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Gretchen Liu. Innovative Spirit: Indonesian Pavilion at Art Stage Singapore

In its third year, Art Stage Singapore has come into its own in its role of fostering the burgeoning Southeast Asian art scene. Held from 24 to 27 January at the Marina Bay exhibition centre, the fair drew a record 40,500 visitors. A major highlight was the Indonesian Pavilion, which was billed by organizers as ‘the largest international showcase of contemporary Indonesian art to date’. The concept of this pavilion was initially met with criticism, as galleries feared it would be to the detriment of the rest of the fair, but the space turned out to be the main attraction of the event.

The organizers brought together 36 of the country’s most talented and innovative artists in a generous space that allowed the large works – most of which were specially created – to shine. A preview of the pavilion came in the form of a single, massive installation by Entang Wiharso (b. 1967) prominently placed just inside the main entrance to the exhibition. Chronicle Fences, a 15-metre-long work in metal, is typical of the artist’s dramatic large-scale sculptural works juxtaposing the archaic and the contemporary. 
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