7 November, 2017 - 7 November, 2017

Indonesia’s First Contemporary Art Museum to Open in Jakarta


Indonesia will welcome its first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art this November.

Finally — yes, finally. We can almost hear this collective sigh of relief from art enthusiasts here. Indonesia will have its first worthy contemporary and modern art museum in November, and the private institution will be in Jakarta. Called the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, its acronym MACAN, also means ‘tiger’ in Javanese, a nod to its Indonesian heritage.

MACAN Museum Director Aaron Seeto

MACAN is the brainchild of avid collector and businessman Haryanto Adikoesoemo, who will permanently loan his private collection of some 800 art pieces to the museum for its exhibitions and events. Adikoesoemo’s collection, amassed over 25 years, is a 50-50 mix of Indonesian and international pieces, and features a wide range of noteworthy contemporary artists. It includes international ones like Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor and Yayoi Kusama; as well as celebrated Indonesian names such as Raden Saleh and Affandi.

Museum founder Haryanto Adikoesoemo

The museum occupies one of the floors in the new multipurpose landmark building, AKR Tower at Kebon Jeruk in west Jakarta. The 4,000 sqm space is designed by the London-based MET Studio Design, and slightly more than half the space will be for exhibition, alongside other uses for conservation, new commissioned works, and education.

Piped as the most exciting new art openings in the world, it is just as much anticipated by the Indonesians. It is a long overdue addition to Indonesia’s lacking art ecosystem, and a much-needed world-class institution for Indonesia’s rich but underrated artists and artworks.

Taking on the museum leadership is Sydney native Aaron Seeto, who was previously with QAGOMA, or Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, in Australia. He has 15 years of experience in Asian and Pacific art.

Find out more about MACAN from its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/museummacan, and its Instagram account, @museummacan.