Jakarta’s Answer To MoMA: The MACAN

The Museum MACAN houses a supreme collection of modern art.

​Indonesian businessman and philanthropist Haryanto Adikoesoemo owns one of the world’s most significant collections of modern art.

Built up over 25 years, Adikoesoemo’s 800-piece collection comprises 50 percent blue-chip international artists such as Mark Rothko, Park Seo-Bo, Gerhard Richter, Damien Hirst, Robert Rauschenberg, Yayoi Kusama and Jean-Michel Basquiat, with the other half by top Indonesian artists.

After a decade of planning, he has opened the doors of a new art museum housing his collection in Jakarta, open to the public and featuring special children’s programmes.

Museum MACAN (the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara), will open to the public from early November, coinciding with the Jakarta Biennale and Biennale Jogja.

Located in the up-and-coming Kebon Jeruk neighbourhood of West Jakarta, the museum marks a milestone in the development of the Indonesian art scene. The 4,000-square-metre museum has been design by MET Studio in London, and will be the first purpose-built space of its kind in Indonesia.

The inaugural exhibition, ‘Art Turns. World Turns. Exploring the Collection of Museum MACAN’, will showcase artworks by Indonesian masters and international artists, and will be on show until March 2018.

Co-curated by Charles Esche and Agung Hujatnika, around 90 carefully selected works by more than 70 artists from Asia, Europe and the US will be shown, giving an insight into Indonesian art history to the public. Some works have not been exhibited publicly for decades, including works by Sudjana Kerton, Trubus Soedarsono and Nashar.

The museum will have a children’s art space hosting a series of commissions aimed at young visitors. The first will be a space exploring ‘floating gardens’ by artist Entang Wiharso. These commissions relate to the exhibitions on view, and are aimed as entry points to artworks and the exhibitions on view.

“Education is a core mission of Museum MACAN. The museum offers a variety of programmes catering to the different needs of our visitors. These programmes relate to the art on view and change regularly,” says director Aaron Seeto.

“We are committed to making art accessible to the wider public, especially young people and children. Partnering with local schools, we provide educational resource materials for teachers and educators to help engage their students with art beyond the walls of our museum. We are also committed to help develop a healthy art ecology and landscape for art in Indonesia through internship opportunities and other educational training for young professionals that supports the development of artistic, curatorial, and professional museum practices in Indonesia.”

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