Museum Seni Rupah Dan Keramik

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Timings : Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Entry Fee : IDR 5000

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Museum Seni Rupah Dan Keramik, Jakarta Overview

Museum Seni Rupah Dan Keramik or Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramic is a resplendent display of the traditional art and ceramics of Indonesia. It is located in a beautiful Dutch building known as the Court of Justice in olden times. It is conveniently located near famous museuems like the Jakarta History Museum and Wayang Museum.

The grand white building was built as the Dutch Supreme Judiciary in 1870. Ever since, the building has been an office building for many institutions like Indonesian military, Dutch judge council building and as the office of Jakarta mayor in the past. It was finally announced as the Art pure and Ceramic Museum in the year 1976. It has a wide and vivid collection of handicrafts from all over Indonesia, paintings and national and international ceramics. The exhibits of the museum are often placed for auction and are popular among collectors of fine arts. The museum also organises puppet show on every Sunday. 

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The works in galleries of the museum are arranged chronologically depicting various Indonesian periods and artistic development. In the first section of the museum, one will find display of fine arts and paintings which show art of Indonesia's prehistoric period. Proceeding further, one can see artworks of the 19th century by renowned artists and painters Raden Saleh and Affandi.

They were the first modern artists of Indonesia and had introduced modern painting style in the region. Thus there are rooms named after artists like The Raden Saleh Era Room, Hindia Jelita Room in the museum. There are also rooms about the evolutionary movements and events that lead to further development of art in the country. Some of them are the Persagi Room, Birth of Realism room, Pendirian Sanggar Room (the foundation of art studio) etc. 

The ceramic collection of the museum is excellent and apart from the regional Indonesian ceramics(ceramics from Bali and Java peninsula), there are ceramics collected from China, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Europe. There are sculptures like Asmat Totem and ceramics from the 14th century to the 20th century, some of which are of Empire of Majapahit and some excavated from shipwrecks. There are collections from the Ming and Qing dynasties. 

Things to Do

  • Join the ceramic making class to learn how to make ceramic figurines and pottery with additional cost inside the museum. One can bring back the work they created. 
  • Apart from exhibits, the beautiful white building of the museum itself is worth appreciating. 
  • It pleasant courtyards for the visitors to enjoy a cup of coffee and rest. 
  • Visit nearby museums like Jakarta History museum and Wayang museum which is a puppet museum.

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