Founded in 2014, Jakarta Biennale Foundation is an independent institution that supports the development of contemporary art and culture in Indonesia in a global context, through programs such as Curatorial Lab, art education for the public, and Jakarta Biennale, an international bi-annual contemporary art event held in Jakarta.
From 1974 to 2013, the Jakarta Biennale had been organized by Jakarta Arts Council (DKJ). Due to its three-yearly structural change, the Council eventually could not accommodate a biennale, which needs to continually identify and interpret art and cultural phenomena, in order to devise and organize an artistic strategy that contributes to the cultural, social, and political progress, both in local and global scale. Therefore, after 15th Jakarta Biennale in 2013, Jakarta Biennale Foundation was founded as an independent institution to answer the challenges. DKJ not only took part in establishing the foundation, but has also played a role as a consultant, trustee, and supervisor.
In 2014, Jakarta Biennale Foundation was founded by artists, curators, art workers, and academics, who come from various disciplines and have considerable experiences in Indonesia’s art scene and organizations. Through its programs, Jakarta Biennale Foundation aims to have significant contributions to the development of critical, artistic ideas by the public, and is continuously collaborating with various parties in a sustainable network.
Jakarta Biennale is an international bi-annual event of contemporary art. The event is conceived through incisive and continuous interpretations of the social, political, and cultural progress in urban areas. For this matter, Jakarta is deemed as a complex arena, both in the local and global context. As part of the art and cultural ecosystem, Jakarta Biennale plays a key role in providing a vehicle for freedom of expression, as well as inspiring critical ideas and reactions to various cultural, social, political, and economic issues, through an eclectic collection of art works and projects to showcase to the public every two years.
In 2015, Jakarta Biennale developed the Curators Lab, a long-term program inviting young curators from various Indonesian cities. In each edition of Jakarta Biennale, Curators Lab work as an educational and collaborative platform between emerging and experienced curators. Throughout the program, the selected curators will engage with artists and communities in their respective cities to stimulate exchanges of knowledge and practices among them. With this program, Jakarta Biennale aims to support curators as a new generation of significant cultural players in various Indonesian cities.
Public Education Program
Public Education Program is a sustainable art education program through discussions, symposiums, workshops, and book publication. In addition to nurturing an understanding of art by Jakarta Biennale, the program collaborates with art experts to demonstrate to the young generation, as well as to their parents and teachers, about the importance of art and what it can do in their daily life.