The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN) will be the first Indonesian museum to welcome a collection of modern and contemporary art from 2017.
Based in Jakarta, it is a private museum constructed and financed by Indonesian collector and businessman Haryanto Adikoesoemo. The museum will namely hold Haryanto Adikoesoemo’s private collection, consisting of nearly 800 modern and contemporary works. The museum’s director will be Thomas J. Berghuis, former curator of Chinese art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The museum’s construction occurs in a flourishing cultural context. Indonesia already has a vast network of galleries, independent art centres and artist residences, but also the Jakarta Biennale and the yearly festival ArtJog. The founder’s ambition is “to develop and advance the understanding of Indonesians about art and the appreciation of art.” He adds: “I also want this museum to help cross-pollinate exchanges with Indonesia and the world, to provide a platform for Indonesian art internationally and to bring international art in Indonesia.”