New Beginnings: Grand Opening of Gajah Gallery Jakarta


    Gajah Gallery is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new exhibition space in Jakarta, Indonesia after 25 years of running fruitful establishments in Singapore and Yogyakarta.

    After years of working with Indonesia’s innovative and historically significant artists, expanding to its capital city of Jakarta was the natural direction to take for the Gallery to continue contributing meaningfully to the art scene. The new establishment will be located in the area’s prestigious residential complex ‘Casa Domaine’, which sits at the heart of the city and is known for the liveliness of its business district.

    Positioning itself in yet another flourishing artistic centre, home to major art events and institutions such Art Jakarta and the National Gallery of Indonesia, the Gallery is honoured to engage with a fresh, vibrant audience and expand its long-held mission of championing Southeast Asia’s renowned contemporary artists and brightest emerging talents.

    The launch of Gajah Gallery’s new space will be accompanied with a group exhibition ‘New Beginnings’, featuring a roster of prominent artists the Gallery has long worked with or represented: Ashley Bickerton, Erizal As, Fika Ria Santika, Handiwirman Saputra, I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih, Jane Lee, Kayleigh Goh, Mahalakshmi Kannappan, Mangu Putra, Rosit Mulyadi, Rudi Mantofani, Semsar Siahaan, Suzann Victor, Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro, and Yunizar.

    Coming from different generations and working across a variety of mediums, the artists will showcase both iconic works in their oevure, as well as new artworks made especially for the opening of Gajah Gallery Jakarta, which reveal their latest directions and experimentations. This show represents the celebration of a new beginning for the Gallery, as well as an expression of gratitude for the continuous support the Gallery has received from artists, collectors and friends in the Indonesian arts scene—without whom we would not have achieved this major milestone.

    For Gajah Gallery Jakarta’s first year, we are delighted to present an exciting line-up of exhibitions and initiatives to Jakarta’s art public. Gajah Gallery’s inaugural NFT art exhibit Superfuture will have a second iteration in Jakarta, gathering six artists from Indonesia, Singapore and the United States who are recently exploring digital art, or have long-employed digital methods to realise their artistic visions.

    The Gallery will also stage a solo exhibition of the pioneering Balinese artist I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih, whose bold, singular works were hailed by Indonesian art writers as “gripping statements of a woman’s struggle from passive sexual object to active sexual subject”. Finally, the Gallery will host a comprehensive solo exhibition of West Sumatra-born artist Erizal As, who tests the boundaries of portraiture and landscape paintings with his distinctly vivid, abstract-expressionist style, enamouring audiences across the region.