JAKARTA: MUSEUM MACAN | cathhalim.com


Over the last few years, we've seen an increasing awareness in the Indonesian local arts industry. Together with a larger number of initiatives in the local art scene like Jakarta Biennale, Art Stage, Bazaar Art, Art Jog, the opportunity to discovering, learning and appreciating art has widened vastly. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Known also as Museum MACAN) opened its doors to the public last Friday, marking a historical moment for the local arts scene. 

Their opening exhibition, "Art Turns. World Turns." is a well-presented, impressively curated range of artwork. Showcasing significant Indonesian historical moments, take a moment to learn about key historical events that impacted different pivotal points of our local art scene. The exhibition included a large range of Indonesian artists including Raden Saleh, Affandi and FX Harsono.

Other than a variety of Indonesian pieces, the museum houses an impressive number of international artists including Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Yoshitomo Nara, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama and many more. 

It was a pity the space considered for Museum MACAN was not on par with the artworks displayed. The museum surely had a nice exhibition hall but if greater consideration was placed in its greater backdrop, MACAN would have provided a far more enjoyable experience. Despite that, I still left in awe by the sophisticated curation and the extensive artwork housed in MACAN. Despite learning that the founder has been a collector for over 25 years, it is still surprising to find the world-class quality of the museum's private collection. It's exhilarating to see a dedicated space in Jakarta that will educate a new generation of art enthusiasts. 

Museum MACAN proves that exciting times are coming for our local arts industry and I can't wait to see what the museum has in stores for their future exhibitions. I highly suggest to pre-purchase tickets before visiting. Tickets are available easily through their website.


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