INDONESIAN ART TODAY
The art scene in Indonesia can be considered as one of the most dynamic in South East Asia. It draws on a long tradition of contemporary artistic practice that began with the modernist movement in the 1950s. Significant figures during this time includes Affandi and S.Sudjojono. Following this period, artist activists strongly involved in the democratisation movements of the 1970′s emerged. A number of young Indonesian artists such as FX Harsono and Jim Supangkat initiated the Indonesian New Art Movement (Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru Indonesia).
Today contemporary emerging Indonesian artists that spring from art communities and centres such as Yogyakarta, integrate these origins as the basis for inspiration in their own work. Multifarious in the choice of media and messages communicated, these artists take cues from politics and social issues, integrating topics pertinent to their fellow citizens as a point of departure in an often playful and humorous way.
Arndt Art Agency founder, Matthias Arndt, was instrumental in introducing European audiences to contemporary Indonesian art in 2013 with the group exhibition “Sip! Indonesian Art Today” at ARNDT Berlin, with its accompanying landmark eponymous publication produced by the German publisher DISTANZ. With a long-standing interest and support of Southeast Asian art, and the new Asian and Pacific art markets, Arndt's insights into this exciting area of contemporary artistic practice are presented in this curated exhibition of Indonesian artists for Collectionair.
About the curator
Ariane Belisle is a London-based curator, art critic and advisor specializing in post-war and contemporary art. She established AIB Art Advisory (www.aibartadvisory.com) after her many years of first-hand experience in both the primary and secondary art markets. Ariane has worked closely with several major private art collectors, corporate collections, and foundations, advising on their acquisition and consignment strategies, and curating their collections on an international scale.
Since receiving her MA in Curating from The Courtauld Institute of Art, Ariane has worked on a variety of curatorial projects with Swiss Institute Contemporary Art New York, Haus der Kunst, The Novak Djokovic Foundation, Foundation Beyeler, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, The Ingram Art Foundation, The Marrakech Museum of Photography and Visual Arts, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Sprueth Magers Gallery, The Courtauld Gallery, Tate Britain and The National Gallery of Canada.
Ariane is also a regular contributor to numerous art publications, including Haute Living Magazine, The Art of Design Magazine, Art & Museum Magazine, Espace Magazine, ArtNow Magazine, This Is Tomorrow: Contemporary Art Magazine, ARTUNER Magazine and Courtauld Reviews, and has written catalogue essays for Sotheby’s London, The Courtauld Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Ingram Art Foundation.