Press Release : Fine Arts Collection of the National Gallery of Indonesia



"The Wonders of Indonesia 2017" brings together for the first time in Sofia fine art, sculptures, textiles, jewelery and artifacts from the world's largest archipelago


For the first time in its history, Indonesian embassy in Sofia held exhibitions titled “Wonders of Indonesia” in the prestigious National Art Gallery: Square 500 and National Art Gallery: The Royal Palace for two months.

The people of Bulgaria will be able to enjoy paintings created by well-known Indonesian painters from the collection of Indonesian national gallery, along with Indonesian fine art, at the Royal Palace from October 5th to November 12th. This include the works of Indonesia masters such as Affandi, Popo Iskandar, AD Pirous and Fajar Sidik. These artists were avant-garde for their times, and have played significant roles in shaping the Indonesian modern and contemporary art movement.

While from October 6th to November 26th at Square 500, the audience could see selections of diverse hand-made textile (batik, ikat, songket, tenun) created in the 1900s to recent years batiks from the collection of RPK (Rumah Pesona Kain) and some private collections. At this Gallery, it will also exhibit antique jewelry, as well as artefacts from various province in Indonesia.

The official opening of the exhibition will be held on October 6, 2017 at square 500 gallery which will showcase Indonesian traditional textile and jewelry show, live singers, and Indonesian delicacies.  The opening dance will be the mind-blowing saman gayo dance performers. The occasion, apart from official opening of the two exhibitions, will be the diplomatic reception marking the 72nd anniversary of Indonesia's independence, and the celebration of 61 years of bilateral diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Indonesia.

"The Wonders of Indonesia 2017" is part of Beyond Europalia Art Festival activities promoting culture, tourism and the best of Wonderful Indonesia. This is also the concrete implementation of MoU on Culture of Indonesia-Bulgaria signed last year.

The exhibitions are supported by the National Art Gallery of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, the National Gallery of Indonesia, the Rumah Pesona Kain (House of the Enchanting Textile), Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI 46),  as well as Tobo Group, Indo Serbia Food, and Kopi Bali Kupu-Kupu Bola Dunia.

More information can be found on the facebook page of the festival: @wondersofindonesiabg.


More about Indonesia:

Indonesia is the 4th most inhabited country in the world, occupying huge territories between the Pacific and the Indian Ocean in the South-Eastern Hemisphere of the Earth. With more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is the largest archipelago inhabited by more than 300 different ethnic groups, with its unique cultures and over 700 living languages. The many islands of the tropical state hide seen and unseen beauty, and the state is the second most biodiversed in the world after Brazil.

Taking all this into account, Indonesia dates back to antiquity - more like a cultural concept uniting different regions and people than a homogeneous whole. This is a young country that has attracted the Europeans for centuries. The exotic flavor of the food, the unknown aromas, the rich colors, the crowded streets, the noisy markets, the tranquility of the lush temples and the immense smile of the people, make Indonesia a paradise on earth.