Art Sanctuary
Category: Forbes Life By : Yessar Rosendar Read : 130 Date : Friday, November 10, 2017 - 08:47:36




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For a country rich in arts, Indonesia has had a long-time challenge in the lack of art infrastructure, such as proper museums and institutions to display art. To fill that void, private collectors are stepping forward to support world-class art facilities. One collector who has taken perhaps the biggest step is Haryanto Adikoesoemo, a successful billionaire entrepreneur in the chemical and logistics industry, through AKR Corp. Haryanto has also been an avid art collector for more than 25 years, and has over 700 art pieces of both modern and contemporary pieces from home and abroad.

In November, Haryanto will open the Museum Macan (Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara), a 4,000 sqm art space that will be one of the largest privately owned art museums in Indonesia. Aside from its size, the institution will be the first of its kind in Indonesia that can display a collection of modern and contemporary art from Indonesia and around the world. It will also provide art education programs to help spread art appreciation to a wider public, and help grow artists with professional development program. It will also provide space for events and meetings, so the museum can have a major role in supporting the art ecosystem.

To manage the museum, Haryanto established the Museum Macan Foundation that is headed by his daughter, Fenessa Adikoesoemo. She has been the foundation’s chairwoman since 2014. ForbesLife Indonesia got an exclusive interview with Fenessa and Aaron Seeto, director of Museum Macan in September, held at the Macan. While the museum interior was still mostly empty, though some notable art installations were already in the venue from renowned international and local artists such as a Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room and a sculpture from Ichwan Noor.

According to Fenessa, the idea to build the museum was first mooted in 2010 but didn't start in earnest until 2012. “The idea started because my father is a collector who has been collecting art since the 1990s. It is all due to our passion for art, which is why we started the foundation to support the museum,” Fenessa says. As art always filled her home, Fenessa has a natural love of great artwork. To prepare for her role, she become a fellow at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., where she worked closely with the museum’s leadership across departments as part of her research on museum management and strategy. “I didn’t study art formally but I grew up with it, ever since I was born. My dad liked to take me to museums, galleries and auctions. I really experienced his interest, so it became a big interest for me as well,” Fenessa says.

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