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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

Gerakan 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.

The 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 Indonesia.

With the support of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
Lehrter Straße 16-17
10557 Berlin

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