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Masters of modern Indonesian portraiture

Saturday 20 September until Wednesday 15 October 2014

Self portrait, 1957 by Sunarto P. R.
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Self portrait, 1957 by Sunarto P. R.
A major National Gallery of Indonesia initiative, Masters of modern Indonesian portraiture is an exhibition of thirty-five significant Indonesian art works presented at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition offers significant insight into the rich portrait practice of Indonesia, showcasing key modernist works (1930 - 1980s) drawn from the National Gallery of Indonesia’s collection along with a selection of contemporary works by leading contemporary artists. It will be the first time works from the National Gallery of Indonesia will be shown in Australia and importantly is a rare opportunity for Australian audiences to view the work of eminent modern artists from Indonesia, including masters S. Sudjojono. Hendra Gunawan and Affandi. The project is a National Gallery of Indonesia Travelling exhibition being developed collaboratively for display at the National Portrait Gallery by both institutions’ professional staff and is the first formal project in what is hoped to be an ongoing relationship between the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Indonesia.