Wednesday, January 21, 2015

From the Collection of Çaka Datuk (lots # 097 to 120)

Collections are often accumulated for decades, and sometimes even centuries. Each of the art work that is added to the collection, contribute in shaping the stories and histories or the personality and/or his/her family. Then comes a time to part with the collection. As touching or sad it may be, perhaps comes with this, is the time to tell and share the stories and histories, not only of the art pieces in the collection, but throught the art, also the personal history of the individual and his/her family.

[caption id="attachment_628" align="aligncenter" width="220"]097 Hasim Potret Adam Malik 1975 097
Potret Adam Malik

[caption id="attachment_629" align="aligncenter" width="217"]098 Srihadhy Bunga 1966 098

[caption id="attachment_630" align="aligncenter" width="221"]099 Trubus Soedarsono Wanita 1958 099
Trubus Soedarsono

[caption id="attachment_631" align="aligncenter" width="300"]100 Isa Hassanda Ceremony In Bali 1981 100
Isa Hassanda
Ceremony In Bali

[caption id="attachment_632" align="aligncenter" width="212"]101 Çaka Datuk Penabuh Gendang Puri Saren - Ubud 1978 101
Çaka Datuk
Penabuh Gendang Puri Saren - Ubud

[caption id="attachment_633" align="aligncenter" width="206"]102 Sukada, Made Acinthya 1973 102
Sukada, Made

[caption id="attachment_634" align="aligncenter" width="217"]104 Çaka Datuk Spakenburg Haven - Hollan 1979 104
Çaka Datuk
Spakenburg Haven - Hollan

[caption id="attachment_635" align="aligncenter" width="248"]108 Abas Alibasyah Topeng 1968 108
Abas Alibasyah

[caption id="attachment_636" align="aligncenter" width="236"]109 Aas Alibasyah Topeng 1968 109
Aas Alibasyah

[caption id="attachment_637" align="aligncenter" width="300"]116 Çaka Datuk Wanita Pengamen Sitter Jalanan 1999 116
Çaka Datuk
Wanita Pengamen Sitter Jalanan

[caption id="attachment_638" align="aligncenter" width="229"]119 Bonnet, Johan Rudolf Studies of Figures pencil on paper 119
Bonnet, Johan Rudolf
Studies of Figures
pencil on paper[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_639" align="aligncenter" width="300"]120 Bonnet, Johan Rudolf Male Figure 1970 120
Bonnet, Johan Rudolf
Male Figure

Born on December 9th, 1933 in  Bima,  on the island of Sumbawa, in West Nusa Tenggara, Muhammad Zakaria Datuk,  Çaka Datuk was the fifth of eight children of Rustam Datuk Sari Maradjo and, Siti Sarah. His father was an employee of the Dutch East Indies colonial government who was stationed in Nusa Tenggara, while his mother was born on  Rote island off Timor, in East Nuasa Tenggara. He spent his childhood moving from one town to another around Nusa Tenggara, following his father’s assignments. He attended grade school in Mataloko (Flores Island)  and Soe (Timor Island). in 1948, he was sent to live with his eldest brother Abdul Madjid Datuk in Jakarta to enter the Van Lith junior high school on Jl. Gunung Sahari.

Since he was very young, Çaka Datuk had already had great interest in art. His teacher at Van Lith encouraged him to continue to make artworks. He was determined to continue his education at the Art High School  (Sekolah Seni Rupa Indonesia/SESRI) in Yogyakarta, and then to the Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts (Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia/ASRI). At ASRI, he became acquainted with Wardoyo, Abas Alibasyah, Amri Yahya, Sapto Hoedoyo, Bagong Kussudiardjo, and many other artists who later gained recognition.  Among the most influential of his teachers were Trubus Sudarsono dan Rudolf Bonnet, who at one point became a visiting professor at the academy. According to Hilly de Roever-Bonnet, the Dutch artist’s niece and biographer, Bonnet considered Çaka Datuk as his protégé.

Along with the exodus of the Dutch residents from Indonesia, Bonnet also returned to the Netherlands in 1957. In 1966, Çaka Datuk continued his studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1966. Although his initial interest was in fine art, at the academy his interest shifted to fashion design. Upon his completion of the program, he worked as a fashion designer, with none less than Queen Juliana being one of his clients.

Since the late 1960s Bonnet was living at the Rosa Spier Huis, an elderly home especially for artists in Laren. On weekends he would visit Çaka in Amsterdam, reminiscing about Indonesia. During his visits, Bonnet would occasionally make drawings of Çaka and his nephew Wim Sulaiman “Upu” Datuk.

In 1978, both Rudolf Bonnet and his colleague Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, the Prince of Ubud  and founder of the Museum Puri Lukisan passed way in 1978. Bonnet was allowed to be ceremonially cremated as part of the the Tjokorda’s great royal cremation in 1979. Çaka and Hilly de Roever-Bonnet took part in the ceremonies.

Not long thereafter, in 1984, Çaka Datuk returned to Indonesia and lived in Jakarta, working as a fashion designer. His combined interest in fine art and fashion design also led him to design textile, and produced among others contemporary Timor Ikat weavings and Minangkabau gold thread Songket.

After suffering from chronic diabetes, Çaka Datuk passed away in Jakarta, on May 4th, 2014.

