Jakarta Arts Experiences

If you are looking to get an art piece or you just enjoy viewing them, here are some of the best art galleries in town.

The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, is famously known as a shopping destination. Look around, and you will find many malls and shopping centers. But, Jakarta is now quickly growing and developing other elements, such as arts and culture. I realized that the arts communities are trying to increase awareness of arts and culture in the society. That’s a welcome change.

Indonesia National Gallery
Indonesia National Gallery is an art Museum institution and a center for modern and contemporary art which aims at protecting, developing, making a proper use of artworks as a cultural education facility and recreation, as well as a medium for the development of creativity and arts appreciation. This institution, lunched on 8 May 1999, is under the Ministry of Education and Culture, of the Republic of Indonesia. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions in the National Gallery. For permanent exhibitions, the gallery displayed some of greatest painting. The temporary exhibition displays some of the thematic concepts which include modern and contemporary art.
Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No. 14, Jakarta – Indonesia | Phone: +62 21 3483 3954 | galeri-nasional.or.id

RUCI Artspace
RUCI is an Art Space that is raising awareness of art in Indonesia’s evolving culture. The name ‘RUCI’ is taken from a Sanskrit word meaning “the source of light and taste or pleasure” that reflects the ambitions to share the works and knowledge of the creative communities. RUCI creates a platform for Artists and the public to experiment, develop, and transform ideas into representative symbols and objects by providing the space. RUCI Art Space exhibits a variety of mediums of expressions, which includes new media, painting, photography, sculpture, video and more. The gallery has a public area named RUCI’s Joint; it is a place to eat and hangout; ideal for a casual meeting after visiting the exhibition.
Jl. Suryo Blok S No. 49, Jakarta – Indonesia | ruciart.com

Other Galleries and Artspaces:
Dia.Lo.Gue Artspace
Jl. Kemang Selatan No. 99A, Jakarta – Indonesia | Phone. +62 21 719 9671 | dialogue-artspace.com

Galeri Indonesia Kaya
Grand Indonesia West Mall Lantai 8, Jl. M. H. Thamrin No. 1, Jakarta – Indonesia | Phone. +62 21 2358 0701 | www.indonesiakaya.com

Komunitas Salihara
Jl. Salihara No. 16, Jakarta – Indonesia | Phone. +62 21 789 1202 | salihara.org

Text by Priscilla Picauly | Photos courtesy of each of galleries