Indonesia Art Scene Continue to Rise; Bazaar Art Jakarta 2016



With the conclusion of the 4-day celebration on Sunday, 28 August 2016, at the Grand Ballroom The-Ritz Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place, BAZAAR ART JAKARTA (BAJ) 2016 has once again managed to uphold its vision and accomplish its mission that has been imprinted since its inception in 2008. This is to promote Indonesia as the art hub in South East Asia in front of the global audience by engaging both local and international galleries in its programs. 

The biggest art fair in Indonesia witnesses the rise of support from various parties, including a solid form of support from Indonesia’s local government. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as the Governor of DKI Jakarta and Triawan Munaf as the Chairman of Indonesia Creative Economy Agency (BEKRAF) ceremoniously opened BAJ 2016 on Thursday, 25 August 2016. As the organizer of BAJ for eight consecutive years, Harper’s Bazaar commitment is exemplified in the increasingly varied and innovative programs offered year after year as well as the continuous improvement performed so that the first and biggest art fair in Indonesia can be the nation’s pride and joy.




During the grand opening, VIP guests and local media who were eager to witness what BAJ had to offer this year flooded BAJ 2016 venue. Visitors commended widespread admiration for all of art works showcased by the 42 participating galleries this year. Contemporary arts received a special spotlight that day and all in the attendance could truly experience the manifestation of BAJ 2016 slogan, “Food for Soul #IndonesianPride.”


Hailed as the national pride, this year’s BAZAAR ART Jakarta managed to achieve: 

 Total of 2.000 artworks from 42 local and international galleries showcased 

 Total of 45.173 visitors to the venue since its grand opening ceremony 

 Total sales of IDR 104 billion, which sees an increase from last year’s number


“We are very grateful as to what BAZAAR ART JAKARTA managed to accomplish this year. All of the hard works conducted by all parties have successfully become a part of the long campaign in establishing Indonesia, especially the city of Jakarta, as the art hub of Asia. BAZAAR ART Jakarta has a lot of tasks for the future and I truly hope it can continue to offer more variety and innovation in order to increase the Indonesian public’s appreciation for its own arts, and in return strengthen the image of Indonesia in the eyes of the global arts community. With committed support by the general public and the government, BAZAAR ART JAKARTA will continue to become an art fair with class and integrity,” enclosed Vivi Yip, Fair Director BAJ 2016.

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