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About “MAM Research”

Japanese and Asian contemporary art is one of the main focuses of the Mori Art Museum's programs, yet “Asia” covers a broad territory, making it difficult to grasp an overall picture of it. The “MAM Research” series intends to examine the multi-layered social, political and economic backgrounds that have given rise to Asian contemporary art and sees to shed light on their historical contexts, while focusing on individual artists, curators, art movements and art institutions throughout Asia. Premised on collaborative projects with archives, research institutions and scholars, “MAM Research” does not limit exhibited items to “artworks” but also presents such materials as videos, photographs, texts and historical records.

MAM Research 003: Fantasy World Supermarket
- Approaches, Practice and Thinking Since the Indonesia New Art Movement in 1970s

In “MAM Research 003,” we introduce the Indonesia New Art Movement (Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru/GSRBI) in the 1970s, often said to have marked the birth of contemporary art in Indonesia. The Movement was centered on a group of mainly young artists including FX Harsono and Jim Supangkat who freed themselves from the existing framework of Indonesian modern art, based predominantly on “western” context - with the dominance of expressionism, realism, abstract and surrealism. In 1975, they organized an exhibition titled “Indonesia New Art.” Exhibitions with the same title followed through the late 1980s, with the last one also held in Perth, Australia in 1989.
This exhibition focuses in particular on the 1987 “Indonesia New Art (Project 1: Fantasy World Supermarket)” exhibition which was themed with consumerism, capitalism, popular culture, et al., and was also looking to explore what it meant to artistically collaborate and work together on production as connecting point to the current practice. Through a variety of archival materials and interviews, we attempt to reexamine the past, and the current practice of Indonesian art.

Cover of Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru
(Indonesia New Art Movement)

Courtesy: FX Harsono, Jim Supangkat, S. Prinka
Photo courtesy: Collection of Hyphen

Cover of Pasaraya Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World Supermarket)
Exhibition Catalogue
Courtesy: Taufan S. Ch, Gendut Riyanto, Priyanto S., S. Malela
Photo courtesy: Enin Supriyanto

General Information

Period: Saturday, March 26 – Sunday, July 10, 2016
Organizer: Mori Art Museum
Curated by: Kumakura Haruko (Assistant Curator, Mori Art Museum),
Grace Samboh (Independent Curator)
Venue: Mori Art Museum

Open Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Tuesdays: 10:00-17:00)
* Tuesday of May 3 open until 22:00.
* Admission until 30 minutes before closing.
* Open everyday.

Admission: Adult: ¥1,800
University / Highschool student: ¥1,200
Child (Age 4 up to Junior highschool student): ¥600
Senior (Ages 65 & over): ¥1,500
* All prices include tax.
* Ticket also valid for “Roppongi Crossing 2016,” “MAM Collection,” “MAM Screen.”
* Ticket also valid for Tokyo City View observation deck.
* Additional entrance fee to the Sky Deck is required.
Inquiries: +81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)


Curators Talk
“The History and Practice of Indonesian Contemporary Art”
* Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

The co-curator of this exhibition, Grace Samboh introduces the art scene of the Indonesia since the 1970s Indonesia New Art Movement, to the current contemporary art practice.

Speaker: Grace Samboh (Independent Curator / Co-curator of the exhibition)
Discussant: Kumakura Haruko (Assistant Curator, Mori Art Museum / Co-curator of the exhibition)
Date & Time: 19:00-20:30, Sunday, March 27, 2016 (Doors open: 18:30)
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 80 (booking required)
Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Booking: * Booked Out

Grace Samboh

Grace Samboh

Notice Regarding Photography in the Gallery

At the exhibition “MAM Research 003: Fantasy World Supermarket - Approaches, Practice and Thinking Since the Indonesia New Art Movement in 1970s,” you can photograph the artworks under the following conditions.

When taking permitted photographs:

Do NOT touch the works of art.
Do NOT interfere with other visitors' enjoyment of the museum.
Do NOT use flash lighting.
Do NOT use tripods and selfie sticks.
Do NOT FILM the art works.

When using photographs taken of the exhibition:

  • Photographs may be used for non-commercial purposes only. Photographs may NOT be used for commercial purposes.
  • Photographs may NOT be altered in any ways.
  • The conditions above are licensed under the Creative Commons License. When uploading photographs for blogs or any other photo-sharing services, please make sure to display the below marks and phrases with the photograph.


Artist’s name and work title: FX Harsono Plastic Flower
This photograph is licensed under “Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 2.1 Japan.”

* For details about the Creative Commons License and marks, please see the Creative Commons Japan website: http://creativecommons.jp
* If photographs that include other museum visitors are made public, they may infringe on that person’ s right of portrait.