Art flourishes in Jakarta, on the streets, in galleries, museums, cafés and malls. Its diverse cultural background, history of Dutch and Portuguese colonization, and a passion for expression makes for a city rich in artistic talent. Explore the many facets of art in Jakarta below:
Ancol Art Market (Pasar Seni)
A vibrant street market with colorful stalls selling paintings, sculptures, crafts, and displays made by local artists. The ambience is magnified on the weekends with local food stalls and a live band playing in the background. Come to find authentic local gems or have your own portrait done by a local painter.
The 2010 “Favorite Gallery of the Year” award winner is one of the most respected art institutions in Jakarta. The museum is split into two sections. Art:1 New Museum houses a permanent collection of works by prominent modern Indonesian artists, while Artspace:1 showcases contemporary pieces by emerging Indonesian and international artists.
National Gallery of Indonesia
This museum and art gallery is the center for modern and contemporary art in Indonesia, which aims to protect local talent and foster creativity as well as art appreciation. The institution also hosts thematic exhibitions from all over the country, to allow visitors a glimpse into the complete Indonesian art scene.
Dialogue (DIA.LO.GUE) Jakarta
One of the most popular art spaces and cafés in the city, Dia.lo.gue was designed to provide a space to stimulate creative exchanges between artists, designers and the general public. By bringing interesting ideas and creations to the eyes of the public, Dia.lo.gue hopes to improve recognition of art and design within the society at large, as well as encourage people to embrace their artistic side.
Bazaar Art Jakarta
Held annually at Pacific Place mall, it is one of the biggest art exhibitions in Indonesia. Occupying a 7,500 square meter area, art collectors and enthusiasts from around the globe gather here to view the work of over 600 artists with more than 2,000 artworks at a value of over 100 billion Rupiah.