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Art Bali “Beyond the Myths”

The first contemporary art exhibition in Bali, Art Bali, is officially opened by the Minister of Finance of Republic of Indonesia, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, together with the Head of Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf), Triawan Munaf, on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Heri Pemad, CEO and Founder of Art Bali, in his opening remarks of the event stated, “Art Bali will be a new space to accommodate creative potentials in Indonesia, especially in Bali, and bring them to a wider audience, so Art Bali can develop a better art ecosystem.”

The Art Bali contemporary art exhibition will be held in one entire month starting on October 10 to November 9, 2018, at the AB • BC (Art Bali • Bali Collection) building, Bali Collection area, Nusa Dua, Bali. With the generous support of the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy of Republic of Indonesia (BEKRAF), Art Bali will become an annual event in Bali. According to Triawan Munaf, Head of BEKRAF, in his speech, this event is an attempt to establish a better art ecosystem in Indonesia. The first Art Bali event is also special because it is a part of the Annual IMF - World Bank Group Meeting 2018 event series.

In her opening remarks, the Minister of Finance Republic of Indonesia, Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated, “I truly appreciate the ideas and hard works of the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf) that the Annual IMF-WBG Meeting 2018 is also a space filled with various artworks that can represent Indonesia. It shows that Indonesia has plenty of creative artists. I will continue to support the creative economy in various ways. I believe the real Indonesian art holds remarkable capabilities and we must be able to enter the world market.”

The theme ‘Beyond the Myths’ is represented through at least 50 artworks, from 39 Indonesia and foreign artists, all exhibited in Art Bali. A mix of artists from different generations and background present their artworks and give a unique atmosphere at the exhibition. The majestic painting “Puputan Badung, The Fall of Kingdom 1906” by Agung Mangu Putra (2015) will bring you back to the history of Indonesia and remind us that we should never forget the past and learn from it for a better future. “Holy Mountain” by Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo (2018) was using the volcanic ashes from Mount Agung as the materials where he had to go through several rituals in order to get the ashes. Eddi Prabandono will bring you to reflect on how you live your life through his artwork “Sweat and Luxury” (2018).

If you want to know more about these artworks and the stories behind them, you can join Curatorial Tours provided by Art Bali, guided by the curator team, Rifky Effendy, and Ignatia Nilu, every weekend.

As a form of Art Bali commitment to developing an art and culture ecosystem in Bali, a free entry to Art Bali exhibition is available on Tuesdays for holders of Indonesian ID card/Driver’s License/Bali Student Card. “Through this program, we hope that the Balinese could appreciate contemporary artworks developing in Indonesia, especially in Bali,” I Made Aswino Aji, Founder of Art Bali, explained.

Photos by Malariahouse/@btxphoto

By: Malariahouse | 13 October 2018