The Art Exhibition of National Collections - Menyigi Masa

The Art Exhibition of National Collections

Menyigi Masa

National collections art exhibition is one of the main exhibition programme that initiated and held by Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Direktorat Jenderal Kebudayaan, and Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan. This exhibition showed state artwork collections of artistic produced by Indonesian artists which is managed and collected by institution all around Indonesia. This exhibition was held with purpose to publish the artwork of state collections and showed the wealth and treasure of the Indonesia especially through the artworks. Furthermore, also gave a chance to the public to be able to appreciate, well informed about state collections, and also get closer to the important figures in the development of Indonesia art history.

"Menyigi Masa Exhibition is a very early effort of examine - investigate, note, weed, and explained - the artworks which is collected in various state institution, which can be noted as state collections." Suwarno Wisetrotomo - Exhibition Curator

Furthermore, Suwarno affirmed, "The aspects of the role and the meaning by the artists also his artworks - in Indonesia context and Indonesianness - that's what I mean as the missing link. This exhibition tried to track, investigate, and weed the artifacts - which is tangible and intangible - so that it can be mark as a loose link, to then connect it."

“Menyigi Masa Exhibition Board”

When the first time came in to the exhibition room I saw this beautiful painting. “Firm Reef Rock” – the title of this painting really describe the appearance view that visitor will enjoy. When I saw the artwork, I felt go to another dimension into the painter soul. FYI, Hendrik Hermanus Joel Ngantung or known as Henk Ngantung was a painter and ever became Jakarta Governor on 1964-1965. Then I just knew, Patung Selamat Datang – Welcoming Statue in Jakarta was sketched by him too.

“Batu Karang yang Teguh”
Henk Ngantung, 1977
300 x 170 cm
Oil Paint on Canvas

The Soul of Emerald was one of the most impressive installation I’ve ever saw in the exhibition. Eye-catching then looked as simplified artwork but still elegance and invaluable collection. Time by time for me, when generally colorful artwork can amazed and impressed me, but recently simplified and one tone color of artwork can be more impressive. According to the title collection, I felt shade of soul when was observing this collection. The “Soul” looked as if want to dance and fly away in the air.

“Soul of Emerald - Jiwa nan Teduh”
Yani Mariani Sastranegra, 2007
67 x 35 x 81 cm
Brass Plate

Affandi – when someone mentioned “Indonesian great painter” Affandi and Basoeki Abdullah will be directly appeared in my mind. Similar with the artwork of Henk Ngantung, the Affandi artwork displayed actually general object of sunflower. Affandi artwork generally expressionism that the artist tendency to distortion the reality with emotional effect.

“Bunga Matahari”
Affandi, 1974
100 x 170 cm
Oil Paint on Canvas

Yogyakarta Istimewa! or how special Yogyakarta! Yes, Yogyakarta special region always known as student city and culture city. Talk about Yogyakarta always related with Yogyakarta Palace with their soldier. Wirobrojo Soldier – Yogyakarta Palace Frontline Forces. Wirobrojo derived of Wiro means brave and Brojo means sharp. Their name represents their existence as frontline forces who brave and sharp while guarding the Yogyakarta Palace. Then next Mantrijero Soldier, literally Mantrijero means spokeperson who can play a role as decision maker in Yogyakarta Palace. The last, Prawirotomo Soldier – Prawiro / Prawira means soldier in Javanese language and Tomo / Utomo / Utama means main. So, Prawirotomo means main soldier in Yogyakarta Palace. All soldiers have their own important role in Yogyakarta Palace until nowadays. I hope someday I can watching their parade in live festival in Yogyakarta.

“Prajurit Wirobrojo”
Sulasno, 2015
55 x 125 cm
Oil Paint on Glass

“Prajurit Mantrijero”
Sulasno, 2015
55 x 125 cm
Oil Paint on Glass

“Prajurit Prawirotomo”
Sulasno, 2015
55 x 125 cm
Oil Paint on Glass

“Exhibition Room”

The three water creatures as one of mythology creature in Hindu. According to the collection caption, there are three creatures but somehow I just found two of them. Could you observe this artwork by the photo and find the three creatures? Leave your answer in the comment column.

“Tiga Makhluk Air”
I Nyoman Tjokot
30 x 53 x 20 cm

“Makhluk Mitologi Agama Hindu”
I Nyoman Tjokot, 1965
Varied Dimensions of Wood

One of the exhibition staff told to me if the Goa Gala-Gala artwok is one of the masterpiece of this exhibition. The painter name is very identic with Bali culture which is that means related with the mythology stories too. One of the artwork material is calico textile that usually used as wheat flour packaging. For me beside the textile material is not commonly used as the paper for painter, this is my first time saw the artwork on the calico textile. How an unique artwork, right?

“Goa Gala-Gala”
I Nyoman Mandra, 1997
105 x 200 cm
Tempera or Calico Textile

Generally with the label of national collection I thought many visitor will have a high expectation with the exhibition collections. This is a great exhibition but for me I still have a higher expectation for the exhibition. For example for Soul of Emerald installation there is no borderline on the artwork. I’m still waiting for the next national collection of the art exhibition. What do you think about this collection and the exhibition? Feel free to say something on the comment column.

Artwork : 60 collections (painting, statue, and graphic)
Opening : Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 07.30 PM A Building Galeri Nasional Indonesia
Exhibition : October 11 – 28, 2018 10.00 AM – 07.00 PM A Building Galeri Nasional Indonesia

Curator : Suwarno Wisetrotomo & Rizki A. Zaelani

Curator Assistant : Teguh Margono & Bayu Genia Krishbie

Hosted : Galeri Nasional Indonesia

Supported : Museum Aceh, Aceh Cultural and Tourism Institution, Jakarta Art Council, and Jakarta Historical Museum Management Unit, and DKI Jakarta Tourism and Cultural Institution

Artist (41)
A.D. Pirous, A. Wakidjan, Abas Alibasyah, Affandi, Ahmad Sadali, Amang Rahman Jubair, Amri Yahya, Arsono, Bagong Kussudiardja, Batara Lubis, Fadjar Sidik, Haryadi Suadi, Henk Ngantung, I Made Djirna, I Nyoman Gunarsa, I Nyoman Mandra, I Nyoman Tjokot, Kaboel Suadi, Lian Sahar, Makhfoed, Nashar, Nunung W. S., Oesman Effendi, Popo Iskandar, Raden Saleh Sjarif Bustaman, Rusli, Said Akram, Srihadi Soedarsono, Subandi Giyanto, Sudarso, Sudaryono, Suhadi, Sulasno, Sunaryo, Suromo D. S., Surono, Trisno Sumardjo, Wardoyo, Widayat, Yani Mariani Sastranegara, and Zaini.

Fine Art Discussion :
Thursday, October 11th, 2018 10.00 AM – The end at Seminar Room
Theme : Renewable Artwork of State Collections
Interviewees : Rizki A. Zaelani (The Curator of Fine Art Exhibition State Collections “Menyigi Masa”)
Irawan Karseno ( Daily Chairman of Jakarta Art Council)
Moderator : Yusuf Susilo Hartono (Art Journalist)


For further information :
Galeri Nasional Indonesia
Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No. 14, Jakarta 10110

Social Media :
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Bibliography :
§  Personal photos and documentation
§  Personal impression and experience


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