MACAN Will Be Jakarta Museum of Contemporary Art

Jakarta is due to get a new exciting cultural institution in 2017. “MACAN” -nothing to do with food as the homonym means “eating” in Indonesian language- is the acronym standing for Museum of Modern And Contemporary Art Nusantara° will become the centre of all the contemporary creation in Indonesia’s capital from next year. The institution is financed by an Indonesian tycoon and businessman, Haryanto Adikoesoemo. The prominent art collector is president of PT AKR Corporindo, an Indonesian-based chemical and energy logistics company as well as head of AKR Land Development, a luxury property developer.

Mr. Adikoesoemo has been collecting art for 25 years and can be considered as one of the most important in Southeast Asia. It consists of some 800 works of modern and contemporary artists including some world famous names sch as ANish Kappor, Jeff Koons, Frank Stella while Indonesian artists would be represented by leading painters such as Raden Saleh and Affandi. Some 40% of all artists are local Indonesians while 35% are from the Western world -mostly Europe and the USA. The rest of the collection comes from the rest of Asia.

The museum will be located in a brand new facility built in West Jakarta and integrated to a new development project which includes offices, apartments, a hotel and a retail area. The Museum will have a total surface of 4,000 m2. The curator of the collection will be Thomas J. Berghuis, until recently the curator of Chinese art at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

talking earlier this year to the New York Times, Mr. Adikoesoemo declared to want the Museum MACAN to develop and advance the understanding of Indonesians about art and the appreciation of art. I also want this museum to help cross-pollinate exchanges with Indonesia and the world, to provide a platform for Indonesian art internationally and to bring international art to Indonesia”, he declared to the US newspaper. Education will be a key component of the museum, with an emphasis on art history and research unit while giving a large space to emerging young artists.

° Nusantara means “archipelago” in Indonesian language