Jakarta Vintage

Indonesia 80’s: A Night To Remember


Imaniar owned the stage with her hits such as: Prahara Cinta, Kacau, Harus Kumiliki, and Ironi. Dance and rap are inclusive.

What do you remember about the 80’s most? For many, it is the ridiculous shoulder pads, leg warmers,  parachute pants. For me, it is the great music. Music that I can sing along. That’s what I expected when I came to see Indonesia’s 80’s, a concert that presented some musicians who ruled the Indonesian music scene in the 80’s: Vina Panduwinata, Harvey Malaiholo, Trie Utami, Elfa’s Singers, Titi DJ, Imaniar, Mus Mujiono, Deddy Dhukun, Fariz RM, and some others, last week.  The seven hour concert has turned the venue –Tennis Indoor Senayan– into a group karaoke where the whole audience sang along and even danced to some upbeat numbers, and yes I was among those who got carried away. The show finale belonged to Fariz RM –the most talented, most productive and most versatile artist in the 80’s. Only he showed up at 1am (in the morning!) when I was too restless to stay (It’s past my bed time, that;s why) . I did enjoy the concert though, maybe also because it was my birthday. Celebrating it with my favorite 80’s musicians is indeed a night I won’t forget.

Mus Mujiono, singer, composer, and guitar player, played his popular numbers such as: Arti Kehidupan, and Tanda Tandanya.
The late comer in 80’s music scene, Titi DJ, sang and tried to be interactive with the audience. Both effort succeeded. Her popular numbers include: Salahkah Aku, Ekspresi, Dunia Boleh Tertawa.
Deddy Dhukun, singer and hit makers in the 80’s, sang some numbers that night, such as: Percayalah Kasih, Melayang, and some others.
The darling of the 80’s Vina Panduwinata cheered up the audience with her many hits such as: Di Dadaku Ada Kamu, Burung Camar, Biru, Dia.
The winner of every singing competition, Harvey Malaiholo toned down with his hits such as Begitulah Cinta and Dara. Looked like he was keeping his big voice for his solo concert next week, or I was too sleepy to appreciate.
Fariz RM, the multi talented musician in the 80’s, showed up last with Sakura, Selangkah Ke Seberang, and Barcelona. I wish he performed earlier so I could enjoy his other hits.
Petite Trie Utami performed early to show off her big voice through Primadona, Kuingin Kau ada, Keraguan.
The boy band from 90’s at 80’s music concert, I dont know why. Anyway, Java Jive performed attractively on stage with Gerangan Cinta and Gadis Malam.
Elfa’s Singers –with Agus Wisman and Lita Zein the band members since early 80’s– stayed cool and at their best performance. They sang among others: Pesta and Aku Jatuh Cinta,

Extra Ordinary Designs At Desain.ID 2012

The most anticipated event on interior design in Indonesia –Desain.ID 2012– has just kicked off at Jakarta Convention Center last Wednesday. This year it focuses on “design in extra ordinary means”…Well, for me it means I have to find extra ordinary and iconic designs to be highlighted here, not hard at all as there are so many interesting works there. Here is my personal choice. Have a restful weekend!

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Big. Bold. Beautiful. That is my impression when I saw these paintings two days ago at Philo Art Space, Kemang Timur. I love the color composition too, like it’s meant to match with modern space. This is the kind of painting that would turn any space –vintage or not– into a beautiful art gallery. The kind of painting that “owns” any space with confidence and presence. Paintings that “demand” attention and stay in your photographic memory even after you don’t see them anymore. I definitely want them all for my home and my office. Not just ten. Congratulations to Tommy F Awuy the curator and Amalia Ahmad for exhibiting such iconic paintings. And bravo of course to Erizal As the artist for the great works.

Beautiful Heads in Darmawangsa

The good thing about having an office space in a mall is every need is only one minute away. Darmawangsa Square –where my office is based– has three art galleries, one auction house and one museum. So today –after I was released from a tiring, long meeting outside– I visited an art exhibition at Yuz Museum which was presenting the artworks of an international contemporary artist Dadang Christanto.  The painting and installation works are curated by Agung Hujatnikajennong.

