Mukti Negeriku! (My Glorious Country!)
The Battle of Sultan Agung Through The Strokes of S. Sudjojono
Exhibition and Book Launch
28 August 2021 – 28 February 2022
Santy Saptari Art Consulting is proud to curate and design Mukti Negeriku! (My Glorious Country!): The Battle of Sultan Agung Through The Strokes of S. Sudjojono.
Sindudarsono Sudjojono (1913-1986) was known as the “Father of Modern Indonesian Art”, a visionary artist and a brilliant thinker, who through his works and thoughts shaped the development of modern Indonesian art that reflected the spirit of the nation since 1930s.
This exhibition examines the importance of Sudjojono and his contribution in building modern Indonesian art, through one of his masterpieces, The Battle of Sultan Agung and Jan Pieterszoon Coen. The painting was commissioned by Ali Sadikin, who at the time was the Governor of DKI Jakarta, for the museum’s opening ceremony in 1974, and currently in the collection of Jakarta History Museum. The exhibition features a reproduction of the painting and dozens of sketches that Sudjojono had produced in preparation for the making of the painting. All 38 sketches, now belonging to Tumurun Private Museum collection, are displayed in their entirety for the first time in Indonesia during this exhibition.
Sultan Agung (1593-1645) was the third sultan to rule the Islamic Mataram Sultanate, who during his reign (1613-1645), developed Mataram into one of the largest and most respected kingdoms in the archipelago. Sultan Agung’s most prominent historic battles was his attack on Batavia which at the time was ruled by JP Coen, the Governor General of VOC (Dutch East India Company) in 1628 and 1629. Although the attacks were unsuccessful, they were considered as some of the most colossal assaults between the natives against the Dutch colonists in Indonesian history.
As a companion read of the exhibition, Tumurun Museum with Santy Saptari Art Consulting published "Sultan Agung dalam Goresan S. Sudjojono” (Sultan Agung Through The Strokes of S. Sudjojono) with Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia.
The book is edited by Santy Saptari and written by Bondan Kanumoyoso, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia, and Syed Muhammad Hafiz, Curatorial Fellow at the Malay Heritage Centre.
It provides an in-depth narrative of S. Sudjojono’s painting, “Sejarah Perjuangan Sultan Agung” along with his 38 sketches, which were made in preparation for the painting. The narrative also dives into the background, process, values, and message of the painting and sketches.
"Sultan Agung dalam Goresan S. Sudjojono” (Sultan Agung Through The Strokes of S. Sudjojono) is available in English and Bahasa Indonesia. Purchase can be made through Tumurun Museum and Gramedia Digital website.