The Sardono Retrospective is a major showcase of this pioneering master performing artist from Southeast Asia. It is a unique occasion to witness and experience his paintings, films and dance choreography, a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see how an artist has evolved over the years by harnessing new ways to express himself. For this retrospective which traces his remarkable artistic oeuvre, Sardono W. Kusumo looks back on what he has learnt from working and performing in the last 50 years with the traditional cultures and arts of Indonesia and its 17,000 islands, where Sumatra and Java are very different from Borneo and Kalimantan.
Sardono has created a number of experimental films exploring varied themes, from village life and Javanese mythology to environmental destruction and, recently, the Arab Spring. In particular, Sardono has made an extensive tribute to the great painter Raden Saleh, one of the earliest Asian painters living in Europe. Reminded of Raden, who once lived in the City of Light more than 100 years earlier, Sardono donned replica clothing, walking the Parisian streets and boulevards late at night and contemplating its atmosphere and mood.
Expanded Cinema is an eye-opening collection of archive footage, shot with an 8mm camera since 1970, and experimental films by Sardono. Never before exhibited, this personal collection with re-mastered old film prints reveals the background context of his famous modern kecak, the amazing monkey dance, which is seen by most tourists who visit Bali today.
Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).
Rating: Mature 18, Consumer Advice Nudity
Tuedays to Sundays: 10am – 9pm
(last admission at 8.30pm)
Closed on Mondays