For some time now we’ve been aware that the art scene in Yogyakarta is going off. Going Right Off. And if we needed any further evidence that Yogyakarta could well be the Berlin of the south, (every second person an artist and/or muso, bars and performance on every street), then Rally, which opened Wednesday night at the NGV International , more than confirmed it.
It’s a show by two members of the thriving contemporary Indonesian arts community, Jompet Kuswidananto and Eko Nugroho. You’ve got to love the large installations and the fantastic mural painted over the NGV’s water wall entrance. The artists presented Joan and Peter Clemenger, who generously supported the exhibition through their Trust, with a framed political t-shirt, military hat, and words of thanks.
The show was instigated by much missed curator Alex Baker, who has returned to America.
We look forward to the accompanying e-catalogue, which will be available for free download through iTunes in November.
Natalie Thomas (in cultural Melbourne)