Flora & Fauna by Lee Man Fong

One of my favorite painting from the 17:71 exhibition in National Gallery of Indonesia as it pictures almost perfectly the variety of the floras and faunas in Indonesia, be it in the land and sea. However, this painting is simply titled Flora and Fauna of Indonesian Archipelago. Based on the description, Lee, as the official painter and curator of the Presidential Palace, was assigned to improve the aesthetics of the newly built Hotel Indonesia along with other artists. In the end, he chose to do a mural from which this painting was derived from. The original version of the mural itself is currently being displayed on Cipanas Presidential Palace.

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Rini by Soekarno

Our first president was not only a keen collector of arts but also a decent artist himself. He finished off the Dullah’s neglected sketch and produced this masterpice. The painting is part of the State Palace collection and currently being exhibited in Galery National Indonesia under 17:71 Goresan Juang Kemerdekaan or Painting the Struggles of Independence exhibition until August 30th, 2016 along with other masterpices from notable artists such as Raden Saleh, Affandi, Sudjojono, etc.

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