A select group of Indonesia’s most notable emerging and established contemporary artists have been chosen to showcase selected works under the banner of Indonesian Eye: Fantasies & Realities, presented by Prudential. The exhibit will open at the Ciputra Artpreneur Center in Jakarta on 9th June 2011, and will run for five long weeks. After which, the exhibit will travel to London’s famed Saatchi Gallery, to be the UK’s first major exhibition of Indonesian contemporary art. Indonesian Eye, founded by David and Serenella Ciclitira, is organized by Parallel Contemporary Art, the same team behind the successful, on-going Korean Eye exhibitions.
The exhibition will comprise of some 41 works by 18 artists, with a combination of paintings, sculptures and installations. The pieces was curated by Serenalla Ciclitira, curator and Co-founder of Parallel Contemporary Art; Tsong-zung Chang, Guest Professor of China Art Academy in Hangzhou and Director of Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong; and Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery. A book will be published by SKIRA to coincide with the launch of the exhibition, presenting over 500 works by 74 Indonesian artists. Three Indonesian curators – Jim Supangkat, Asmudo YonoIrianto, and Farah Wardani, collaborated with the curatorial team.
Some highlights of the pieces include Heri Dono’s satirical paintings, which will be shown alongside Edo Pillu’s works which give existentialist comment on present day Indonesian society. Nindityo Adipurnomo employs traditional materials in his sculptures to highlight Indonesia’s rapidly changing society. Other works by emerging artists include Jompet’s installations of ghost-like figures from Indonesia’s Dutch colonial period and Angki Purbandono’s photographs depicting everyday life.
As a principal sponsor of Indonesian Eye, Prudential is proud to demonstrate its continuing commitment to Indonesia’s dynamic development and transformation, especially in fine arts. William Kuan, Presiden Director of PT Prudential Life Assurance (Prudential Indonesia), enthused “Having lived in Indonesia, I am personally thrilled that Prudential has been able to take the lead in this pioneering initiative. Prudential hopes that Indonesian Eye will have a significant impact on the ongoing development of the contemporary arts community here by stimulating and inspiring further collaborations and synergies across Indonesia’s different creative industries.”