Along this year, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN) has fantastic exhibitions both from renowned local and global artists. Chiharu Shiota – Uncertain Journey (2016-2019). Photo courtesy of Museum MACAN/NOW!JAKARTA

Since its opening in November 2017, Museum Macan continues to attract public attention, especially art fanatics, thanks to its stunning exhibitions and programs that invite interest for various circles, from its first solo exhibition for Arahmaiani, The Past has not Passed exhibition that featured over 70 works from the 1980s to the present, Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei’s presentation to the first and largest exhibition by Chinese artist Xu Bing.

”We are looking forward to displaying big-scale exhibition of works from Melati Suryodarmo, Julian Rosefeldt, Agus Suwage and Chiharu Shiota for 2020. What we aspire to achieve through this year’s program is to provide our audiences exposure to relevant and exciting art experiences, whether that is the first major institutional survey exhibition of an Indonesian artists, or the premiere presentation of a significant international work to Indonesian and South East Asian audiences,” according to Aaron Seeto, Director of Museum MACAN.

The museum has released the program’s schedule for this year. Moreover, it also continues to expand and utilize areas for presentation and showcase, including the rooftop terrace on level six which will be unveiled as a new space for exhibitions.

Julian Rosefeldt – Manifesto (2015). InstView Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris (2017).

Starting from 29 February to 31 March, the museum showcases a major video work of German artist Julian Rosefeldt. Called Manifesto, a 13-channel film presentation features actress Cate Blanchett in 12 different roles performing various artists manifestos from across the 20 century including Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus, Situationists and Dogma 95, as well as writings of artists, poets, architects, performers and filmmakers such as Kazimir Malevich, Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Andre Breton, Bruno TAut, Lebbeus Woods, Yvonne Rainer and Jim Jarmusch. This presentation is organised in partnership with Art Gallery of New South Wales. Blanchett and Rosefeldt’s first collaboration premiered in December 2015 at the Australian Center and becomes its own history for the world of contemporary art.

Melati Suryodarmo – Eins und Eins, performed at ‘First Sight’, Museum MACAN, 2017

Still in February, alongside Manifesto until 31 May, the museum also presents Why Let the Chicken Run? by Melati Suryodarmo, Indonesia’s leading contemporary artist known for her physically-challenging, long-duration acts. The artist’s first museum survey that will showcase major performance works which are informed by ideas of the body and influences from both her formative years in Solo, East Java and her studies in Germany, where she learned from iconic performance artist Marina Abramovic and dancer/choreographer Butoh Anzu Furukawa. The exhibition delves into Suryodarmo’s performance art practice with artefacts, documents and live performances with duration 15 minutes to 12 hours on certain days for 13 weeks.

Indonesia’s renowned contemporary artist, Agus Suwage, will take part of the museum’s program in July to October. The Theater of Me is a major survey exhibition that draws on the artist’s self-portraiture, a signature element in his artistic practice since 1980s. His works are social commentaries of the society, layered with tragedy, satire, irony, comedy and reference to popular culture.

Agus Suwage – Self-Portrait as Politicians (2019).

The museum will also bring Chiharu Shiota’s The Soul Trembles in November to February 2021 which displays recognizably beautiful complex installation of red and black webs of yarn which stretch and loom across spaces. This exhibition is the biggest and most comprehensive of the Berlin-based Japanese artist of her 20-year practice, showcasing Shiota’s ability in giving visual forms to abstract experiences within our consciousness, including memories, thought, fears, dreams and silence. The exhibition will display about 100 works, including six large-scale installations and documentation of her early performances.

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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.