JAKARTA, 19 July 2017 – The ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Foundation are co-organising a contemporary art exhibition entitled “Assemblage: Reflections on ASEAN” in partnership with Art Agenda, S.E.A., DayaLima, and UOB Indonesia to mark ASEAN’s golden jubilee this year. The thematic exhibition – the first curated exhibition to be held at the ASEAN Secretariat Gallery – will reflect on the transformation and advances ASEAN has made through its member countries and peoples.

The exhibition will showcase more than 15 significant paintings, comprised of artworks on loan from prestigious private collections in the region and from the collection of ASEAN Secretariat, and specially commissioned assemblage sculptures from the emerging Indonesian contemporary artist, Hendra Priyadhani.

Hendra Priyadhani (b. 1981) is one of the most original contemporary artists of his generation. His assemblage works – intricately reworked using found objects that he uncovers in sourcing expeditions – are symbolic of the cultural and economic melting pot that defines the diversed characteristics of Southeast Asia. For this exhibition, Priyadhani has worked closely with the exhibited modern paintings, responding to the visuals and narrative contents of artworks by artists from earlier generations.

The exhibition will open with the juxtaposition of two large canvases both painted in 1962; the first by Indonesian artist Amrus Natalsya, the second by Filipino artist Vicente Silva Manansala. These two panoramic format paintings express two different perspectives on Southeast Asia’s history: the past and future.

“As an ASEAN body that connects people, we are pleased to be involved in this project to welcome people to the ASEAN Gallery – a place where ASEAN people can enjoy the artworks created by talented ASEAN artists. The ‘Assemblage: Reflections on ASEAN’ exhibition invites people to appreciate the richness and diversity of ASEAN and most importantly how this diversity binds people in the ASEAN community in the past, in present time and excitedly for the future,” said Elaine Tan, Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation.

Mr. Kevin Lam, UOB Indonesia President Director, said, “As a leading bank in Asia, we are committed to supporting sustainable businesses and to making a difference in the communities in which we operate, through our focus on art, children and education. We believe artists have an important role to play in connecting communities and helping them to appreciate and to celebrate cultural diversity.”

“Assemblage: Reflections on ASEAN” runs from 28 July – 31 August 2017 at ASEAN Gallery, located at Jalan Sisingamangaraja 70A, Jakarta. The exhibition is open Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Closed on Saturday, Sunday & public holidays unless by appointment. Admission is free.  For enquiries please call +62 (21) 7262991 ext. 244 or 246.