GALLERIES Museum MACAN is located inside a multipurpose building which incluces offices, apartments, a hotel and shops. Some of the revenues from the development will go towards operating the gallery
MACAN IMPRESSION Jakarta’s first contemporary art museum promotes Indonesian and Southeast Asian artists and engages with the global art community. Museum MACAN director Aaron Seeto told Alice Davis about the project
major modern art museum opens its doors in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 4 November, to engage the city and promote its burgeoning art sector. The passion project of Indonesian business tycoon, philanthropist and collector Haryanto Adikoesoemo, the multi-million-dollar Museum MACAN – which stands for Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, and is also the Indonesian word for tiger – will house 800 works of modern and contemporary art. We asked museum director Aaron Seeto about the project.
How is your previous career experience helping you in your role at the new museum? There are two major roles that I held before coming to MACAN last year which have informed my experience: director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, and
curatorial manager of Asian and Pacific Art at QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art) in Brisbane. I mention the two to illustrate a versatility. One was a small nonprofit that directly connected with artists and communities; the other was a large state collection with one of the most significant collections of contemporary Asian and Pacific art and the host of the Asia Pacific Triennial. These experiences have given me a sensitivity to the important role that programming plays when engaging with different communities. What I bring to Museum MACAN from these experiences is a broad and global view of how important Indonesia and this region is to the world art scene.
Aaron Seeto champions art from Indonesia and Asia Pacific
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