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Fine Art and Ceramic Museum (Museum Senirupa dan Keramik)

Address: Jl. Taman Fatahillah No. 1 West Jakarta, Telp. (021) 6929101,  Fax. (021) 6902387

Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 09.00 – 15.00, closed on Monday and holidays


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Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, Jakarta

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Fine Art and Ceramic Museum presents collections of ndonesian artist works of art from the era of 1800 to the current era. Fine Art and Ceramic Museum occupies a building, named Fine Art Hall. Before it’s occupied as a museum, the hall had been occupied by many organizations and instances from the time of Holland collonialization to the after independence time.

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The HallOn 21 January, 1870 the hall was built as a Holland Court or Raad Van Justitie. The hall was ever occupied as military barrack in the era of Nippon colony. In 1967 the hall was occupied as West Jakarta Mayor Office, and until 1975 it was occupied as the office of DKI Jakarta’s Museum and History Official Duty. In 1972, the hall was determined as a historical building protected by monument law. On 20 August 1976, the hall was officially announced as Fine Art Hall by the second president of Indonesia, Soeharto. Since 1990 the hall was changed to Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, as it’s now.

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PaintingsThe Indonesian works of art saved in Fine Art and Ceramic Museum originated from various eras. Some are from the era of Raden Saleh (1800-1880), Charming Indies (1920), Persagi (1938), Japan (1942), the founding of art studio (1945), the born of Realism Academics (1950), and the era of new Indonesian Fine Art. Some collections of paintings including the painting of “Potret Diri” (means: My Picture) by Affandy, which was painted on a canvas using oil paint, in 1975; “Potret Diri dan Topeng” (means: My Picture and Mask) a painting by Affandy, painted on canvas using oil paint, in 1960; “Menyusui” (means: Milking) painted by Dullah in 1971 ,on a canvas using oil paint; “Barong” painted by anonymous on paper; “Pejuang” (means: Warrior) painted by Agus Djaya on a hardboard using oil paint, in 1957; reproduction of “Gunung Merapi Meletus” (means: Mount Merapi Erupting) in day time and evening time version, painted by Raden Saleh in 1865. The original painting of “Gunung Merapi Meletus” is saved in Geology Museum, Leiden, Nedherland. The artist that reproduced the painting is Andot Roseno, painted on canvas using oil paint, in 2004. Besides those paintings there’re still many more painting in Fine Art and Ceramic Museum. The museum displays sculptures as well which have both the abstract and realist motif from time to time. One of the sculpture displayed in Fine Art and Ceramic Museum is Totem Asmat.

Ceramic Collections

CeramicsFine Art and Ceramic Museum displays some ceramics from central industry in various territories in Indonesia as well, and some creative cotemporary ceramic from Indonesian ceramic artists. There are also ceramic collections from abroad originated from 16th century to the beginning of 20th century. Some of them are from Chinese, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and Europe. The ceramics are in various kind of form including a big vase with leaf motif that was coming from Europe in 20th century, Chinese jug from Ming Dynasty in 16th century, water jar in brown color with seven ears on it and decorated with seven dragon, coming from the Ching Dynasty in China, three colors bowl from Europe in 20th century, and many other beautiful ceramics.

Potret Diri Tiga Wanita Menyusui Gunung Merapi Barong
Muteran Ming Dynasty Warrior Jug Front Park
  • Bank Mandiri Museum and Bank Indonesia Museum located at the cross of busway terminal is about 300 meters away from Fine Art and Ceramic Museum. If you are interested in Indonesian money and banking history, then you should visit these museums. You might want to enjoy Kota Tua Station for the unique inside the station, and seeing the activities inside.
  • To reach Fine Art and Ceramic Museum you could ride a taxi or public transportation, like busway. If you choose to ride busway, please ride the first corridor busway with Blok M to Kota Tua route. You need to get off at the Kota Tua Terminal which is the last terminal where the busway will stop before go back to Blok M. You could reach Fine Art and Ceramic Museum by walk from the terminal, since the distance is only about 300 meters, or you could ride a bicycle which local people call as bicycle ojek.