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Art:1 is a private museum and art space showcasing a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions comprising works from Indonesian old masters and extending to Indonesian and international modern and contemporary art.

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Art:1 began life as one of Jakarta’s first commercial galleries and is the private collection of Martha Gunawan, an avid art collector of more than 30 years. The museum is located in Kemayoran in North Jakarta and spans two connecting buildings. Art:1 New Museum houses the permanent collection while Artspace:1 spotlights emerging Indonesian and international artists.

Don’t lose your head. Photo taken in or around Art:1, Jakarta, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Don’t lose your head. Photo: Sally Arnold

The museum was designed by Sardjono Sani of Bias Tekno Art and is entered via a central courtyard that looks to be under construction, but on closer inspection you realise scaffolding the and silver-clad construction workers are part of a large sculptural work covering the administrative section of the building. You are then led into the curved lobby and public space to your right with a cafe, bookshop, ticketing and information counter in a spacious open area.

This wing of the triple-storey building houses the temporary exhibition space Artspace:1 on the upper levels. Here the contemporary architecture with curved walls and exposed pipes and beams complements the experimental and exploratory nature of many of the works. A glass enclosed walkway leads to the adjoining more conventional rectangular-shaped wing housing the permanent collection. The three floors of exhibition space are connected via a round atrium allowing natural light into each level. This wing of the museum, called Art:1 New Museum, is not a stagnant exhibition space but draws from the large private collection with changing exhibitions. Make sure to see all the different gallery spaces in this museum as it can be a little confusing—we almost missed ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
Art:1 is a 700 metre walk from Rajawali Railway Station, alternatively Jembatan Merah is the closest TransJakarta busway stop, about the same walking distance. A Go-Jek from Kota Tua will cost around 10,000 rupiah and a metered taxi will cost about 20,000 rupiah and should take no more than half an hour.

3 Jalan Rajawali Selatan Raya, Jakarta
Tu–Sa: 10:00–18:00 Su: 10:00–16:00
T: (0216) 470 0168
Admission: 150,000 rupiah for foreigners, 100,000 rupiah for Indonesians and KITAS holders and 75,000 rupiah for students. Children under 12 are free. Your ticket includes a free drink.

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