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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)