You may have already heard the announcement that Art Stage Singapore, one of the leading contemporary art events in Southeast Asia, is starting a Jakarta edition in August. As Indonesia's first boutique international art fair, Art Stage Jakarta wants to celebrate the country's vibrant and diverse contemporary art scene.

The fair itself will take place from August 5 to 7 at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City hotel and will feature 50 galleries, bringing together the best of contemporary art from across Indonesia under one roof.

So, calling all art lovers and culture vultures! Here are seven things you need to know now about the event. 

1. It has a huge exhibitor list: up to 20 Indonesian galleries will be participating in Art Stage Jakarta 2016. Galleries include Nadi Gallery, presenting artists Agus  Suwage, Eddie Hara, and Heri Dono among others; Galeri Canna presenting I Nyoman Masriadi and Entang Wiharso; ROH Projects presenting Syaiful Aulia Garibaldi, Syagini Ratna Wulan and Bagus Pandega, among others; Semarang Gallery presenting Eko Nugroho, Lugas Syllabus, M. Irfan, among others; Andi's Gallery presenting Antonio Blanco; Edwin's Gallery presenting a solo show by Kemalezedine; and Rachel Gallery presenting Yuli Prayinto, Eddy Susanto and Ivan Sagita, among others.

2. Art Stage Jakarta 2016 will also present leading international galleries, such as Galerie Perrotin from Paris, Finale Art File from Manila, Gajah Gallery from Singapore, Mizuma Gallery from Tokyo, Pearl Lam Galleries from Hong Kong, and Richard Koh Gallery and Wei-Ling Gallery from Kuala Lumpur. International galleries exhibiting at Art Stage Jakarta 2016 hail from Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain and Taiwan.

3. Prominent collectors and society leaders stand proudly behind Art Stage Jakarta via the Art Stage Jakarta Board of Art Patrons. This board is led by President Deddy Kusuma, a collector known for his abiding passion for Indonesian art and a vocal advocate for its internationalisation. There's also Alex Tedja, one of Indonesia's foremost collectors of Indonesian and international art and owner of the fair venue, the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City hotel.

4. Other luminaries on the board, among others, include Dr Ir. Ciputra, renowned for his collection of Hendra Gunawan paintings; Haryanto Adikoesoemo, founder of the soon-to-be-opened Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Macan), and Caecil Papadimitriou, who presides over a legendary collection of impeccable provenance started by her late husband. The Board of Art Patrons demonstrates the firm support that Art Stage Jakarta is receiving from the established collector community in Indonesia.

5. An Art Stage Jakarta Board of Young Collectors has also been formed to highlight the next generation of Indonesian art collectors. The President of the Board of Young Collectors is Tom Tandio, noted for his tireless commitment to promoting contemporary Indonesian art and artists. The Board of Young Collectors also includes Wiyu Wahono, an active and dynamic collector of contemporary Indonesian art.

6. Indonesia's key society leaders also stand behind Art Stage Jakarta. The Art Stage Jakarta Board of Friends is led by President Maria Lukito and includes other prominent individuals such as Dian Mulyadi.

7. There will also be a special exhibition drawn from the renowned private collections of six Indonesian collectors. This exhibition will be organised by Enin Suprianto, one of Indonesia's leading curators. Spread over 600 square metres, the exhibition will explore the diversity and richness of Indonesian art through the works of established as well as young Indonesian artists, and examine the themes that they engage with.

Photo courtesy of Art Stage

In the lead-up to the fair, in our newsletter, we will feature a series of interviews with prominent Indonesian art collectors and the inspiring stories behind their collections. The interviews will be conducted by Lorenzo Rudolf, Founder and President of Art Stage Singapore, and are intended to provide an intimate insight into the world of Indonesian art. If you’re not already on Indonesia Tatler's mailing list, sign up now!

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