After much success in developing art-inspired design hotels in Indonesia, Artotel Group introduced Artotel Week, presented by Artotel Project Series as the first-of-its-kind art, music and lifestyle festival in Kota Tua, Jakarta.
We’re sure you’re familiar with Artotel, the design geniuses behind the art-inspired boutique hotel empire in Indonesia. Indeed, art has always been the core concept of their hotels, so it was no surprise when Artotel Project Series decided to host Artotel Week, a festival celebrating young artists, musicians and other creatives in Kota Tua, a part of old town Central Jakarta rich in history and art itself.
The theme of the first Artotel Week was “Stance of Youth” and curated by Saffrie Effendi. The exhibition, held from 8 to 11 November, featured contemporary artwork by emerging talents under the age of 35 such as Arris Aprillo, Arya Mularama, Atreyu Moniaga, Bernie Barto, Bunga Fatia, Cherry Virginia, Dhado Wacky, Hana Madness, Hari Prast, Mahendra Nazar, Muklay and Tomodachi Studio.
The old colonial building of Cipta Niaga was filled with an eclectic collection of mediums that ranged from paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations with vibrant colours. Near the entrance, a coffin filled with a fake turquoise human skeleton and lots of black spray paint cans used by the artist Muklay stood out. Meanwhile, Arris Aprillio displayed a table of sketches on sheets of white paper, crumbled paper balls, markers, a coffee pot, together with his finished painting of a bear carrying an umbrella in the rain, to recreate the creative process at the artist’s own studio. Inside the building, there also was a huge wall dedicated for graffiti artists to demonstrate how they bring their craft to life, from scratch to the finishing touches. All of this was part of the unique residential artist concept of Artotel Week, as artists would be able to showcase their private rituals of crafting their works in the open space.
The exhibition, which also included art talks and workshops, was not the only fun part of this festival. Further inside this historic building, was an open-air stage by Urban Gigs and a coffee stall by Warung Koffie Batavia. Emerging local bands like Silampukau, Tokyolite and Peonies entertained the crowd each night, while the audience could laze around on the bean bags placed on the grass. There was even an art market at the other part of Cipta Niaga Building, featuring limited-edition fashion and art merchandise, delicious food and drinks, as well as a garage sale by lifestyle influencers Reggy Alexander and Regina Raquel. After an incredible first series, we have high hopes for the growing art scene in Jakarta and look forward to the next Artotel Week.