Indonesian Eye: Fantasies and Realities

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Indonesian Eye: Fantasies and Realities

Duke of York's HQ
King's Road
London SW3 4SQ
United Kingdom
September 1st, 2011 - October 9th, 2011

chelsea, belgravia
Sun-Sat 10-6; last entry 5:30pm
installation, sculpture


Indonesian Eye, presented by Prudential, is Europe's first major exhibition of Indonesian contemporary art. Following its successful launch in Jakarta, this unique and exciting collection will now travel to the Saatchi Gallery in London. This exhibition offers the opportunity to view works by Indonesian artists and provides a platform for the country's contemporary art scene to reach an international audience.

Indonesian Eye: Fantasies and Realities comprises a selection of paintings, sculptures and installations by 18 Indonesian artists. The theme of the exhibition, Fantasies and Realities, pays tribute to Indonesia's ancient myths and legends, while also reflecting the influence of modern Indonesia. Satirical paintings will be shown alongside works offering comment on present day Indonesian society. Several works employ traditional materials to highlight the country's rapidly changing society. Some of the works also refer to the influence of Indonesia's Dutch colonial past.

Works from the following emerging and established artists will be exhibited in London: Nindityo Adipurnomo, Samsul Arifin, Ay Tjoe Christine, Andy Dewantoro, Heri Dono, Eddie Hara, Mella Jaarsma, Jompet Kuswidananto, Rudi Mantofani, Wiyoga Muhardanto, Edo Pillu, Julius Ariadhitya Pramuhendra, Angki Purbandono, Haris Purnomo, Agung Mangu Putra, Wedhar Riyadi and Farhan Siki.

Artworks in the exhibition have all been selected by an international curatorial team comprising Serenella Ciclitira, curator and Co-founder of Parallel Contemporary Art; Tsong-zung Chang, Guest Professor of China Art Academy in Hangzhou and Director of Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong; and Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery. Three Indonesian curators: Jim Supangkat, critic and chief curator of CP Foundation, Jakarta; Asmudo Jono Irianto, an independent curator; and Farah Wardani, Executive Director of Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA) collaborated with the curatorial team.

Commenting on the exhibition Tidjane Thiam, Group Chief Executive of Prudential plc, said "Prudential is honoured to support the first contemporary Indonesian art exhibition in Europe celebrating the rich artistic culture of the country. The Indonesian Eye is a significant step in highlighting Indonesia's artistic development on the international stage, and I am delighted that Prudential is able to support this. The exhibition illustrates the growing international status of South East Asia, not only from an economic perspective but also a cultural one. We are privileged to be associated with this exciting and innovative initiative."

Barry Stowe, Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia, said: "Prudential is proud to have this opportunity to bring international attention to Indonesia's rich cultural heritage by showcasing the creative artworks in Jakarta and London. We have been operating in Indonesia since 1995 and our principal sponsorship of Indonesian Eye demonstrates our continued commitment to contributing to this dynamic country's development and transformation."

Nigel Hurst, Chief Executive of the Saatchi Gallery said: "The exhibition in Jakarta was a great success. Therefore, we are thrilled to be working with Indonesian Eye and Prudential again to bring such exciting art works to London and to the Saatchi Gallery. This exhibition will be the first major Indonesian art exhibition in the UK and will serve as a real eye opener for our audience and international visitors to Indonesian culture."

The exhibition's co-curator, Serenella Ciclitira said: "More so than their Asian counterparts, Indonesian artists focus on a local appropriation of culture and express it in a fresh and unique way. They bring together fantastic elements such as computer games, advertising, magazines and comics whilst addressing the real challenges to Indonesian society brought about by rapid economic growth. And here we have a wide canvas made up of myths, realities and child's play mixed with a more abstract and realistic artistic expression."

"It's been a pleasure for all of us at Parallel Contemporary Art working with so many artists, and we would like to thank Prudential and the Saatchi Gallery for their enthusiasm and support for this exhibition."

A book, entitled "Indonesian Eye: Indonesian Contemporary Art", has been published by SKIRA, to coincide with the opening of the exhibition in Jakarta. The book, edited by Serenella Ciclitira presents over 500 works by 74 contemporary Indonesian artists. The book will be distributed worldwide by Thames & Hudson and by Rizzoli in the United States.

Furthermore, to accompany the exhibition, Indonesian Eye will be launching an iPad app which will offer the viewer an innovative way of accessing information about the exhibition and the artists.

Prudential Corporation Asia is the lead sponsor of Indonesian Eye with the Financial Times as the global media partner. For more information about Indonesian Eye, please visit the website