A specially-trained artist perform's Melati Suryodarmo's 'The Black Ball' at Museum MACAN in West Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Manifestos and a Chicken on the Loose: Two Avant-Garde Artists at Museum MACAN

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

FEBRUARY 26, 2020

Two exciting exhibitions by avant-garde artists Julian Rosefeldt and Melati Suryodarmo are on at Museum MACAN in West Jakarta from Feb. 28 to May 31.

Performance artist Melati's "Why Let the Chicken Run?" is a constellation of her best works from a 20-year career, which include the eponymous piece and the famous "I'm a Ghost in My Own House," a 12-hour long-durational performance where the artist grinds down hundreds of kilograms of charcoal. 

Meanwhile, Berlin-based artist Julian Rosefeldt's "Manifesto" is a 13-screen multimedia video installation featuring Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett reciting some of the most famous artists' manifestos of the 20th century including the Futurist, Dadaist, Fluxus, Situationist and Dogme 95 manifestos. 

Melati Suryodarmos dress and long hair, a costume she
Melati Suryodarmo's dress and long hair, a costume she wears for 'The Promise' (2002). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An artist plays Kleidungsaffe, performance art from Melati Suryodarmo means clothes ape in German. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An artist plays 'Kleidungsaffe,' a piece by Melati Suryodarmo. The title means 'Clothes Ape' in German. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
30 female performers wear white uniforms which obsure their faces during Sweet Dream Sweet (2003) an artwork from Melati Suryodarmo. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Thirty female performers wear white uniforms that obscure their faces for Melati Suryodarmo's 'Sweet Dream Sweet' (2003). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Melati Suryodarmo stands in front of her exhibition front gate at Museum Macan, West Jakarta on Wednesday (26/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Melati Suryodarmo at Museum MACAN in West Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Melati Suryodarmo interacts with an artist who plays her artwork titled The Black Ball. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Melati Suryodarmo talks to a specially-trained artist performing her 'The Black Ball.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Portrait of various character that sees Oscar-winning actor Cate Blanchett on 13 different roles on Julian Rosefeldts Manifesto. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Cate Blanchett playing 13 characters for Julian Rosefeldt's 'Manifesto.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man watches Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto in Museum Macan, West Jakarta on Wednesday (26/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man watches Julian Rosefeldt's 'Manifesto' at Museum MACAN on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman interacts with one of Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto video. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman watches one of Julian Rosefeldt's 13 'Manifesto' videos. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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