Indonesia’s Museum MACAN Set to Open in November 2017

Indonesia’s Museum MACAN Set to Open in November 2017
Preliminary rendering of the exterior of Museum MACAN, by MET Studio Design Ltd.

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), the first institution of its kind in Indonesia, has announced that it will officially open to the public in Jakarta in November 2017 after delays in the construction of the landmark multi-purpose building forced the Museum to shift the grand opening from March to November.

The basis of the museum’s collection is Museum MACAN founder Haryanto Adi oesoemo’s collection of over 800 artworks which is on long term loan to the museum. Works by Indonesian artists make up approximately 50% of the collection with the remaining 50% featuring works by artists from across Europe, North America, China, and other parts of Asia.

In anticipation of its opening, Museum MACAN will launch a series of pop-up weekend performances and lectures in March 2017, giving the public an opportunity to preview the museum. The program, titled “MACAN First Sight,” is being spearheaded by Museum MACAN’s Director, Aaron Seeto. It will feature performances by international and Indonesian artists as well as related lectures.

Aaron Seeto said that he is looking forward to welcoming the public for a sneak peek of Museum MACAN in March with the launch of a series of live performances. “MACAN First Sight will highlight the creativity of Indonesian artists and their international counterparts, and give our audiences an early taste of all that’s to come once the museum officially opens in November 2017,” he said. 

Museum MACAN’s inaugural exhibition in November will bring together approximately 90 significant works from Haryanto Adikoesoemo’s collection. Co-curated by Charles Esche and Agung Hujatni, the exhibition will explore “the collection through a disrupted chronology from the 19th century until today,” according to Museum MACAN.