Arthur Fleischmann (1896-1990) is the first and only Indo-European artist to have worked wholly in photography and sculpture, and one of the most under-exposed artists of his generation.
Fleischmann's earliest works before he left Europe bore the aesthetics of classicist religious sculptures. Having arrived in Bali in 1938, he encountered and was enthralled by the dances and ritual life of the Balinese, and his figurative sculptures began to take on a distinctive cultural inflexion. The onset of World War II curtailed his time in Bali and led him to move to Sydney, and subsequently London. Despite his departure from Bali, Fleischmann continued to make Balinese subjects a central theme in his works all through the post-war years.
This online exhibition complements and extends from the capsule exhibition of Fleischmann’s photography works that is presented at Art Jakarta 2019, 30 August to 1 September 2019, featuring Fleischmann alongside his contemporaries in 1930s Bali.
Background:Arthur Fleischmann, Ni Runding posing in the Shadow of the Palms, photograph, 24.2 x 17.7 cm