Galerie Helder


 IND - 1977

Maryanto visualizes an alternative history of his home country Indonesia, addressing issues like poverty, pollution, exploitation and corruption. His fable-like drawings recount the effects of mining and technological development on the urban landscape. He uses propaganda aesthetics to portray Suharto and his wife, as well as the people who disappeared during their reign, adding an unsettling shade of black to the portraits. With his grim aesthetics Maryanto critically investigates the dissonance between formal historiography and his personal memories.


The artist exhibits good craftsmanship, using as subject the content of local (Indonesian) politics and history, while exhibiting an understanding to international conceptual art history. The themes explored in this exhibition include natural landscape as political conduit, rejuvenation and reinvigoration, utopia. Here, parasites camouflage against the natural environment to symbolize corruption festering back home, and manmade objects mar the untamed beauty of the wilderness to elucidate the mechanical destruction
of nature.


Whilst Maryanto critiques the seemingly futile struggle against incessant corruption in Indonesia through references to Greek mythology, he does not exclude the possibility of rejuvenation and reinvigoration. Combining both monochromatic and colorful drawings in this exhibition, Maryanto projects a sliver of hope amidst the backdrop of the bleak and dire political landscape. In this particular series of work, the artist moves on from his previous series of large romantic landscapes evoking mining, pollution and degradation of land, to these somewhat cautiously “hopeful” natural landscapes. The artist comments that he wishes to retain and document what is there in “nature”, while it is still there, before it all disappears. (Maryanto: Space of exception by Audrey Yeo)



1997 – 2005

Faculty of Fine Art, Indonesia Institute of the Art, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2012 – 2013

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam



2019 ‘A Journey of Forking Paths’, Yeo Workshop, Singapore

2019 ‘permanent osmosis’ LIR Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2017 ‘Story of Space’, Yeo Workshop, Singapore

2015 ‘Space of Exception’, Yeo Workshop, Singapore


- ‘RABKopen 2013’, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam,

- ‘Contemporary Indonesia: Maryanto’, ArtAffairs, Amsterdam,

- ‘The New Order’, Heden, Den Haag,

2012 ‘RABKopen 2012’, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2011

- ‘Once upon a time in Rawalelatu’, Galeri Semarang,

- JAD Main Hall, Jakarta, Indonesia

2008 ‘Rawalelatu’, Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2005 ‘A graphic art exhibition’, Wisma Ary’s, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2003 ‘Minggiran’, Quatro Gato Cafe, Alicante, Spain




- 900 mdpl, “Ghosts of a Thousand Conversations”, Kaliurang, Indonesia

- ‘Eastern Rhythms Indonesia’, The Triangle Tower of Serdica, Sofia Bulgaria

- Art Jakarta 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia

- ‘Indonesian Contemporary Art and Design 2019:

- Faktor X’, grandkemang Hotel Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia


- ‘Java Art Energy’ Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris, France

- ‘II. Industrial Art Biennial’, Labin Art Express XXI, Labin, Croatia

- ‘Pressing Matters’, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands

- ‘Behind the Terrain - Sketches on imaginative landscape’, Koganei Art Spot Chateau, Tokyo, Japan


- 'After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art’, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, Australia

- ‘ACC-Rijksakademie Dialogue and Exchange’, Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju, South Korea ‘Europalia’, Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium


- ‘Behind the Terrain - sketches on imaginative landscape’, Studio Kalahan, Yogyakarta

- ‘In Search of Balance’, Setouchi Triennale, Naoshima, Japan

- Art | JOG |16, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia

- Art Basel Hong Kong, Discoveries Section


- ‘Maju Kena Mundur Kena: Learning in The Present’, Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia - ‘Hacking Conflict’, Jogja Biennale XIII, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

- Art Bazaar Jakarta 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

- Art | JOG | 15, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia

- ‘AFTER UTOPIA’, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Art Paris Art Fair


- Grand Palais, Paris, France


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