10 Best Art Galleries of Jakarta

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What Rome is to Greece, Paris to France, and Berlin to Germany, Jakarta forms the center for art and culture for one of the most gorgeous countries in the world, Indonesia. The art scene is dynamic, touched with hints of fusion, resulting from a mix of influence gifted by the Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, and even Indian as a product of colonialism and immigration. Due to its cosmopolitan nature, Jakarta witnesses and enjoys interaction from all over the world. The buzz of an active artistic ambiance has resulted in some of the most influential art galleries of the country. Here is a list of 10 Best Art Galleries in Jakarta:

1. MACAN/Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara

 True to its name, MACAN is Indonesia's first dedicated home for modern and contemporary art from the homeland and other parts of the world. Based on more than 4000 square meters, this legendary museum has been host to an array of iconic art forms and artists like Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol. They recently opened an exhibition on one of most eccentric figures of psychedelic art, Yayoi Kusama, encompassing almost 130 of her psychotomimetic, trippy, masterpieces. The gallery is open from Tuesday till Sunday from 10.00 AM to 8.00 PM.

2. Art1 

Or as it's known to the older inhabitants, Mon Décor is one of the oldest and pioneer establishments relating to the art gallery in Jakarta as well as Indonesia. It is home to carefully and expertly curated artworks for over 30 years. Since it's reopening in 2011 with its new name and persona, Art1 has been successfully attracting the interests of urban as well as classical art aficionados. Art1 has been instrumental in bridging the gap between contemporary and modern Indonesian art culture, making it one of the most prominent art galleries in Jakarta. It is generally open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM. 

3. BIASA Artspace

Located in Seminyak, this quirky piece of an art gallery is home to a host of sculptures, mystic and enigmatic paintings, figurines by various Indonesian artists. Founded in 2005, BIASA Artspace is divided into two levels. While the gallery shelters the artworks for display, the upper level consists of a mini library and restoration studio. What started as a platform to showcase progressive and contemporary art to the tourists and visitors of Jakarta and Bali, has now found its fame among the list of the top art establishments of the country. It flaunts an envious resume when it comes to art exhibitions, with Enzo Cucchi, Matteo Basile, Jumaldi Alfi, among others, whose works have been displayed within this esteemed art asylum. Suitably, the establishment is open every day of the week from 9 AM to 9 PM.


4. Ciputra Artpreneur Gallery

Located at Kuningan, Jakarta, the gallery is situated in the international standard theatre and community hall with accommodation for up to 2000 guests. The art gallery cum museum houses the private collection of Dr. Ir. Ciputra, consisting of the works from Hendra Gunawan, 32 paintings and 18 sketches to be specific, who is famous for his combination of Western painting techniques and traditional Indonesian aesthetics. The gallery boasts the most extensive collection of this iconic painter's works in all of Indonesia. Due to its white box space, the gallery can host events of magnificent and international statures like Google Android One event, Car shows for few of the giants in the automobile industry like Mercedes Benz and BMW, Fashion shows, and whatnot. The opening times stretches from 12.00 PM to 6.00 PM daily, with Sunday being the only off day. 

5. Hadiprana Art Gallery

Established on a time of cultural and political upheaval, Hadiprana Gallery has been the pathfinder in Indonesian Progressive art since 1962. In 1997, the gallery was renovated and improved as an Art Boutique Mall, aiming to showcase and nurture new talents. From sculptures, paintings to videos, Hadiprana Gallery has been conducive to the exposition of Indonesian classical and progressive art to the public. The gallery is generally open throughout the week except for Sundays.

6. Komunitas Saihara 

Located on South Jakarta, this gallery-cum-community hall stretches for over 3000 sq ft. The complex consists of three main parts, Teater Salihara, Galeri Salihara plus office and guesthouse. The Teater Galihara is the first black box theatre opened in Indonesia and can accommodate over 250 people. The rooftop, suitably, serves as an open-air theatre. The Galeri Salihara, unlike most other gallery structures, is a cylindrical structure shaped like an oval. The empty space with a circular wall, without angles and borders, provides for a better and broader perspective for the viewers. There is also food court situated in the open, serving various snacks and drinks to satiate the hunger for food along with art. Founded by coveted journalist Goenawan Mohamad, this dynamic art space is a culmination of cultures, festivals, exhibitions. The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday. 

7. National Gallery of Indonesia 

Galeri Nasional, the government-aided gallery of Indonesia, provides its visitors with a recount of the Indonesian art history and movements. It houses more than 1500 specimens from the country's most renowned artists, including the works of Affendi and Raden Saleh. The gallery captures the historical timeline of Indonesia relating to art, providing a chronological framework. The gallery holds permanent as well as temporary exhibitions. The permanent exhibition takes place from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 AM to 4 PM. The temporary or 'temporer' exhibition is held every day except national holidays, from 10 AM to 7 PM. 

8.Akili Museum of Art 

Established in 2008, this elegant art space showcases the private acquisitions of Rudy Akili, a businessman, and art enthusiast. This collection of artistic endeavors includes works from diverse genres – classical, realism, experimental, conceptual, etc. It also boasts a collection of works from young Avante – Garde Indonesian artists, varied yet connected to each other rather elusively. Akili Museum of Art provides a platform for various artistic styles and cultures to come together and find a place in the psychological space of a mature audience. 

9. Edwin's Gallery 

Founded in July 1984 by renowned photographer Edwin Rajarho, it is one of the longest-running private art galleries in Indonesia. Starting from a small gallery space and photography studio in his garage, Edwin's Gallery is now a vast empire of artistic exemplars. Since it's opening, it has never stopped developing and shaping itself, all the while promoting local and international artists through exhibitions. It has had the opportunity to herald prestigious exhibitions of the likes of Sunaryo, Heri Dono, Dolorosa Sinaga, Ahmad Sadali, and Affandi. It has more than 100 displays from 200 artists under its envious resume. It is open from Monday to Saturday, from 9 AM to 5 PM.

10. Bartele's Gallery

One of the only establishments to showcase the history and heritage of Southeast Asia and Indonesia, Bartele's Gallery is heaven for historical enthusiasts. Endowed in 2009, the gallery has an impressive collection of antique maps, books, colonial photographs, ancient prints, historical books, and memorabilia, some ranging to almost 500 years! Bartele Santema, along with curator and map expert David E. Parry, has worked tirelessly to compile this unique catalog of timeless treasures. Situated in Kermang Raya, this is the only dedicated shop where you can buy antique maps and prints. Whether for intellectual attraction or artistic, Bartele's Gallery is an epitome of curious indulgence for all generations. 

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