Ready to explore Southeast Asia’s art scene? The capital city of Jakarta may provide what you seek as the region’s exciting up and coming art hub. Here’s a list of 10 Jakarta art galleries worth visiting.
ART1(Formerly Mon Decor)
(Jl. Rajawali Selatan Raya No. 3, Jl. Rajawali Sel., Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta)
Their modo is “Art for Everyone”. This 30 year-old gallery was established in 1983 as Mon Decor and was the winner of the 2010 Gallery of the Year Award. Today, Art1 does not only exhibit three decades worth of fine art collected under its former identity, but now serves the people of Indonesia also as a private museum and institute to support Indonesian artists.
(Jl. Kemang Raya, Mampang Prpt.)
Edwin’s Gallery is a prominent modern art gallery that was established by Edwin Rahardjo and has been around since 1984. Exhibiting works of contemporary artists as well as historically significant works by Indonesia’s maestros including Sadali, Apin and Affandi, the gallery is getting ready for its plan to open an art museum exhibiting some of their most prominent collections. Meanwhile visitors can enjoy seeing some dynamic pieces in the current exhibits, especially those that highlight Edwin’s investment in kinetic art.
CEMARA 6 GALERI
(Jl. HOS. Cokroaminoto No.9-11, Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat)
Built in 1993 by by Prof. Dr. Toeti Heraty N Roosseno, Cemara 6 Galeri has been a leader of promoting women artists. In 1998, the gallery organized a prestigious exhibition called “Women in The Realm of Spirituality”, featuring 16 Indonesian artist women. The gallery also holds a private collection of art works of very prestigious Indonesian artists including Abdullah, Affandi, Iskandar, Soedjojono, and Soedarsono.
(no, Jl. Kemang Raya No.46, jakarta, DKI )
This 1990 established gallery is known to promote Southeast Asian contemporary art to global patrons. With two other locations in Singapore and Beijing, Linda Gallery is a must-see for those who have a particular taste for Asian art.
GALERI NASIONAL INDONESIA
(Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur No. 14, Gambir)
The National Gallery of Indonesia is an institution that was established in 1999 with the main purpose of increasing public awareness on the importance of artwork preservation. Today, the museum holds a collection of more than 1700 art works by Indonesian and global artists including Saleh, Affandi, Abdullah, Kandinsky, Hartung, Delaunay, and Zao Wou Ki.
(Jl. Dharmawangsa VI Melawai Kebayoran Baru Jakarta Selatan DKI Jakarta)
This popular and young contemporary art gallery was established in 2006 by artist Maya Sujatmiko. As a gallery that dedicates itself to providing a platform to bring together artists, patrons and collectors, it exhibits a spectrum of contemporary art pieces including prints, paintings, photography and sculptures.
(Jl. Kembang Indah III Blok G-3 No. 4-5, Kembangan Selatan)
Another contemporary art gallery worth visiting is Nadi Gallery. Founded by Biantoro Santoso, the gallery has been participating in many exhibitions including the Bazaar Art Jakarta, as well as Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Stage Singapore. The gallery features both solo and group exhibitions.
(Jl. Tanah Abang IV No.14, Gambir, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota )
Andi’s was established in 1990 and prides itself as a major player that is not motivated by the needs of the “art market” in Indonesia. Featuring mostly contemporary art, the gallery is one of the 11 galleries in the Jakarta Art District and has a mission to be one step ahead of the changing trends in Jakarta’s art world.
BIASA ART SPACE JAKARTA
(Jalan Kemang Raya No. 20, Kemang, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta)
Founded by Susanna Perini, Biasa Art Space holds 2 locations in Jakarta and Bali. Featuring solo and group contemporary art exhibits, the institute promotes a natural interaction between the artists and the public. It also collaborates with institutions outside its walls such as the Nation Gallery of Jakarta, the MACRO Museum in Rome and the Delfina Foundation in London.
(Mitra Hadiprana, No. 30, Jl. Kemang Raya, Kota Jakarta Selatan)
Established in 1962 by Hendra Hadiprana, Galeri Hadiprana is the longest running fine art gallery in Indonesia. As one of the only spaces where Indonesian artists could exhibit their work in the 1960s, since then, the gallery exhibited works of many prominent artists including multimedia contemporary pieces, portraits, antique clothing and furniture.