Ade Darmawan

adeDarmwanaBorn in 1974, Ade Darmawan is one of the founders and director of the artists’ initiative, ruangrupa. He also served as a member of the Jakarta Arts Council (DKJ) between 2006 and 2009. He received his formal art education from the Indonesian Art Institute, Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunste, the Netherlands. Since his first solo exhibition in 1997, Ade has participated in countless exhibitions, art projects, workshops, and festivals—both domestically and internationally—either as an artist, curator, programmer, or project director. He has also received grants to support his work, including that of UNESCO and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2012, Ade Darmawan co-curated “Manifesto #3”, a large-scale exhibition of Indonesian Art held at the Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta. His most recent solo show was “Human Resource Development”, Ark Galerie (2012).

Selected Exhibitions (as artist):

2012– “Human Resource Development”. Solo show. Ark Galerie, Jakarta, Indonesia

2009– “Magnetic Power: Contemporary Photography & Media Art Exhibition”. Group exhibition.

Seoul, South Korea

2008– “Manifesto”. Large-scale group exhibition. Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2007– “Sisa”. Group exhibition. University of Technology Sydney Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2005– exhibiting with ruangrupa at “Istanbul”, Istanbul Biennale, Turkey

2005– “Taboo and Transgression in Contemporary Indonesian Art”. Group exhibition. Herbert F.

Johnson Museum of Art, New York, USA

2004– “Identity vs. Globalisation?” Group exhibition. Chiang Mai Art Museum & The National

Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand; and Museum of Ethnology, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany

2001– “Big Show”. Group exhibition. New International Cultural Center, Antwerp, Belgium

2000– “Seni Rupa Campur: Indonesian Young Artists Exhibition”. Group exhibition. Centrum

Beeldende Kunst, Dordrecht, the Netherlands

2000– Group exhibition at Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, India

Selected Exhibitions (as curator, programmer, or director):

2012– “3rd Manifesto: Order and Conflict” with Rizki A Zaelani (co-curator). Indonesian National

Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2012– “Riverscape IN FLUX”, Hanoi, Saigon, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Jakarta, Manila

2011– “City Net Asia”. Seoul Museum of Art. Seoul, South Korea

2006– “Fixer: An exhibition of alternative spaces and artist collectives in Indonesia”. North Art

Space, Ancol, Jakarta, Indonesia

2006– Jakarta Slingshortfest, Southeast Asian Short Film Festival. Jakarta, Indonesia

2004– “Have We Met?” Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo, Japan

2003, 2005, 2007, 2009– OK. Video, Jakarta International Video Festival. Jakarta, Indonesia


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Found object, Installation

2 x 2 meter ( variable dimension )




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