Haryono Haryoguritno (Temanggung, C. Java, 26 January 1932- Jakarta, 13 March 2017) was known as a world expert in traditional keris and his contribution to this resulted in the Indonesian Keris being recognised as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005. In 2008, the Indonesian Keris was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. His own book, Keris Jawa, Antara Mistik dan Nalar, was published in 2007.
Haryono had had many interesting professions during his long and colourful life. To name a few, he was once an adjutant to President Soekarno, a naval officer, a teacher, a journalist, a mechanical engineer by training, but underneath it all, he was fundamentally an artist, an interior designer and a cultural ambassador by profession and at heart. He designed among others, the grand ballroom of Nusa Dua Hotel in Bali, the lobby of Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta (before the renovation) and created the perfect miniature of Borobudur temple up to its minuscule detail, which currently is still displayed in the garden of Borobudur Hotel. For his services in the field of culture, he was awarded the Satya Lancana Kebudayaan medal for culture by President of Indonesia, the Manusia Dwija title by the Surabaya Arts Education Foundation of Surabaya, the Gold Service Medal from the Javanese Culture Institute Centre of Surakarta, and many other awards.
Throughout his adult life, Haryono had been an avid and passionate collector of arts in various forms (paintings, sculptures, statues), cultural objects and antiques). His passion for art and culture (which has started since childhood), his interaction and introduction to famous painters and artists during his tenure as President Soekarno's adjutant, added with his own perfectionist eye for detail, expert craftsmanship and sophisticated taste for beauty have resulted in an impressive, fascinating and most varied collections of arts.
Sidharta Auctioneer is honoured to feature a selection of his painting collections here. His other collections will be presented in our upcoming auctions next year.