While in Jakarta, I decided to go out and explore the area nearby my hotel. Despite all the hype that Jakarta is dangerous and unstable, I felt quite comfortable and safe there. I actually liked Indonesia so much that I am planning to go there for X-mas holidays.
Anyway, not far from my hotel I found Galeri Nasional Indonisia, which means National Gallery of Indonesia. This is a centre for modern and contemporary art.
This corrugated iron wall covered in graffiti looked very familiar. In Australia we have a lot of street artists, who use every opportunity to leave their mark on the city walls, train carriages and even monuments. And corrugated iron is an Australian “trademark”, especially in the country.
One of the walls was totally covered in murals.
Tickets were really cheap, but there were no guides available. Some information and signs were in English, however not all of them. I either had to ask other visitors for translation, or simply guess.
This statue represents the fight of Indonesian people against any invaders.
This sculpture is made of solid piece of jackfruit wood. It symbolises deep suffering and nothingness in life of a man.
The exhibition was divided by eras in Indonesian history. The picture below belongs to the Japanese Occupanion Era (1942-1949). The name of this work can be translates as Twilight and shows the woman feeding ducks. The deformed body represents the burden of life.
This artwork in 3-D. It’s worth making it larger on the screen to look at the details.
No idea who the artist is, or what it means. Use your imagination.
Japanese again. Lots of things happening here. I liked the western woman in the left corner. She appears to be a magnet for a young painter, who can’t concentrate on his traditional model. Maybe the shorts she is wearing cause a stir in his mind?
This is a ruler expressing his rage. Open mouth, bulging eyes. He looks more like a talking demon. Half-paralysed from fear subordinates are trying to hide behind each other. The name Demit translates as Evil.
This one is pretty simple. No guesses. Interesting colour combination.
I have to admit, that for me the majority of art was on the border of psychedelic. Or maybe I am very old-fashioned. Look at this one below.
I guess it’s an alien invasion. The word Dua indicates twins or double. Right? Maybe. Maybe not. Quick search on Google shows “Dua is a beautiful girl who doesn’t but have a care in the world. she makes her own path and lives by her own rules. She laughs a lot and is HILARIOUS herself. She is gorgeous. and usually has a best friend named Shrada”.
This was priceless. The whole room was occupied by lions/hyenas/monsters who were watching TV. Apparently “they are watching a video about ants which are very organised and follow a certain order in the group “(?). The explanation is from the exhibition booklet.
I called two young girls and asked what they thought about the exposition. They were as puzzled as I was. A R T!
Can you imagine that someone spent months and months to create this display. And after someone else approved an installation at the gallery and even dedicated the whole room for this art! Honestly, I had nightmares after the visit.
This is also 3-D display. Ants and sugar. The size of ants was alarming.
This sculpture represents suspended linga (penis) and yoni (vagina) with two gunungans (tree of life) on both sides. All those objects are supported by a sturdy metal frame. The union of love in the modern environment.
Very colourful display. The name translates as First, Second, Third and Fourth Life. It’s made from silk and transparent mica medium. All figures represent life struggle for poor people, particularly women.
Another hallucinogenic artwork. Wood, acrylic, electronic parts, paint, plastic chain – anything will do. And on top of that, all of them make strange noises and flash lights.
For more terrifying details -close up.
The ghost and its pet (my understanding of the painting).
The name translates as Fingering. These three empty bodies are trying to identify themselves. I actually thought that it was a missing person poster. But I really liked this painting.
This one is very classy. Mysterious abstract.
One corner was dedicated to this work. In case it’s not clear from the photo – the circle on the floor and the square on the wall are made from measuring tape. The staff in the middle is dirt (literally). And the rough painting on the walls is made from mud.
This is a new interpretation of Ganesha.
Half-man, half-woman. A mutant? Is this our future?
Stunning wooden sculpture. Highly polished. I could not resist to slap it on the nice smooth bum. But why siesta?
Too much is going on here. Starting from mummies and slowly escalating to troubled mind filled with sexual desires.
Broken half-rotten wooden steps lead to the painting. Very abstract. Death is waiting in the corner. So, what is this? Road to Hell?
Next to the entrance in the last pavilion I was met by this group of sculptures. This is a very new exposition made in 2016.
Very modern and attractive. Glass and canvas. Made in 2015.
No comments. I recommend to look closer.
That’s beyond my understanding, sorry. Even the artist himself could not figure it out.
The content can be interpreted in a few different ways. Half-naked woman and a man sitting on a bed. What do they have in mind? No, not what everybody thinks. They are just talking and joking.
In this painting I can clearly see the tragic moment when Indonesian Romeo found his Juliet naked and dead. It’s a new twist on the old story! What do you think is happening above Romeo’s head?
Reddy G Ravinder was born in India, but studied a Bachelor of Art in ceramics in London. This sculpture is the Pop Art style. The sleeping couple was made in 1995 and donated to the government of Indonesia. I guess Ravinder just could not take it back to India as he would be crucified by his own people. Considering that even a tiny hint on sex life is totally prohibited, the naked woman with breasts on full display is a bold challenge to society.
Yes, that’s right. Hallucinogenic.
Totally love this triptych. That summarises the whole exhibition to me. I don’t belong and don’t understand this modern art either.
“We Do Not Belong To This High Fucking Art Society”