What to Expect at Art Stage Jakarta 2017

The sophomore edition of the premier fair will showcase the best of Southeast Asia's art scene
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The sophomore edition of Art Stage Jakarta opens tomorrow and will be held over the weekend at Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel, owned by major Indonesian art collector Alex Tedja.

With Bank Mandiri as its main sponsor, this year's affair continues to be driven by Indonesian collectors. The fair’s Board of Art Patrons continues to be led by President Deddy Kusama, with Tom Tandio at the helm of Board of Young Collectors. This year, there will additionally be a new Board of Friends, representing Indonesian high society, led by Maria Lukito.

Left: 'Past..Present..Future..' (2015) by Besrizal Besta, Semarang Gallery

“Art Stage Jakarta 2017 offers visitors the platform to explore the artistic connections among Southeast Asian countries and discover cross-market opportunities,” says Lorenzo Rudolf, founder and President of Art Stage Singapore and Jakarta. “And of course, it presents an unparalleled experience of Indonesian contemporary art and personal encounters with the country’s community of collectors, artists and galleries.”

With its focus on the Indonesian art scene, this year's affair will feature approximately two dozen participating Indonesian galleries from Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Surabaya and Semarang, with many galleries returning to the fair after a successful outing in the first. Jakartan galleries lead the pack, including Nadi Gallery, ROH Projects, D Gallerie, Rachel Gallery and CAN’s Gallery. 

Fair visitors can look forward to discovering the best of art from not only Indonesia but also the rest of Southeast Asia, with the fair consisting of 50 galleries in all from Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul,Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and many more. FOST Gallery, which had previously brought only the works of Jimmy Ong, will be introducing to Indonesian collectors a wider selection of the gallery’s artists, including Heman Chong, Donna Ong, Jimmy Ong, Wyn-Lyn Tan.

“Art Stage Jakarta 2017 offers visitors the platform to explore the artistic connections among Southeast Asian countries and discover cross-market opportunities.” – Lorenzo Rudolf

Art Stage Jakarta has also unveiled a shortlist of nominees for its inaugural Indonesian Award for Authenticity, Leadership, Excellence, Quality, Seriousness in Art. The 13-award categories – which include Best Artist, Best Emerging Artist, Best Curator, and Best Art Publication – will be judged by an “academy” of between 100 and 200 recognised individuals within the Indonesian art scene. Nominees include Indonesian representative for the Venice Biennale 2017 Tintin Wulia for Best Artist, and Bandung-based gallery Lawangwangi for Best Gallery.

This edition of Art Stage Jakarta will also feature a forum on issues faced by countries in twenty-first century Southeast Asia. Other highlights include a segment titled ‘Off the Wall’, an exhibition featuring urban art from Europe and Southeast Asia, juxtaposed against each other, as well as a special interactive art project, ‘Transform and Undisplay’ by emerging collective Double Deer, that will combine elements of art, science and music.

For more information, visit Art Stage Jakarta.


Art Stage Jakarta
11 to 13 August 2017
Sheraton Grand Jakarta, Gandaria City Hotel



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