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Contemporary Indonesian Art

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Art Historian Tony Godfrey discusses recent developments in Indonesian contemporary art. Godfrey explores questions about a national tradition of art, predominantly painting, has come into being since Indonesian independence in 1945. Art in Indonesia has often been responsive to political or social change, it is also often highly poetic, very satiric and funny. Why is this? Indonesian art is becoming more international: is it in danger of losing its connection to traditional culture and its role in the historical development of the country?