National Gallery Displays $1.35 Million Russian Painting From Sukarno's Collection i

The Presidential Palace's collection of paintings will be displayed at the National Gallery in Jakarta on Aug. 2-30. (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 8:24 PM August 11, 2017
Category : News, Tourism

Jakarta. The Presidential Palace's collection of paintings presented in the "Songs of Motherland" exhibition at the National Gallery in Jakarta, features two works by 19th-century Russian painter Konstantin Yegorovich Makovsky.

One of Makovsky's canvases displayed is a portrayal of a traditional Russian wedding, created by the artist in 1881.

The huge painting, measuring 295 centimeters by 450 centimeters and estimated to be worth more than Rp 18 billion ($1.35 million), was a gift for Indonesia's first President Sukarno, presented to him by Nikita Khrushchev during a visit to the Soviet Union.

Due to conservation difficulties and the painting's size, it is not the original that the gallery displays, but its copy on a big LED screen.

"During his life, Makovsky made only three large-size paintings. Two of them were given to President Sukarno, and the other one was presented to the British Monarch," curator Asikin Hasan said on Thursday (10/08).

Sukarno, who befriended many local and foreign artists, was also known as an avid art collector.

The exhibition features 48 paintings by 19th and 20th-century painters such as Basoeki Abdullah, Raden Saleh, Wakidi, Lee Man Fong, Rudolf Bonet, Itji Tarmizi, A.D Pirous, and Alimin Tamin.

It is divided into four sections: nature, daily life, tradition and identity, mythology and religion.

Beside paintings, the exhibition also showcases a number of important documents about the Presidential Palace's collections.

"Songs of Motherland" will be open until Aug. 30.

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