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ArtJog 9: Universal Influence

Close to 100 artworks showcased the state of Indonesian contemporary art scene today.

Jogja National Museum (JNM) at Wirobrajan, Yogyakarta was the center of Mandiri ART|JOG|9 that opened on Friday, May 27. The ninth edition of Indonesia’s biggest art fair featured 97 works from 72 artists from Indonesia and beyond. This year, the event was a strictly invite-only for participating artists. Prestige was one the media partners.

Heri Pemad, President of ArtJog, welcomed around 50 VIP guests to the private preview and opening. Among them was King of Kraton Nyayogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X. At the opening, over 3,000 visitors came to soak in artworks themed Universal Influence. That night, art enthusiasts, artists and celebrities mingled over thought-provoking works on the wall. The annual theme itself described the two-way influential relationship between art and civilization.

Among the participants were some of Indonesia’s most prolific names in contemporary art, including Djoko Pekik, FX Harsono, Eko Nugroho and Heri Dono. The committee disclosed to us that Djoko Pekik’s Sirkus Adu Badak was the most expensive artwork at the event. Newer names including Dhanank Pambayun and Abdi Setiawan captivated with their out-of-the-box works. In addition, familiar names like Davy Linggar dan Garin Nugroho presented their works. Davy exhibited a series of arty photos he had become famous for, while Garin made a tribute to Salvador Dali and Georges Méliès.

To read about our ArtJog review, click here.