Over twenty artworks, mostly consisting of the works of this talented artist, along with art works by other prominent artists with whom he was quite closely acquainted, namely Rudolf Bonnet, Trubus, Abas Alibasyah, Isa Hasanda, and Made Sukada, are featured in this auction.

Link to our auction catalog:

Artworks in our upcoming Fine Art Auction, Jakarta, Sunday, 1 February 2015

Here are some of the paintings in our upcoming Fine Art Auction, Jakarta, Sunday, 1 February 2015

[caption id="attachment_405" align="aligncenter" width="175"]Dullah's Penjual Sate An early work by the Indonesian Realist Dullah's Penjual Sate
An early work by the Indonesian Realist [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_409" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Itji Tarmizi Itji Tarmizi[/caption]

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

From the Manfred Schoeni Collection of Indonesian and Southeast Asian Art

"Long after we are gone, art can live on and let future generations decide if art should survive or become obsolete."

-- Manfred Schoeni, 1999
(from The Art of Manfred Schoeni exhibition catalogue)


Ten years have passed since Asian art enthusiasts were shocked by the news of the tragic death of Hong Kong based art dealer, entrepreneur and also artist Manfred Schoeni, during his vacation in Boracay, The Philippines, on May 2004.

In the art world, Manfred Schoeni was best known as one of Hong Kong’s leading dealers for Chinese contemporary art. His Schoeni Art Gallery was opened in 1992 and it became one of the most successful showcases of contemporary Chinese art in Hong Kong.

While Schoeni is most famous for his engagement with Chinese art, during his numerous visits to Bali he had also started acquiring Indonesian art and art about Indonesia, as well as Southeast Asia.

[caption id="attachment_617" align="aligncenter" width="300"]035 San Miguel, Roger Mother and Child IV oil on canvas 035
San Miguel, Roger
Mother and Child IV
oil on canvas[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_618" align="aligncenter" width="259"]036 San Miguel, Roger Love 036
San Miguel, Roger

[caption id="attachment_619" align="aligncenter" width="300"]037 Husner, Paul Balinese Landscape 1998 - 1999 037
Husner, Paul
Balinese Landscape
1998 - 1999[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_620" align="aligncenter" width="300"]038 Husner, Paul Landscape of Bali, Iseh 2001 038
Husner, Paul
Landscape of Bali, Iseh

[caption id="attachment_621" align="aligncenter" width="300"]039 Husner, Paul Balinese Landscape - Ubud 1997 - 1998 039
Husner, Paul
Balinese Landscape - Ubud
1997 - 1998[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_622" align="aligncenter" width="278"]040 Dullah Portrait of a Girl with Flowers in Her Hair 040
Portrait of a Girl with Flowers in
Her Hair[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_609" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Sutawijaya, Putu Freedom I 028    Sutawijaya, Putu
Freedom I[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_611" align="aligncenter" width="243"]029 Sujena, Nengah Masih Kepopong (Cocoons) 2003 029
Sujena, Nengah
Masih Kepopong (Cocoons)

[caption id="attachment_612" align="aligncenter" width="216"]030 Sudiana, Putu Contradiction 2003 030
Sudiana, Putu

[caption id="attachment_613" align="aligncenter" width="300"]031 Teja Mulya, I Komang Gede Tarian Rakyat (Folk Dancing) 2003 031
Teja Mulya, I Komang Gede
Tarian Rakyat (Folk Dancing)

[caption id="attachment_614" align="aligncenter" width="300"]032 Sang Made Alit Setiawan Bermain Dadu 2003 032
Sang Made Alit Setiawan
Bermain Dadu

[caption id="attachment_615" align="aligncenter" width="300"]033 Darya, I Nyoman Budi CS (Name of artist’s friend) 2003 033
Darya, I Nyoman
Budi CS (Name of artist’s friend)

[caption id="attachment_616" align="aligncenter" width="212"]034 Surya Darma, I Gede Made Big Piercing 2003 034
Surya Darma, I Gede Made
Big Piercing

[caption id="attachment_610" align="aligncenter" width="208"]028  Alpha Tejo Purnomo Lelakut (Scarecrow) 2003 028
Alpha Tejo Purnomo
Lelakut (Scarecrow)

Featured in this auction (lots #027 to #040) are works of art coming from Manfred Schoeni’s collection of Indonesian and Southeast Asian Art. The collection shows that he was interested in paintings by Indonesian artist Dullah, and Philipino artist San Miguel, and Paul Husner, a Dutch artist who is very fond of Bali.

Yet Schoeni had a wide range of interest in art. The art entrepreneur’s keen interest in contemporary art can be seen from the paintings by contemporary Balinese artists.  In the late 1990s and early 2000s he visited Bali regularly, and on one of his visits he stumbled upon an exhibition organized by the Sanggar Dewata group of artists at the Neka Museum, and decided to acquire paintings by contemporary Balinese artists Putu Sutawijaya, Nengah Sujena, Putu Sudiana, Nyoman Darya, Gede Made Surya, Made Alit Setiawan, and Komang Teja Mulya, as well a painting by Alpha Tejo Purnomo, who also resides in Bali.

What a great opportunity it would be to be able to extend Schoeni’s art collecting legacy for future generations! Ars longa, vita brevis.