A Centenary Celebration of Hendra Gunawan
Indonesian company Ciputra Artpreuner will host two exhibitions in Jakarta as part of their art programme, 100 Years Hendra Gunawan - A Centenary Celebration. The programme commemorates Hendra’s 100th birth anniversary and will be in tandem with the Art Jakarta fair at the Pacific Place mall from Aug 2-5.
Entitled, Hendra Gunawan: Prisoner of Hope and Spektrum Hendra Gunawan, the exhibitions will open on Aug 5 at the Ciputra Museum and the Ciputra Gallery, respectively.
Prisoner of Hope will be a permanent exhibition comprising 32 works curated by Agus Dermawan T. and Aminudin TH Siregar.
The collection belongs to Ir. Ciputra, chairman of Ciputra Development.
This exhibition is said to be an homage to Hendra whom Ciputra described as, “an artist who was able to bring forth (the) theme of profound humanity.”
A press release from Cipurtra Artpreuner touts Prisoner of Hope as the “largest Hendra Gunawan exhibition to be presented in Indonesia.” It is also said to feature a significant number of Hendra’s works that have never been publicly exhibited.
The press release points out that, “Prisoner of Hope alludes to the 13 years that Hendra Gunawan spent in the Kebun Wara prison for his alleged activities with Lekra, the People’s Art Movement in Indonesia active in the 1950s and 60s. However, beyond this reference to Hendra’s physical imprisonment, the exhibition reflects upon the notion of hope that Hendra carried with him throughout his life.
“This hope manifested itself in the sacrifices he made for his first love - Indonesia, as he constantly strived to impart a sense of freedom, an artistic energy and a new vision to the Indonesian people. He pictured Indonesians as hardworking people, portrayed in most of his paintings as fishermen, farmers, market vendors, women and men toiling together in the fields, husbands and wives working hand-in-hand, children and parents being together as a family. He nurtured this hope right up to his death in Bali in 1983, leaving Indonesia and the world with the legacy of his ideas, ideals and art.”
Spektrum Hendra Gunawan, is said to highlight Hendra Gunawan’s importance and relevance to Indonesian contemporary art practices today. Curated by Rifky Effendy, the exhibition is said to be a contemporary response to Hendra Gunawan and his art.
Featuring works by 70 Indonesian contemporary artists, Spektrum Hendra Gunawan is, “seen as a form of tribute, honouring the art of Hendra Gunawan by way of reading, contemplating and re-experiencing the many aspects found in his artistic praxis.”
“The works in the exhibition offer new perspectives and discourse into Hendra Gunawan’s art, reinterpreting it vis-à-vis today’s contemporary art practices.”
The works demonstrate the diversity of media, from conventional art techniques such as painting, sculpture, or ceramics, to new media works, video, assemblage, installations and photography.
Among the 70 artists are Agung Kurniawan, Agustina Sitompul, Arkiv Vilmansa, Davy Linggar, Eddy Susanto, Eldwin Pradipta, Erika Ernawan, Franziska Fennert, Galam Zulkifli, Hanafi, Heri Dono, Jumaldi Alfi, Made Wianta, Mella Jaarsma, Nasirun, Nindityo Adipurnomo, Otty Widasari, Patricia Oentario, Putu Sutawijaya, Theresia, Rancajale and Ugo Untoro.
For more details, visit: www.ciputraartpreneur.com