Indonesia’s Museum MACAN to Showcase Basquiat and Kusama

Indonesia is agog with the impending arrival of the country’s first contemporary art museum: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (or Museum MACAN).

The museum’s exterior. All photos are courtesy of Museum MACAN.

Fans will now have the opportunity to see the works of the biggest names in the art world when the 2,000-square-meter space opens on November 4. The Kebon Jeruk museum will have 800 pieces in its collection, from both local and international artists. Definite crowd drawers will be the works of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose reputation continues to gain prominence years after his death (one of his paintings sold for more than US$110 million this May); and Japanese icon Yayoi Kusama, whose polka-dotted pieces have proven to be a hit among millennial selfie-taking visitors at National Gallery Singapore.

Director Aaron Seeto

The museum is a project of luxury developer and philanthropist Haryanto Adikoesoemo, who chose the former curatorial manager of Queensland Art Gallery, Aaron Seeto, to serve as the museum’s director. Aside from giving locals the opportunity to see Basquiat and Kusama’s pieces, it will also serve as a platform for Indonesian masters to showcase their art. The opening exhibit, titled “Art Turns. World Turns. Exploring the Collection of Museum MACAN” will display the art of Raden Saleh, S. Sudjojono, FX Harsono, and Arahmaiani.

Yayoi-Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room Brilliance of the Souls”

To know how you can get tickets, visit their website or their Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/museummacan/.

Sindudarsono-Sudjojono’s “Ngaso”

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