by Richard Horstman


The extraordinary contribution to Indonesian modern art by Seabad Sudjojono (b. Sumatra 1913-86) led to the development of a new nationalist painting genre during the most crucial period in the social/political independence struggle of the Indonesian people.


In 1938 Sudjojono along with other artists established the collective PERSAGI (the Indonesian Painters Association). They stipulated that contemporary art should reflect the personal views of the artist so as to express the social thoughts that characterize the nation. This began the search for a new identity and a nationalistic painting style.




This was not only a highly influential collective that steered the current direction of contemporary art, however it was a platform for writers, poets, actors, journalists and politicians to promote the aspirations of people wishing to overthrow Dutch colonial rule – Indonesian people striving for freedom.


An art exhibition to commemorate 100 years since the birth of the artist, “Sudjojono 1913 1986” Began on Sunday 27th October and runs until 8th November at the House of Masks and Puppets Setiadarma in Ubud.





The exhibition includes drawings, illustrations, photographs, paintings and memorabilia of the artist including clothes and his famous pipe from the collection of the Sudjojono family. This is a rare opportunity for people in Bali to take a deeper look into the life of the Indonesian maestro labeled the father of Indonesian modern art.


“Seabad Sudjojono 1913-2013” continues until the 8th November, 2013 at the House of Masks & Puppets Setiadarma, Jalan Tegal Bingin, Tengkulak Tengah, Kemenuh, Gianyar, Bali. Open daily 9am – 6pm. Phone +62361977404