Since the announcement of the planned opening of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), anticipation for its inauguration has been running high amongst Indonesian art aficionados and international media.
Set to be opened earlier in 2017, there has been delays to the inaugural reception. MACAN will be Jakarta and Indonesia’s first contemporary and modern art museum and is now set to open in November, coinciding with two of Indonesia’s biggest art events – namely: The Jakarta Biennale and Biennale Jogja which opens in November 2017.
For its opening, 90 significant works drawn from founder Haryanto Adikoesoemo’s private collection of over 800 modern and contemporary artworks collected over the past 25 years will be on display – alongside works from some of the most celebrated artists in Indonesia, Asia and the rest of the world including Raden Saleh, FX Harsono, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Ai Wei Wei and Jeff Koons.
The exhibition aims to highlight the works of Indonesian artists and their place in the international art world. The museum’s exact date has yet to be finalised but with the inception of two other art event heavy-weights, it will be interesting to see if the launch will live out to its hype