Through this exhibition the artist “wishes to invite us to reflect upon…history and memory” that’s why you will see plenty of heads in the museum in the next three months– painted with wayang, dogs, buffalo and other javanese objects. Just beautiful. So beautiful that I felt fresh, inspired, almost forgot about that long meeting.


Pretty Artworks For My Pretty Friends

My Private Garden by Nani Sakri, my favourite. Great as a focal point in a big space. Just pretty. I bet all my friends would want this one too.

Iriantine Karnaya and Nani Sakri get together to present their works in an exhibition called DIALOG KERINDUAN commencing now in the Energy Building, in Sudirman Business District. One is a senior contemporary sculptor, the other one is a seasoned painter — and by the way a famous catwalk model of the 70’s, both highlighting woman as their art object.  In my ten minute visit in the exhibition, I have already spotted some artworks that I think may work in my vintage spaces, or would actually be better for the homes of my good friends Ira, Vera, Uti, Irma, Maribelle, Dwita, Geline, Rima, and Andu. My spontaneous comment on all the artworks is: pretty and beautiful. Congratulations.  Here is my pick:

Another pretty painting by Nani Sakri, Transformation. This painting can transform any room into beauty. Maybe Ira would like it for her home.

I dont know what the artist Iriantine means by “Two Days Before” but I think Andu would like it.Andu, this should be yours.


This iconic sculpture, Go Through, is reminding me of my friend Uti who goes thru ups and downs sound and happy.

Loving, Listening, Ears. Sounds like my friend Vera. Would look good in your bed room, Vera.

A Mother’s Gift 2, just the right gift for Irma, a mother of three beautiful kids.

In Harmony With Nature will sure be in harmony in any room and with anyone, especially with Dwita.

Another “Transformation” for Maribelle who transforms everything into the positive. Her huge house would be more grande with this painting.

High Patience, best describes Rima. Make sure it hangs straight Rims.

Over The Boundaries, this one could be about Geline, who crosses boundaries between Indonesia and the Philippines, work and party, day and night….

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The artist, Bismar Siagian, calls his work “Bizzare”, I call it “unique”. 

SINS Fine Art Exhibition was held for five days at Guddang Gallery, just a block away from my office. Yet I missed to pay a visit and get myself a little art education. Luckily the day after it was closed down for public, I managed to visit the venue and enjoy the paintings, as –to my advantage– the artists have not come to pick up their works.

Sabila Cakra says “Mom Loves Cat More Than Me #2”, I say the cat looks cute.

Here is my personal choice again based on: would they go with my vintage pieces. Oh by the way all the artists were aged between 18 to 22…What a nice surprise, such nice works created by such fresh minds.  Enjoy the artworks and have a restful weekend!

The painting below (“Envy”) by Sidhi Pradipta would really look good in my meeting room, or above the piano at home. Well, I guess it would look good anywhere.

Freezing Smile by Ahmad Agung Ramadya, this is good to cheer up the creative room.


The painting in the center is another Sidhi’s work called “Wrath”. Funny I feel happy when I see it.

Below is another “Bizzare” work by Bismar Siagian. Again not so bizzare to me. The last three paintings belong to Sabila. And one word from me: wow!

10 Pieces of Art I Would Bring Home

Last weekend I managed to visit Galeri Nasional which was exhibiting Jatim Art Now, an art exhibition by 149 artists from East Jawa. In my humble opinion as an average Indonesian, I must say that I am impressed with the artworks. I think they are world class. As my friend Handoko always says, the choice of art is a personal matter, and here is my personal choice from the exhibition based on: would they go with my vintage pieces?


O wait. Let me count it again. Not 10 but there are 13 artworks that i would love to have in my vintage home and office. See, art can make you a little disoriented and irrational sometimes. My friend Syanda who works as an art curator asked about my preference on painting and i could not really answer. Now those 13 artworks are my answer. For your information, the exhibition will last until the 5th of July, so you will have plenty of time to pick your choice of art and share them with me her. Have an artful week ahead!