“Sip! Indonesian Art Today” features sixteen artists from three generations at ARNDT Singapore.
The travelling exhibition “Sip! Indonesian Art Today”, which originated in Berlin and is currently showing at ARNDT Singapore (14 September to 20 October 2013), spans three generations of Indonesia’s artists, mapping the country’s journey from totalitarianism to booming democracy.
Click here to watch “Two Decades of Indonesian Contemporary Art“, a talk with Enin Supriyanto and gallerist Matthias Arndt from Art Basel Hong Kong 2013.
“Sip! Indonesian Art Today“, a travelling exhibition curated by Enin Supriyanto, originated in Berlin at ARNDT and is now showing at ARNDT Singapore at Gillman Barracks (14 September to 20 October 2013), before moving on to Australia and the United Kingdom.
The exhibition includes over forty works incorporating painting, sculpture, installation, photography and film by sixteen contemporary artists living and working in Indonesia today.
Artists in the exhibition
- FX Harsono
- Mella Jaarsma
- Agung Kurniawan
- Agus Suwage
- Christine Ay Tjoe
- Eko Nugroho
- Entang Wiharso
- Handiwirman Saputra
- Wedhar Riyadi
- Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo
- Syagini Ratna Wulan
- Rudi Mantofani
- J. Ariadhitya Pramuhendra
- Wiyoga Muhardanto
The participating artists represent three generations of Indonesian creativity, dating from the late 1970s to the present. Art from the late seventies to the late nineties reflects the socio-political changes that Indonesia underwent on its path to democracy. The second generation created art in the Reformation period, when Indonesia was still undergoing change, while third-generation artists find themselves working in the more stable environment of the last ten years.
The word “sip” in Bahasa Indonesian means good, great and outstanding. The longer the vowel sound (siiiip), the greater the emphasis and enthusiasm expressed.
Curator Enin Supriyanto
Indonesia-based independent curator Enin Supriyanto, speaking to Art Radar, explained how the exhibition began as a book idea, which then developed into a travelling exhibition. Supriyanto’s hope is that the project “can contribute more insights about the art scene in Indonesia to a larger audience.”
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