Indonesia is making big in-roads into the international art scene. The value of pieces by Indonesian artists has been steadily increasing — a piece by S. Sudjojono sold for $385,000 at an auction in April, while a painting by Balinese artist Lee Man, “Bali Life,” was sold for $3.24 million at a Sotheby’s sale in Hong Kong last year, making it the most expensive work of art by a Southeast Asian artist ever sold at auction.
“Indonesian Eye: Fantasies & Realities” is the latest sign of the country’s rising international prominence. Featuring 41 diverse works of contemporary art, including paintings, sculptures and installations from a mix of 18 established and up-and-coming Indonesian artists, the exhibition will be on display at the Ciputra Artpreneur Center in South Jakarta for five weeks before it embarks on a tour of Europe, starting with a stint at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in London.
Art experts say the showcase at the British gallery represents the most powerful evidence to date of Indonesia’s arrival on the international art scene.