100 YEARS OF HENDRA GUNAWAN | cathhalim.com


It makes me ecstatic to learn that art is becoming far more accessible in Jakarta. Having grown up abroad, I never actively learned about Indonesia's history. My first reconnection with our history was through decades of Indonesian artwork. Art is a tool to communicate reactions to what is happening or has happened around us. I like learning about our history through these artworks.

Hendra Gunawan was an Indonesian painter, widely known for his combination of Western painting techniques and traditional Indonesian aesthetics. Although the count of paintings produced during the span of his career as a painter is considered to be one of the highest, it is extremely rare to find well-conserved pieces. Lucky enough, "100 YEARS HENDRA GUNAWAN" showcases never before seen paintings from Dr. Ir. Ciputra's personal collection over Hendra Gunawan's significant productive years.

Hendra Gunawan paints a vast array of subjects including landscapes with a style reminiscent to that of an expressionist. Many of his prominent artworks are also painted when he was imprisoned from 1965–1978 for actively fighting against the Dutch colony.

The exhibition runs from 5 August until 16 August at Ciputra Artpreneur and is free for the public to enjoy. Other than the display of Hendra Gunawan's paintings, there are also plenty of talks and activities that are suitable for all. Check out their website and their social media pages for more details.


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