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Indonesian Visual Art Archive
GSRB and the development of contemporary art in Indonesia
A talk by FX Harsono, Agung Kurniawan and Paul Khoo
Moderator: Katerina Valdivia Bruch
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 at 7 pm
Seni Rupa Baru (GSRB), also known as New Art Movement, was established in 1975
by a group of ten students of the art schools Institut Teknologi
Bandung (ITB), Bandung, and Sekolah Tinggi Seni Rupa Indonesia (STSRI,
known as "ASRI"), Yogyakarta. By that time, painting, sculpture and
printmaking were the only disciplines officially recognised as fine art
in Indonesia. The New Art Movement wrote a manifesto towards a new
definition of the concept of art in order to expand the old definition.
The group encouraged experimentation in the arts field and tried to
revitalise socially committed art.
artist FX Harsono will join us during the talk. He is one of the
founders of Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru and will talk about his experience
as an artist and the characteristics of this art movement. FX Harsono
has had a major retrospective of his work at the Singapore Art Museum
last year and is now in Berlin presenting his work at the exhibition
"Asia Looking South" at Arndt gallery.
The Indonesian artist Agung
Kurniawan is one of the most representative artists in the art scene in
Indonesia and director of Kedai Kebun Forum in Yogyakarta, a
multifunctional space consisting of a gallery, theater and a
restaurant. Agung will speak about the influence of the New Art
Movement in the art scene in Indonesia.
The Singaporean art historian Paul
Khoo wrote his dissertation about Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru and will give
us background information about the movement. Paul, who studied at
Stanford University, University of Chicago and La Salle College of Arts
is a member of the board of The Substation, one of the oldest and most
progressive art spaces in Singapore.
The event, that will take
place during the Asia Pacific Weeks Berlin, is organised by Katerina
Valdivia Bruch in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of
With the support of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.
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