Indonesia to Get its First Modern and Contemporary Art Museum in 2017

A rendering of the Museum MACAN facade.COURTESY MUSEUM MACAN

A rendering of the Museum MACAN facade.


A new institution in Jakarta, Indonesia, will be the country’s first museum focused on international modern and contemporary art. Set to open in early 2017, Museum MACAN, which stands for Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, will take over a 43,000-square-foot space near the center of the Indonesian capital, and will put on shows culled from the 800-work collection of its founder and bankroller, businessman Haryanto Adikoesoemo.

Dr. Thomas J. Berghuis, the former curator of Chinese art at the Guggenheim in New York, will serve as the new museum’s first director.

“Jakarta is one of the most dynamic artistic centers in the world, and Indonesia has long been home to countless talented and experimental artists working in all genres,” Adikoesoemo said in a press release. “I am delighted to be able to provide the public with the kind of high-caliber arts institution that Indonesia deserves, and to support and expand the existing creative industries and diverse artistic communities. Museum MACAN aims to fill a void in Indonesia, and is committed to exchange with other museums, and to strengthening the network of cultural institutions and artists in the area that are creating an increasingly vibrant and supportive environment for the arts and culture across Southeast Asia and beyond.”

In addition to a comprehensive selection of work by modern and contemporary Indonesian artists, Adikoesoemo’s collection includes work by Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, and Frank Stella.

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