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Fine Art and Ceramic Museum

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It would be kind to call Jakarta’s Fine Art and Ceramic Museum (Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik) eclectic, but in reality it’s just a confusing mess.

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The building itself is a splendid example of Dutch colonial architecture and is worth more than just a cursory glance and while the collection contains several fine works by prominent Indonesian artists as well as a large number of extraordinary ancient ceramic pieces, unfortunately the works are done a massive disservice at this shoddily presented and poorly maintained museum.

Boo! Photo taken in or around Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Boo! Photo: Sally Arnold

The grand white Neoclassical building with columned portico sitting at the eastern side of Fatahillah Square was built as the Dutch Supreme Judiciary in 1870. It is worth a wander to gauge the scale of the huge columns projecting from the marble floors, check out the pretty interior courtyard gardens and the iron spiral staircase leading to the second floor.

The first section of the museum is dedicated to fine arts, predominantly painting and the initial gallery introduces Indonesia’s prehistoric period in art. The exhibition then makes a major jump to the beginning of modern painting styles in the late 19th century with works by Raden Saleh who is considered to be Indonesia’s first modern artist. The galleries and works are then arranged more or less chronically though various Indonesian periods and art movements. These include the PERSAGI movement of the 1930s, works from the period of Japanese Occupation through to the establishment of Art Academies in Bandung and Yogyakarta the 1950s, the Post New Order period in the 60s and the New Art movement from ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Fine Art and Ceramic Museum
2 Jalan Pos Kota, Jakarta
Tu–Su: 09:00–17:00
T: (0216) 907 062
Admission: 2,000 rupiah

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