canvas, courtesy of El Museo Galeria

1. 10 for 10
Located just after the entrance, installations by 10 Indonesian artists (Kemal Ezedine, Yani Mariani, Agus Suwage, Syagini Ratnawulan, Bagus Pandega, Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko, Cinanti Astria Johansyah, Eddy Susanto, Theresia Agustina Sitompul (Tere), and Heri Dono) will be as a “museum show,” commemorating the fair’s 10-year run.

Similarly, 10 Japanese artists (Chiharu Nishizawa, Chihiro Nakahara, Emiko Makino, Hiroto Kitagawa, Hiroyuki Matsuura, Hitto Asai, Kazuki Takamatsu, Kozo Nishino, Moe Nakamura, and Three) will also showcase their artwork to commemorate the fair’s anniversary.

2. Metamorfosis by Christine Ay Tjoe
One of Indonesia’s most acclaimed female contemporary artists, Christine Ay Tjoe, will showcase a series of artworks representing the whole length and breadth of her career.

3. Special Art Performance
Similar to last year, Djarum Bakti Budaya will hold special performances like a Flying Balloon Puppet Show titled “Mwatirika” and the “Pasar Purnama” dance by the Saskirana Dancelab.

Culinary Chef, Citra, known popularly as @chitrachef on Instagram, will also perform a variety of Food Art shows.

4. Pop Up Restaurant
And speaking of food, Seumas Smith of Maggie Joan’s Singapore is also set to open a pop up restaurant at 4 August, during the Young Collector’s Gathering.

5. Art Gram
Art Jakarta 2018 will showcase several art-worthy Instagram posts, from photographers like Mikael Aldo to illustrators such as Diela Maharanie.

The thunder never came.

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👀 #procreate

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Other names whose posts are going to be featured include designer Lulu Lutfi Labibi and traveler Benny Jurdi.

6. Art Workshops and Talks
In the course of three days, Ganara Art Space will hold a “Creative Art Class,” a variety of workshop sessions for kids and adults, offering insight into the world of art.

Wiyoga Muhardanto, “Papa”, 2017, Plastic figurines, epoxy putty, acrylic paint, painted fiberglass, clothes and shoes, 115x35x20cm, courtersy of Lawangwangi

A series of talks are also prepared for the fair. Topics include Korean Art, How to collect Art photography? Art in Music Composition, Art in Music Video and how to become a collector by BEKRAF (Badan Ekonomi Kreatif a.k.a. the Creative Economy Agency)

Galya Popova, “The Inner Light”, 2016, oil on canvas, 80x80cm, courtesy of V’Art Space

7. Art Unlimited
BEKRAF will also host another booth to highlight young artists. The artworks will be sold at prices below Rp. 25 million.

8. AJ 100
Several emerging galleries with works priced below Rp. 100 million will have a special booth at the fair. These galleries include Big & Small (Phil), Gudang Gambar, Indoseni, World of Arts, and Gayathri.

Maryanto, “Terragouging”, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 100x200cm, courtesy of YEO workshop

9. Charity Programs
Several auctions will be held at the fair to help a number of charity foundations. There is an art carpet auction for Yayasan Mitra Museum Jakarta, featuring works by artists such as Wedhar Riyadi, Bambang Toko, Radi Arwinda, Hendra Hehe, Aditya Novali, indieguerillas, Darbotz, Robby Dwi Antono and many more.

Tableware, made in collaboration with Zen Fine Tableware and five artists (Aqil Nurahman, Ronald Apriyan, Sony Irawan, Arman Tropik and Iabidou Piko) will also be sold to help Yayasan Jantung Indonesia, a.k.a. the Indonesian Heart Foundation.

Ipan Lasuang, “Sekejap Sirna … Membagikan Kenangan dan Harapan”, acrylic on linen, 150x200cm, courtesy of Element Art Space

10. Art Merchandise
Finally, there will be two separate booths where you can buy merchandise. There’s Art Bar, where you can buy messenger bags, tumblers, umbrellas, T-shirts featuring works by Wedhar Riyadi, Agan Harahap, Uji Hahan Handoko and Petek Sutrisno. Then there’s the “Creative Art Market,” which starts early from July 26 at the Pacific Place mall, where you can purchase decorative products for your home.

Some artworks featured in Art Jakarta 2018:

Yau Bee Ling, “Mother and child series IV”, 2012, oil on canvas. 140cm x 102cm, courtesy of Wei-Ling Gallery
Mochtar Apin, “Pemandangan”, 1990, 130x140cm, courtesy of Art Agenda SEA
indieguerillas, “Berburu Celenge (after Djoko Pekik)”, 2016, customised Nike shoes, embroidery, fur, resin, brass, digital print on acrylic, charcoal, electronic device, and carpet, courtesy of Mizuma Gallery
Richard Irwin Meyer, “The Heart of Storm”, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 50x100cm, courtesy of Puri Art Gallery