Online Exhibition


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Back to the online exhibition held by the National Gallery of Indonesia. Has anyone seen this work? Yes, this is one of the artworks in the Jakarta History Museum. Here are some more artworks, enjoy!

Tugu Pedang

Contributor: Alhendra Daulay

Artwork Location: Jambi


Tugu Pedang (Sword Monument) built in 2018, located in Merangin, Sumatra. The construction costs 1.1 billion rupiah from the Merangin district budget. The meanings contained in the Tugu Pedang are:

§  The unsheathed straight sword is a typical weapon of the ancestors of the Merangin people in ancient times.

§  The yellow ornate crown under the sword shows that the Merangin people have 24 sub-districts.

§  The 4-sided wings under the crown symbolize the wings of the Kuau bird (a bird-like animal typical of the Merangin animal).

§  Gojong traditional house symbolizes Merangin with customs.

§  The Sungkai Stone which is located on the edge of the fountain is a feature of the Merangin Geopark.


Patung Putri Mutiara Sekarbela

Contributor: Esti EE

Artwork Location: Mataram


The statue of a princess carrying a shell containing pearls is located in the city of Mataram. In the past this statue came out of water from pearl shells that flowed down and looked very beautiful. This statue is a sign that at that location there are pearl crafts made by the local community, so the government builds an MCC (Mutiara Craft Center) art market at the location of the statue.

Patung Ir. Soekarno and Moh. Hatta

Contributor: Tjia An Bing

Artwork Location: Surabaya


The statues of the first President and Vice President of Indonesia reading the proclamation text are inside the Surabaya Heroes Monument complex. This statue is located among the tall pillars of the remains of the colonial court building (Raad van Justitie Building) which was used as the headquarters of the military police during the Japanese occupation.

Kehidupan di Batavia

Artwork Location: Jakarta


In the early 1970s, the UN representative proposed to Ali Sadikin, Governor of DKI Jakarta, to revitalize the old and historic areas in Jakarta, to develop the tourism sector. The proposal was accepted and Ali Sadikin summoned several artists (including Harijadi Sumadidjaja and S. Sudjojono) to create interesting artworks for the former City Hall which was converted into the Jakarta History Museum “Fatahillah”. Initially, Harijadi Sumadidjaja planned to paint on a 20 m² canvas which would be displayed in one of the museum's rooms. In fact, he actually made a mural directly on the wall surface covering an area of ​​​​200 m². However, the top of the six-meter-high mural was still a colorless sketch and was not completed by Harijadi until the end of his life.


This mural, which was done in 1974, depicts the situation that occurred in Batavia between the years 1880-1920's. Harijadi draws hundreds of characters, objects, and places in his murals. The characters drawn have various backgrounds. Starting from Dutch East Indies officials, Europeans, Chinese, Arabs, Javanese and Malays. In addition, it also describes a number of iconic areas in Batavia such as the Jatinegara station, Harmoni, Kota, Tanjung Priok, the Amsterdam gate, and the Ciliwung River. There are also pictures of transportation that existed in Batavia at that time, ranging from wagons, bicycles, cars, to trams.

Ku Yakin Sampai Di Sana

Contributor: Sonya Eka Puspita

Artwork Location: Jakarta


The vortex-shaped statue in the yard of the Museum Nasional has always been an eye-catching spot for both museum visitors and pedestrians walking on the sidewalks along Medan Merdeka Barat Street. Ku Yakin Sampai Disana Statue is the artwork of a well-known Balinese sculptor, Nyoman Nuarta. Ku Yakin Sampai Disana Statue means that no matter how big the obstacles, if we fight for it with full of enthusiasm, we will achieve the maximum results.

Patung Arjuna Wijaya

Contributor: Sonya Eka Puspita

Artwork Location: Jakarta


Arjuna Wijaya Statue or people usually called as Horse Statue. The statue is always as the benchmark every time it passes through the capital's first ring road. The figure behind this statue is the famous artist from Bali, Nyoman Nuarta. Arjuna Wijaya itself means Arjuna's victory, which is tells of his victory in defending the truth and his courage. Apart from this, there are also other philosophies that are embedded in the form of 8 horses pulling Arjuna's chariot. These horses are 8 symbols of the leadership of the universe or “Asta Brata”, namely Kisma (earth), Surya (sun), Agni (fire), Kartika (star), Baruna (ocean), Samirana (wind), Tirta (rain/water), and Candra (moon).

Tugu Pahlawan

Artwork Location: Jakarta


“Hanja Bangsa jang menghargai pahlawan-pahlawanja dapat mendjadi bangsa jang besar” – Merely a nation that respects its heroes could become a great nation. (Written in Indonesian old spelling)


Tugu Pahlawan (Heroes Monument) or more popularly known as Tugu Tani was ordered by President Soekarno from the Russian sculptor, Matvey Genrikhovich Manizer and his son Ossip Manizer. Soekarno then invited them to Indonesia to work on a monument about the struggle of the Indonesian people.

At that time what was meant was the struggle to liberate West Irian from the shackles of Dutch colonization. Then the two sculptors got an inspiration for the statue to be made. In a village in West Java, they got a story about a mother who sent her son off to the battlefield. To encourage the child's courage and determination to win the struggle and at the same time to always remember his parents and his homeland, the mother provides provisions (in the form of rice) to her son.

This online exhibition has a very unique concept and flow of exhibitions, if usually online exhibitions have the concept of a showroom filled with various collections, this time the front page of the exhibition is displayed with a map of Indonesia, where exhibition visitors can freely choose which collections they want to see first without any exhibition space boundaries that need to be followed. Always looking forward to enjoying another exhibition at the National Gallery of Indonesia!


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National Gallery of Indonesia

Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No. 14, Jakarta 10110



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