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Indonesia to open its first International Modern Art Museum

Indonesia will open its first museum dedicated to international modern and contemporary art which is set for a 2017 opening in Jakarta.

The gallery will be a private institution called the Museum MACAN, which stands for Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara and it is being financed by the president of PT AKR Corporindo and AKR Land Development, Haryanto Adikoesoemo.

Just last year, the businessman joined the board of trustees at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Thomas J. Berghuis is in charge as the director of the museum and he will join a thriving art scene in Indonesia. He was previously the curator of Chinese art at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

While attending Art Stage Singapore on Saturday, Mr Adikoesoemo told The New York Times that he wants Museum MACAN to develop and advance the understanding of Indonesians about art and the appreciation of art.

“I also want this museum to help cross-pollinate exchanges with Indonesia and the world, to provide a platform for Indonesian art internationally and to bring international art to Indonesia,” he adds.

Currently, the 43,000 square-foot museum is under construction and will be located outside the city center in the Kebon Jeruk district of West Jakarta. It will occupy a whole floor of a building that will also include offices, apartments, a hotel and retail area.

According to Mr. Berghuis, the museum will focus on exchanges between Indonesia and the international art world.

(Photo Source: nytimes.com)

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