Jakarta’s Museum MACAN Reopens This Week

New exhibitions put the spotlight on a talented crop of Southeast Asian artists and key works from the venue’s permanent collection.

Multiverses and futures (2017) by Olafur Eliasson. (Photo courtesy of Museum MACAN)

Almost a year after it was forced to temporarily close due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Indonesian capital’s leading modern and contemporary art institution will be physically welcoming visitors from tomorrow. For its reopening, Museum MACAN has announced an exciting lineup of exhibitions held in its 7,100-square-meter facility in West Jakarta’s Kebon Jeruk neighborhood. Leading the charge is “Stories Across Rising Lands”, which reflects the diversity of Southeast Asia by channeling the perspectives of local artists from eight different countries around the region. This showcase emphasizes each artist’s personal connections to the history and politics of their native lands through mediums such as video, installations, photography, painting, and video performance.

Meanwhile, “Semesta dan Angan / Multiverses and Dreams: Selections from the Collection of Museum MACAN” highlights important works by both international and local creators. These include pieces from the acclaimed Bandung-based painter and performance artist Tisna Sanjaya, installations by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, and Portrait of Grace Jones (1986) by late American pop artist Keith Haring. Museum MACAN has also extended its exhibition “Melati Suryodarmo: Why Let the Chicken Run?”, which originally opened in February 2020 as a retrospective on the 25-year career of one of Indonesia’s most well-known performance artists.

Indonesian artist Maharani Mancanagara’s installation Hikayat Wanatentrem (2018), featured in the exhibition “Stories Across Rising Lands.” (Photo courtesy of Museum MACAN)

Kids also have much to look forward to at the museum. The latest commission for the UOB Museum MACAN Children’s Art Space is Tales of Nowhere by Citra Sasmita; inspired by Balinese mythology and animal fables, it is the physical version of a showcase that was virtually launched last December. Visitors will get to see the young Balinese artist’s eight-meter scroll painting, meet various mythical animal characters and smell a variety of spices evoking the tales’ imaginary world. Another draw for all ages is the previously popular Color in Cave installation by Thai artist Mit Jai Inn, which is making a comeback.

Balinese artist Citra Sasmita at Museum MACAN. (Photo courtesy of Yeo Workshop)

New health and safety protocols have been introduced at Museum MACAN ahead of its reopening. Visitors are now required to complete a self-assessment health declaration by scanning a QR code, and face masks must be worn at all times, with museum-goers asked to maintain a distance of two meters between each other. Numbers of guests inside the gallery spaces will also be strictly limited; any transactions made in the premises must be cashless. For a limited time during its reopening, Museum MACAN is offering special ticket prices of Rp 56,000–70,000 for weekdays (Tuesdays to Fridays) and Rp 72,000–90,000 on weekends. Tickets can be booked online either through the institution’s official website museummacan.org or via Traveloka, Tiket.com, Go-Tix, and Klook.

Museum-goers will be able to choose one of four time slots on any given day, though tickets will be limited to 100 tickets per session. Once visitors arrive at the venue, no time limit for viewing the artworks will be imposed, with guests allowed to stay as long as they like within the museum’s operational hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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