Press Release : 100 Years Otto Djaya (1916-2002)

Otto Djaya, born in 1916, is one of the masters in the history of Indonesian art. He was a fighter in the revolutionary war to set Indonesia free of her colonial master. Together with his older brother Agus Djaya he went to study and work as an artist in the Netherlands 1947-1950 and had several exhibitions there and elsewhere in Europe.

Otto Djaya lived and painted through six decades of politics and history in Indonesia, the Dutch colonial period, World War II, the revolutionary war of independence, the reign of Sukarno and Suharto, until the dawn of the democracy era.

Otto Djaya was a bohemian, non-conformist artist, who defined his own personal reflection and aesthetics. He painted with different visual tendencies that can be identified to explore and express the spirit of the Indonesian people, especially Javanese people. He was deeply analytic of humanity, including his own, and was able to synthesize natural beauty of people and the environment, myths, folklore, and satire.

Otto Djaya’s paintings also explained a kind of mutually attractive force between the memories and the socio-cultural context of the issues that are local, with also his distinctive artistic quest to achieve the universality of art that is personal. Otto shows various everyday occurrences of daily life in especially Java, such as themes in the market, the traders, the celebration of festivals, motor vehicles, bicycles, horse-drawn carriages, and more.

Besides that, the colour intensity of Otto Djaya’s palette surpasses that of his contemporaries, just look at his greens with tree leaves and his blues with the sky. Many Otto Djaya paintings are special because he mixes or put in puppet characters from the Punakawan family, Petruk and Gareng in particular, in the daily life situations.

The world of puppetry and mythological tradition became one of Otto Djaya’s central ideas.  Other Indonesian artists work with the theme of puppetry, but Otto Djaya presents it in a typical kind of way that appears almost 'just like that', spontaneous and natural, as if we are indeed living in a stretch of puppet story. He also portrays a lot of Indonesian traditional social dances and celebrations in his paintings, such as Ronggeng, reog Ponorogo, Cap Go Meh, Kecak, as well as depictions of legends like Arjuna, Jaka Tarub, and Ramayana.

This Centennial Exhibition is held by National Gallery of Indonesia initiated by Mrs. Inge-Marie Holst and Mr. Hans Peter Holst who have carried out researches on Otto Djaya. The event that become the commemoration of the 100th birthday of Otto Djaya will be held from the 30th September until 9th October (closed on the 2nd October, Islamic New Year holiday), at A Building of the National Gallery of Indonesia.

Curated by Rizki A. Zaelani and Inge-Marie Holst, 100 Years of Otto Djaya will show around 200 artworks of Otto Djaya. Besides exhibition, there will be also Public Programs: Gallery Tour on the 8th October 2016, at 2–5 pm, and Gallery Talk on the 9th October 2016, at 2–5 pm. This huge event is a rare opportunity for public art in Indonesia, especially for the young generation to know about history and traditions of daily life and local events during the six decades of Indonesian history that Otto Djaya observed and portrayed.

100 Years of Otto Djaya will be officially opened on Friday, the 30th September 2016, at 7.30 pm, in A Building of the National Gallery of Indonesia. At the opening night, Gallery Tour, and Gallery Talk, a book entitled The World of Otto Djaya (1916–2002) will be presented. The book is about Otto Djaya, one of Indonesian painters whose artwork was collected by President Soekarno. Otto Djaya was a bohemian, non-conformist artist, who defined his own personal reflection and aesthetics. He painted with different visual tendencies that can be identified to explore and express the spirit of the Indonesian people, especially Javanese people. He was deeply analytic of humanity, including his own, and was able to synthesize natural beauty of people and the environment, myths, folklore, and satire.

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