The art scene in Indonesia can be considered as one of the most dynamic in South East Asia. It draws on a long tradition of contemporary artistic practice that began with the modernist movement in the 1950s. Significant figures during this time includes Affandi and S.Sudjojono. Following this period, artist activists strongly involved in the democratisation movements of the 1970′s emerged. A number of young Indonesian artists such as FX Harsono and Jim Supangkat initiated the Indonesian New Art Movement (Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru Indonesia).
Today contemporary emerging Indonesian artists that spring from art communities and centres such as Yogyakarta, integrate these origins as the basis for inspiration in their own work. Multifarious in the choice of media and messages communicated, these artists take cues from politics and social issues, integrating topics pertinent to their fellow citizens as a point of departure in an often playful and humorous way.
Arndt Art Agency founder, Matthias Arndt, was instrumental in introducing European audiences to contemporary Indonesian art in 2013 with the group exhibition “Sip! Indonesian Art Today” at ARNDT Berlin, with its accompanying landmark eponymous publication produced by the German publisher DISTANZ. With a long-standing interest and support of Southeast Asian art, and the new Asian and Pacific art markets, Arndt's insights into this exciting area of contemporary artistic practice are presented in this curated exhibition of Indonesian artists for Collectionair.