“For me, art is a part of my daily life. From my home to my work to my hobbies, everything is closely connected to, and revolves around, art,” says Alexander Tedja, Chairman of Gandaria City, art collector, successful businessman and a partner in what is set to be Jakarta’s biggest art fair to date: Art Stage Jakarta, which will be held from August 5-7 at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City.
Alexander developed a passion for art from his days spent involved in the film industry, as well as in property development. He believes that in films, art translates into characters, cinematography, animation, make-up and hairstyling, along with the music. Similarly, in property development he has been inspired by both architecture and interior design. This involvement influenced and encouraged him to collect art since the end of the 1980s.
Now, Alexander is admired for his private collection, which includes the works of prominent Indonesian artists such as Hendra Gunawan, Affandi, S. Sudjono, Sudjana Kerton, Lee Man Fong, Ahmad Sadali, Srihadi Soedarsono and Sunaryo.
In terms of the next generation of young artists, Alex collects the works of Handiwirman Saputra, Eko Nugroho, Samsul Arifin and Arin Sunaryo among many others. And aside from his local collection, he also owns the works of artists from as far and wide as the US, Japan, the UK, China, Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam.
His collection can also be found amid the grandeur of Gandaria City and the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City, both of which house collections based on their locations and their customers.
“The LOVE sculpture, for instance, is located in the ballroom lobby of the hotel because of the number of weddings that are held at the venue,” says Alexander. “But most of the paintings are hung at the hotel because of its visuals and the time people have to admire them. Sculptures can mostly be found at the shopping centre because of the space needed and the fact that people love taking pictures alongside them.”
With this kind of synergy between Gandaria City and the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City’s stunning art collection, the organisers of Art Stage Jakarta deemed the venue perfect.
Artworks from 50 galleries around the world will be on show at Art Stage Jakarta, including works from renowned galleries such as Galerie Perrotin in Paris, Finale Art File in Manila, Gajah Gallery in Singapore, Mizuma Gallery in Tokyo, Pearl Lam Gallery in Hong Kong, as well as well-known galleries in Australia, Germany, Russia, Spain, Malaysia, Japan and Taiwan.
Among these 50 galleries, 20 are Indonesian and will feature the works of influential Indonesian artists. These include the Nadi Gallery, featuring the works of Agus Suwage, Eddie Hara, Heri Dono; the Canna Gallery, featuring I Nyoman Masriadi; ROH Projects, featuring Syaiful Aulia Garibaldi, Syagini Ratna Wulan and Bagus Pandega; and the Semarang Gallery, featuring the works of Eko Nugroho, Lugas Syllabus and M. Irfan.
Art Stage Jakarta is expected to be as powerful as Art Stage Singapore in terms of quality because of the involvement of this level of top artists and galleries. Art Stage Jakarta is also expected to become one of the driving forces in Indonesia’s creative economy in the future alongside a rise in young art collectors and those interested in art.
“I’m excited to see that there is finally a world-class exhibition in Jakarta, and we are really excited and invigorated when looking forward to the event in August,” says Alex.