Jakarta’s historical district, Kota Tua, though still romantic in many ways, has been ignored for years and is a bit worst for wear. But the good news is that recently there have been a bunch of efforts and events to revive the beautiful Fatahillah Square and surrounding old Dutch buildings.
The Jakarta Contemporary Artspace is the latest to breathe new life into an existing building by brining fascinating Indonesian contemporary art to the majestic Kantor Pos. Downstairs, it’s still a working post office but the first floor has been home to 47 works brought together around the theme “Identifying Indonesia”. But you’ll have to hurry if you haven’t made your way up North lately, the Artspace stops its run on Saturday.
Identifying Indonesia is an interesting mix of somber and humour, and we think some of the must-see works include the vibrant images of Live Hard, Party Hard by the notoriously funny Instagram artist, Agan Harahap; and Air Pollution by Made Wianta, which features beautiful, haunting plumes of smoke made from motorcycle exhaust pipes.
The entrance fee is Rp. 50,000 and comes with a complimentary drink, but we recommend getting there early and enjoying a cup of coffee at the gorgeous Café Batavia afterwards!
Jakarta Contemporary Art Space. 2nd Floor of Kantor Pos Fatahillah Kawasan Kota Tua Jakarta, p. 62-21/2358-7001.