1:45 pm April 24, 2014 | No Comment
April is a month for people throughout Indonesia to honor the women of the country. Over a hundred years ago this month, Raden Ajeng Kartini was born into an aristocratic family in Jepara, Central Java. Struggling against restrictions placed on women throughout her life, she fought to revolutionize the role and rights of women in more »
1:10 pm April 23, 2014 | 1 Comment
“Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005,” a traveling exhibition that first opened in 2006 at the Brooklyn Museum of New York and has been shown in many galleries worldwide since, has now come to the ArtScience Museum in Singapore.
12:55 pm April 23, 2014 | No Comment
Last month, the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore appointed Honor Harger as its new executive director. It seems like a match made in heaven: the curator, who originally comes from New Zealand, has a background working at the intersection between art, science and technology. Before moving to Singapore, Harger was based in more »
4:28 pm April 22, 2014 | No Comment
Japanese scholar Hisanori Kato has always been spellbound by the idiosyncrasies of life in Indonesia that he experienced living on and off in the country during an 18-year period between 1991 to 2009, an experience he recounted in his 2013 book “ Kangen Indonesia,” or “Missing Indonesia.” Among the observations the Osaka-based Butsuryo University professor of sociology makes is the central role of religion in Indonesia, particularly Islam, which he contrasts with its almost peripheral status in his native Japan. Kato recalls his observations in his follow-up tome to “Kangen Indonesia,” “ Islam Di Mata Orang Jepang ,” or “Islam Through the Eyes of a Japanese.”
4:19 pm April 22, 2014 | No Comment
The lotus flowers opened up their delicate petals, their vivid details averting our all eyes away from the black and mottled gray of their dark backgrounds. The rich pink and yellow colors, fanciful yet realistic, interplayed gracefully with the lush green of the lotus leaves. It’s all too easy to succumb to the urge to more »
4:38 pm April 21, 2014 | No Comment
It is often said that to successfully move forward, one must know the past. This is exactly what the exhibition “Detournement” is all about. Two artists, Maharani Mancanegara and Nurrachmat Widyasena, each in a separate space at the ROH projects gallery, explore the past from different viewpoints, and different media of expression, but both imagine the future as more balanced and egalitarian.
3:38 pm April 20, 2014 | No Comment
The chaos depicted in the painting seems to sear the viewer’s psyche, as much as the deeply etched black and white lines that make up the image. Looming above is a jester presiding over the chaos, along with a ringmaster directing a circus. Titled “Histeria” (“Hysteria”), the work by Denny, an art teacher at the Raudhatul Mutaqqin Islamic Junior High School in West Java, aptly portrays Indonesia’s chaotic spectacle during an election year.
2:04 pm April 20, 2014 | No Comment
The past several years have witnessed the revival of print. Native digital establishments, such as the e-commerce giant Net-a-Porter and the fashion news website Style.com, are somewhat counter-intuitively launching new glossies in print.
9:54 am April 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
Haruki Murakami’s first collection of short stories in nine years hit the shelves in Japan on Friday with some excited fans queueing for the midnight launch.