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Art Stage Jakarta announces fair programme for 2017
Srihadi Sudarsono, Kebyar Dancer by Tara, 1980, Oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm_Image courtesy of Andi's Gallery.

JAKARTA.- Art Stage Jakarta, Indonesia’s premium international art fair, announced today its full programme for the second edition of the Fair in Jakarta. In 2017, Art Stage Jakarta includes a stellar lineup of leading Indonesian and international galleries; cutting-edge art projects by Indonesian, Southeast Asian and European artists; events and activities that go beyond the fairground and the launch of an art award recognising the very best of the Indonesian art world. Underscoring this year’s Fair programme is Art Stage Jakarta’s commitment to and support of Indonesian art, its role as the bridge between the global art world and Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest and most dynamic contemporary art scene, and its position as a matchmaker bringing the diverse and distinct Southeast Asian art scenes together to create a stronger and more united Southeast Asian art market. Art Stage Jakarta takes place at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City from 11 to 13 August 2017.

“The success of Art Stage Jakarta’s initial edition last year, and the accompanying confidence and trust in the seriousness and professionalism of the Fair, has given us the strength and an even stronger belief in our mission to blaze the trail for Indonesian art at home and internationally. With this in mind, we have, this year, created an art fair that is not only bigger in size in terms of the number of participating international and local galleries, but also in terms of content, reach and geography. Through the many activities and events and the creation of an art week in Jakarta, we will continue to contribute to Jakarta’s growing reputation as an art capital. Together with our partners and the city of Jakarta, we will make a mark for Indonesia on the global art map,” says Lorenzo Rudolf, Founder and President, Art Stage Jakarta.

Exhibitor List
Attesting to Art Stage Jakarta’s professionalism, high standards and quality, 60 of the best galleries from Indonesia, Southeast Asia and the world converge in Jakarta for the second edition of the Fair, making Art Stage Jakarta truly Indonesia’s international premium art fair. Of the participating galleries, 24 are from Indonesia. The Fair presents 36 international galleries from Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States of America.

In addition to several returning galleries, many international and Indonesian galleries will be participating in Art Stage Jakarta for the very first time and making their debut in Indonesia. Among the first-time exhibitors that will be presenting world-class artworks are Arario Gallery, from Korea; Tomio Koyama, ShugoArts, Gallery Tamenega, Whitestone Gallery from Japan; Edouard Malingue Gallery, Parkview Art Hong Kong, Puerto Roja from Hong Kong; Chalk Horse from Australia. Art:1 from Jakarta as well as Ark Galerie and Sangkring Art Space from Yogyakarta will also have their first presentations at the Fair.

As a fair that strongly supports and fosters multi -disciplinary art, Art Stage Jakarta will host a special interactive art project by up-and-coming Indonesian collective Double Deer made up of Indonesian artists and musicians who work at the intersection of art, music and science. Their installations titled Transform and Undisplay bring together these different elements that reveal the cutting edge of art, science and music.

Off The Wall
In both Europe and Southeast Asia, the spread of graffiti as an art form and a way of life has grown very quickly with the development of the Internet and the possibility of the artists to share their art with a wider audience through the use of social networks. Art Stage Jakarta presents Off The Wall - Europe Meets ASEAN, an exhibition in which urban artists from two different parts of the world—Europe and Southeast Asia—come together to present innovative urban art. Understanding how urban art has added vibrancy and life to urban centres of the world, the exhibition brings together and juxtaposes street artists from Belgium, France, Spain Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Italy and the Czech Republic with artists from Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

Among the participating artists are well-known names from the international urban art scene such as Seth from France, Great Bates from Denmark, Chekos Art from Italy, Scope from Singapore, Egg Fiasco from the Philippines and Rukkit from Thailand, to name a few. From Indonesia, artists Tuyuloveme and Farhan Siki will be presenting their art. The exhibition will also feature collaborative works such as the four-by two-metre piece by Farhan Siki and Chekos Art. Both artists have been working on this piece in Yogyakarta which will make its debut at Art Stage Jakarta.

The Art Square
Beyond the fairground at Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel, ART STAGE Jakarta will also be expanding to the atrium of the Gandaria City Mall with a new section called The Art Square. As a fair whose mission is to foster the Indonesian art scene, this new section of the Fair offers art institutions, organisations, art groups, young galleries, education centres and non-profit groups a chance to participate in an art fair. For many such organisations, participation in art fairs is generally beyond their means, given the costs involved. However, in line with Art Stage Jakarta’s mission, the Fair launched the new initiative—The Art Square—that would allow such organisations to take part in the Fair. This is an important step for ART STAGE Jakarta to involve the art ecosystem of Indonesia, making it an exceptional art fair that is for the entire Indonesian art scene, from the established players to the young and up-and-coming ones. Among the participants at the inaugural The Art Square are Biennale Yogyakarta, Jakarta Biennale, Nasi Goreng Diplomacy and Papermoon Puppet Theatre. The Art Square opens on 9 August and will be on until 13 August.

Art Stage Jakarta Week Bringing art to the people beyond the fairground, ART STAGE Jakarta conceived and created the Art Stage Jakarta Week, the first-of-its-kind art event in Jakarta that gathers various activities together in one week celebrating art. With the Fair as an anchor event, Art Stage Jakarta Week will position and promote Jakarta as a stunning and internationally competitive art capital. Bringing together a diverse range of activities and events by various cultural institutions, ART STAGE Jakarta Week shows the richness of the cultural landscape in Indonesia and the growing dynamism of Jakarta’s art calendar.

Among others, the Galeri Nasional Indonesia, the Museum MACAN, the Museum Seni Rupa & Keramik, the Art:1 New Museum, the Goethe-Institut Jakarta, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Institut Français d'Indonésie and the Erasmus Huis will be presenting exhibitions, art talks, workshops, art tours and other such events. Special exhibitions and events will also be taking place at many local galleries in the city such as ROH Projects, D Gallerie, Redbase Art, Can’s Gallery, Nadi Gallery, Sunrise Art Gallery, RUCI Art Space, Salihara Gallery, CGArtspace. The coming together of these activities and events in a single art week around Art Stage Jakarta reflects the widespread support that the Fair receives from the diverse groups within the art and cultural community in Jakarta.

Events and activities of Art Stage Jakarta Week include shows such as the exhibition of artworks from the Presidential Collection of the Republic of Indonesia at the Galeri Nasional Indonesia and the ANIMANIX Biennale - Jakarta Series: Myth and Science presented by Art:1 New Museum, Dutch Comic & Animation - The Next Generation at the Erasmus Huis and art talks such as The FRACs (French Regional Collections of Contemporary Art) at the heart of Cultural Policy and Artistic Creation organised by Institut Français d'Indonésie. Art Stage Jakarta Week will open on 7 August and will run until 13 August 2017.

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