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City Art Guide: Jakarta

ByThe Artling Team
City Art Guide: Jakarta

Indonesia is known for being one of the most vibrant art scenes in Asia, and its capital of Jakarta is a hub for this activity! If you're in the city then you should definitely check out what this burgeoning art scene has to offer; from museums to galleries and even pop-up exhibitions and private collections, you'll be immersed in the rich arts culture of Jakarta!

Quick Tips

Despite the notoriously terrible traffic, getting around Jakarta is pretty easy with modern conveniences like Uber. If you’re flagging a cab from the curb side, it would be advisable to stick to Bluebird or Express taxis. However, hiring a driver is the easiest and most convenient option when you’re in the city. Ojeks are another alternative similar to that of Tuk-Tuks in Bangkok and can manoeuvre through tight spots and small alleys, the only downside is that there’s no air-conditioning in the sweltering heat (also, there’s the Go-jek app that works just like Uber). 

The best time to go to Jakarta is the month between May and October, as it is considered the drier period of the year, although one can still expect sporadic showers across the months. November till April are considered the wetter months of the year, making it a less ideal time. Additionally, the middle of the year is choc-a-bloc full or art events, from Bazaar Art Jakarta in July to Art Stage Jakarta in August.

There are a variety of places to stay in Jakarta, depending on your budget. Many major hotel chains such as Raffles, Shangri-La, Fairmont, Four Season and Ritz-Carlton, all have a building or two in the capital. However, if you’re looking for a nice boutique hotel, Kosenda Hotel is a lovely new space to check out.


Commercial galleries 

Ruci Art Space 
Jl. Suryo 49, Blok S. Kebayoran Baru, 12180

Ruci Artspace 
Image courtesy of Indoartnow

Located in an industrial space in the hip locale of Senopati, Ruci Artspace is a relatively young gallery in the Indonesian contemporary art scene. The gallery hosts a regular rotation of solo and group exhibitions by emerging local artists such as Natisa Jones, Arkiv Vilmasa and Anton Ismael. 

ROH Projects 
Equity Tower 40E, Jl. Jend Sudirman, Kav. 52-53, 12190

Image courtesy of ROH Projects

Founded by Laksamana “Junior” Tirtadji in 2012, ROH Projects is an exciting space within Jakarta’s vibrant art scene. Shows exhibited include a mixture of local and regional guest artists, as well as represented artists from Bagus Pandegax, Syaiful Aulia Garibaldi and Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo. 


Edwin’s Gallery
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 21, Kemang 12730

Edwin’s Gallery 
Image courtesy of Edwin's Gallery

Established in 1984 by Edwin Rahardjo, Edwin’s Gallery is considered an institution in the commercial art scene in Jakarta. The gallery shows both modern and contemporary Indonesian artists from artists such as Affandi, Le Mayeur, and S. Sudjojono, to Henri Dono, I Nyoman Masriadi and Christine Ay Tjoe.


Nadi Gallery
Jl. Kembang Indah III, Block G3 No.4-5, Kembangan Selatan, 11610

Nadi Gallery 
Image courtesy of Nadi Gallery 

Nadi Gallery was founded by a young collector of Indonesian art Biantoro Santoso in 2000. Exhibitions hosted by Nadi Gallery are produced in partnership with guest or independent curators, with the goal of showcasing works by Indonesian and international artists. Nadi Gallery has shown works by artists such as Agus Suwage, Handiwirman Saputra, and Jumaldi Alfi, just to name a few.


Sunrise Art Gallery
Hotel Fairmont Jakarta, #201-202, Jl. Asia Afrika, Komplek Senayan, Gelora Bung Karno, 10270

Sunrise Art Gallery 
Image courtesy of Sunrise Art Gallery

Located in the prestigious Fairmont Jakarta, Sunrise Art Gallery showcases both young and established international artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara and Sri Astari Rasjid. Sunrise also has a sister store Sunrise Arcade, featuring beautiful Indonesian and Japanese design items and artworks that make great souvenirs. 



Art:1 New Museum
Jl. Rajawali Selatan Raya No. 3, 10720

Art:1 New Museum
Image courtesy of Art:1 New Museum

Established in 1983, and previously known as Mon Décor Gallery, Art:1 New Museum is a private museum as well as a gallery with a 4,000sqm space. Art:1 New Museum focuses on exhibitions featuring works by Indonesian old masters, as well as modern and contemporary artists, while Art Space:1 arranges art exhibitions by emerging contemporary artists. 


Museum of Modern And Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN)
AKR Tower Level MM, Jalan Panjang, No. 5 Kebon Jeruk, 11530

Museum MACAN
Image courtesy of Museum MACAN

With an exhibition space of over 4,000 square meters, the Museum of Modern And Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN) is the first museum dedicated entirely to international modern and contemporary art. With about half the works drawn from collector Haryanto Adikoesoemo’s personal collection, expect Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room, and sculptures by Chinese artist Ju Ming! 


Duta Fine Arts Foundation
Jl. Kemang Utara 55A, South Jakarta 12730

Duta Fine Arts Foundation
Image courtesy of JKTGO

Situated in the heart of Kemang, this tranquil oasis is a gallery and museum and is cited to have pioneered the arts in Asia. Duta Fine Arts was also the first art institution to promote young artists. 


The National Gallery of Indonesia
Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No. 14, 10110

National Gallery of Indonesia 
Image courtesy of National Gallery of Indonesia

The National Gallery of Indonesia is a museum and art gallery for modern and contemporary art.  It features both a permanent collection as well as a heavy rotation of temporary exhibitions. The museum houses almost 2000 works by a wide variety of local and international names such as Zao Wou Ki, Sonia Delaunay, Popo Iskandar and Soedibio, just to name a few.


National Museum of Indonesia
Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.12, 10110

National Museum of Indonesia
Image courtesy of National Museum of Indonesia

In contrast to the National Gallery of Indonesia, the National Museum of Indonesia focuses on cultural and historical artifacts. Featuring about 140 000 objects dating all the way from the pre-historic period, the museum showcases a rich collection of historical ceramics and textile art, amongst various other objects.


Private Collections

Indonesian art collectors are well-known for being passionate about supporting the local arts scene, which is largely funded by private individuals. They are also known to be a very sharing group of collectors, opening up their homes so that they can share their own journey of art collecting with those who are equally passionate about art. Invitations to these places are rare, but if you do come across them you should definitely jump at the chance to catch a glimpse into a different facet of the local art scene. 


Akili Museum of Art 
Jl. Komplek Mutiara Kedoya, Block A1-1 JKLM, 11520

Akili Museum of Art
Image courtesy of Akili Museum of Art

The Akili Museum of Art is a private museum set up by Rudy Akili in 2006. It features works by some of the most avant-garde burgeoning artists in Indonesia, as well as prominent modernist artists, alongside other regional artists such as Ronald Ventura, Chen Yifei and Jiraki Sawa.


Ciputra Museum
Jl. Prof. DR. Satrio, RT.18/RW.4 Karet Kuningan, Setia Budi Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota, 12940

Ciptura Museum
Image courtesy of Ciptura Museum

Ciputra Museum houses the art collection of Dr. Ir. Ciputra, which is divided into a section focusing on contemporary art, while the other is dedicated to a major collection of works by notable modern Indonesian artist Hendra Gunawan, of which Dr Ciputa was a friend and patron of. 

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