Galeri Nasional celebrated Indonesia’s 72nd Independence Day with “Senandung Ibu Pertiwi” (“Songs of the Motherland”), a painting exhibition featuring 48 artworks from the collections of the Presidential Palaces; the exhibition ran from August 2 to August 30. Curators grouped the 48 paintings into four themes: 12 paintings highlighted diversity in nature, 15 paintings portrayed traditions and identities, 11 paintings featured daily dynamics, and 10 paintings conveyed mythology and religion. Two masterpieces by Indonesian maestros—Nyai Roro Kidul by Basoeki Abdullah and Tiger Drinking by Raden Saleh—got the most attention. But it was Pribite Nevesti (Russian Wedding), a 19th-century magnum opus by maestro Egorovick Makowsky, that stole the show.
The huge painting was a gift from Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev to President Sukarno on his visit to Russia. “Each of the paintings is being insured for Rp2 billion,” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya. “All 48 paintings add up to Rp96 billion,” he added.