Stunning sculptures and installations by a number of renowned artists will be impressively displayed at the lush manicured lawns of Hutan Kota by Plataran for Art Jakarta Gardens 2023. Held from 7 to 12 February 2023, the outdoor garden exhibition presents displays and programs catered specially to entice young art enthusiasts, though all are welcome to witness the eclectic collection.

Art Jakarta Gardens is back to brighten the art scene, hoping to encourage a new paradigm in Indonesia’s creative scene. This second edition of the event promises to present more than just an open-air art fair, which features 25 contemporary sculptures and installations in collaboration with 22 art galleries. “The works in this art fair focuses on sculptures and installations which are appropriately exhibited outdoors,” shares Enin Supriyanto, Artistic Director Art Jakarta Gardens. These placements are deliberate, hoping to inspire the use of such art pieces in Jakarta’s public spaces in the future. Furthermore, a variety of workshops and musical performances aim to entice young visitors to reengage with arts and the exhibition.

A designated section called the Sculpture Garden, will feature outdoor sculptures by artists, such as Adi Gunawan, the late Ashley Bickerton, Gregorius Papadimitriou, Nyoman Nuarta, Richard Winkler, and Yim Yen Sum. Meanwhile, the indoor exhibition area will consist of two bespoke tents to cater 22 prominent art galleries.

There’s also a special presentation of FX Harsono, a Blitar-born internationally acclaimed artist, will be on of the highlights this year with his installation work, The Light of Journey, which will be placed in a specially designed by this/PLAY.

The studio Digital Nativ, which expertly combines art, craftmanship, and technology will also present Aquifer, supported by iForte, in a bid to call for attention to Jakarta’s groundwater. Gaspack, a web 3.0 company, will collaborate with the artist Abenk Alter for a thrilling NFT activation.

Another collaboration, between Kandura Studio and Of Animo will organize pottery art workshops for visitors. There is also guided tours for vistiors to join during the event. Meanwhile, Casion, a charging and switching network for electrical mobility, will display exquisite charging stations designed by the artists Naufal Abshar, Karafuru, Tutugraff, and Rizal Hasan.

Furthermore, the event will also stage performance art which will be presented by artist from the network Wof performance art and experimental sound art. In a happening entitled Intraplay, the artist Dimas E. Prasinggih, Ishvara Devati, Kurt Peterson, Aldo Ahmad, Jason Noghani, Monica Hapsari, and Orcy World (Gilang Anom M.M.) will respond to Hutan Hota’s space and Art Jakarta Garden’s environment, taking inspiration from the spirit of the free structure of their predecessors.

And for the music performances as a new addition of the event’s programme this year, the event collaborates with Sofar Sounds Jakarta with the support of Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation. Sofar Sounds is part of a platform that reimagines live events through curated, secret performances in intimate settings in more than 350 cities around the world. In Art Jakarta Gardens, Sofar Sounds Jakarta will present an excellent line up which will be revealed at the fair.

The exhibition is open to the public from 8 to 12 February 2023, with specific time slots for visitation. Tickets are required.

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Sari Widiati

Sari Widiati

Sari has been an arts and culture enthusiast for many years. She has written extensively on the arts, travel, and social issues as Features Writer at NOW! Jakarta.