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Since opening in November 2017, the Museum has held two exhibitions by internationally recognized artists and welcomed over 350,000 visitors. On November 17, 2018, MACAN unveils three solo presentations by Asia’s leading contemporary conceptual artists Arahmaiani, Lee Mingwei and On Kawara.

Having opened its doors to the public last year on November 4, Museum MACAN – the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara – celebrates its first year anniversary as a recognized cultural instituton in Jakarta, the country and the wider Southeast Asian region. Looking ahead into the future, Museum MACAN is also proud to announce a new expansion of the space leading into the new year. Taking over an additional floor above the current venue, the Museum will increase its total footprint to 7,107 square meters, with an exhibition space, an auditorium, and a library as part of the expansion, with an outdoor area to follow.

As an institution that aims to be a meaningful platform of public awareness in the midst of Indonesia’s dynamic art scene, MACAN has established itself as one of the most ambitious and active museums in the country with an engaging exhibition program and dedicated educational outreach to further engage and inform the community and local arts audiences.

Highlights of MACAN’s program from 2017/2018 include:
• Two First Sight events held in August and September 2017, which presented two days of live performance art by artists such as FX Harsono, Tisna Sanjaya, Melati Suryodarmo and Reza Afisina during its first event, and the likes of Arahmaiani, Duto Hardono, Heman Chong and Mella Jaarsma in the second, with performances taking place in the Museum space before any works were installed. This provided the local audience an exclusive insight into the unique design of the interiors by MET Studio before the grand opening;
• Art Turns, World Turns. Exploring the Collection of the Museum MACAN (4 Nov 2017 – 18 Mar 2018) – the inaugural exhibition that presented an art historical survey of Indonesia’s modern and contemporary art in a global context with works by Indonesian masters such as Raden Saleh, S. Sudjojono, FX Harsono, and Arahmaiani as well as international artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Damien Hirst and Yukinori Yanagi, and works that had never been on public view in Indonesia before;
• YAYOI KUSAMA: LIFE IS THE HEART OF A RAINBOW (12 May – 9 Sept 2018) – organized in collaboration with National Gallery Singapore (NGS) and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA); and
• UOB Museum MACAN Children’s Art Space Commission – a unique section devoted to younger visitors with large-scale participatory installations that are changed twice a year. In its first year, the space has seen commissioned works by Entang Wiharso, an established name in the Indonesian art industry, and – for the latest commission which is still on view – by the promising Indonesian artist Gatot Indrajati. Both commissions are supported by UOB, the Museum’s Major Education Partner.

Since November 2017, Museum MACAN has welcomed over 350,000 visitors, including a substantial number of students and children, providing public access to a significant and growing collection of modern and contemporary art from Indonesia and around the world created over the years by Haryanto Adikoesoemo, MACAN’s founder.

Underlining MACAN’s dedication to art education and school outreach, the Museum’s second exhibition by Yayoi Kusama attracted 30,000 students and over 13,000 children. Between May and September, MACAN’s Education Team hosted 51 local school groups, who visited Kusama’s exhibition as well as the Museum’s unique Children’s Art Space presented in partnership with UOB, where they were able to experience and interact with the participatory art installation commission ‘Kotak Utak-Atik’ (‘The Tinkering Box‘) by Indrajati. MACAN’s education efforts are spearheaded by the Museum MACAN Foundation chaired by Fenessa Adikoesoemo.

From November 17, 2018, Museum MACAN will present three solo presentations by Asia’s leading contemporary conceptual artists – The Past Has Not Passed (Masa Lalu Belumlah Berlalu) by Arahmaiani from Indonesia, Seven Stories by Taiwanese-American Lee Mingwei, and a reading of On Kawara’s One Million Years, debuting the Japanese artist’s work in Indonesia.

BLJ/VMN – Museum MACAN

 

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