Last Friday, the city welcomed its first edition of Art Stage Jakarta, the sister art fair of Southeast Asia’s flagship event Art Stage Singapore, with an invite-only preview party. Held at the upper ballroom of the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City hotel, the evening commenced after a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Art Stage Jakarta’s committee, which includes Art Stage Jakarta founder and president Lorenzo Rudolf and spouse Maria Elena Rudolf, Art Stage Jakarta Board of Friends and Indonesia Tatler’s Editor-in-Chief Maria Lukito, the Chairman of Gandaria City Alexander Tedja, and Art Stage Jakarta Board of Art Patrons Deddy Kusuma, among others.

The premium art fair itself, also supported by Mandiri and The Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), featured artworks from some 50 galleries from 16 different countries, including Japan, Singapore, France, Taiwan and, of course, Indonesia, and was divided into three sections: Exhibitor Highlights, Collector’s Show and Affandi Exhibition. 

The latter was a Sotheby’s-sponsored exhibition that displayed the marvel of Indonesian maestro Affandi’s never-seen-before works, such as At the Cockfight, Tibet and Balinese Dancer. Meanwhile, myriad other masterpieces from high-calibre Indonesian artists such as Agus Suwage, I Nyoman Masriadi and Eko Nugroho were also displayed. 

The evening brought together a throng of Jakarta’s crème de la crème, decked out in a contemporary stylish dress code, who were seen mingling and socialising with each other, and, of course, marvelling at the amazing art display. When the clock struck 9pm, the VVIPs crowd was ushered to the poolside for a “Miami Beach Pool Party”, organised by Indonesia Tatler, where a delightful array of delicacies and libations awaited them. Dressed in a sensational black dress, the evening’s host Aimee Juliett took centre stage and invited Mrs Millie Stephanie to deliver the opening speech and to officially kick-off the party.

Jakarta’s elites, including socialites, celebrities and dignitaries, were spotted indulging in good food, good drinks and great company, while animated discussion about art could be heard throughout the celebratory night. 

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