Jati Diri: Periskop Seni Rupa Indonesia

by Beata Primana
24th November 2016
Yayasan Mitra Museum highlights the importance of preserving our country’s national museums through their first exhibition Jati Diri in Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik.

Old, dilapidated and under-preserved. Those are some of the imageries one usually associate our country’s national museums with. The lack of love and appreciation for these institutions also spell trouble for our nation’s cultural heritage.

Fortunately, Yayasan Mitra Museum, a group of art and culture aficionados that consists of curators and artists band together with the aim of preserving museums and in turn, providing Indonesian artworks the attention they deserve.

Launched on the day of Indonesian National Museum Day on October 12th, 2016, the exhibition features 25 paintings and 10 sketches from post-war and the period of Independence. These paintings and artworks revealed stories, complexities, and ironies of the lives of Indonesians who lived amidst gruelling times in the particular period of Indonesian history.

Hung along the walls of Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics, east of Fatahillah Square, guests get to view paintings by artists like Ahmad Sadali, Hendra Gunawan and Srihadi, to name a few in the main exhibition room. While in another smaller, dim lit space, intricate ink sketches and intimate portraits are displayed.

The exhibition also serves a quick contemplation into our nation’s rich culture and history, regardless of how turbulent it was, that we, as Indonesians, ought to be reminded of.


The exhibition will run until January 12th, 2017 with a series of program, workshops and art market held within those three months.


Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik (Taman Fatahillah)

Jl. Pos Kota No.2

Visiting Hours:

Mon and Public Holidays: Closed

Tues-Sun: 9am – 5pm