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ARUS ZAMAN
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“With a presentation of truth, it invites others to observe, understand and be interested in reading and learning, guiding them along the path of intelligence, civilisation and culture.”
-Yuswantoro Adi, ‘Membaca’ (2020)
ARUS ZAMAN
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Events of the late 20th century have been pivotal for the growth and development of Indonesian contemporary art, as artists of all stripes began to respond to large-scale political and social changes in Indonesia throughout the developmentalist decades of the 1970s and 1980s, culminating in the dominance of socially conscious art in the 1990s.

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Artists born in the 1950s and 1960s came to the fore in the last decade of the 20th century. From a historical standpoint, they were critical contributors to distinct art forms and styles in the 1990s that responded to the works of artists from preceding generations.

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They advanced an aesthetic shift that not only revealed a desire to overturn the values of high modernist art but more importantly, defined the direction and development of Indonesian contemporary art for the future.

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The displayed artworks are created by 12 artists who, by virtue of being from a particular generation, share conceptual and aesthetic similarities. In featuring them, our overriding intent is to present a snapshot of a pivotal moment in Indonesian contemporary art history, one that painter Yuswantoro Adi elaborates upon and encourages viewers to not just view, but ‘read’ closely.  

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26 AUG - 3 OCT 2020

Arus Zaman alludes to the ebb and flow of generations, and the chapters of art history that can be written from a generational perspective. Their quest was underpinned by a rapidly evolving social and political climate that cemented their role as flag bearers of an entire generation of Indonesians in pursuit of freedom, unity and success.

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