When I set foot at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space located in the green hills of Dago, Bandung, I was stunned. Never had I seen an art space so beautiful. Being there for 3 days to attend a picture book workshop conducted by SCBWI Indonesia and Pak Yusof Gajah, I thought to myself, what a beautiful world. How blessed I am to be in my best health to travel and see parts of the world that I had never been to.
Selasar Sunaryo Art Space was founded in 1998 by a renowned Bandung-based artist, Drs. Sunaryo; an Indonesian-born artist who built this gallery as a dedication to the Indonesian art world. Born in 1943 and studied fine art at ITB, he graduated in 1969 (the year I was born). Drs. Sunaryo did not limit himself to the use of one particular medium, so he branched out to other fields of expertise as well such as sculpting, installation, and painting. His various works can be seen all around the art space.
Say The Name, Sunaryo. 1998. Hammered and welded copper plate.
Model ’04, Sunaryo. 2004. Bronze on rock.
Selasar Sunaryo, which was constructed over four years (1993-1997), was a realisation of Drs. Sunaryo dream to contribute to and support the development of Fine Arts in Indonesia.The term “selasar”, which means “verandah”, reflects the design concept, an open space that welcomes all who wish to experience art in its unique setting on the slopes of Dago Hills.
Selasar Sunaryo consists of Gallery A, Stone Garden, Wing Gallery, Gallery B, Selasar Cafe, Selasar Shop, Amphitheater, Bamboo House, Bale Handap (the place where the workshop was conducted) and Bale Tonggoh.
Me at the steps of Bale Handap. Seen behind was the Bamboo House.
Bale handap is a multi purpose space used for discussions, performances, events and workshops. The building is inspired by traditional Javenese architecture with an open terrace. Bale Handap is separated from the major building, located between the Bamboo House on the lowest level of Selasar.
And last but not least, coffee at Selasar Cafe added to the taste of stunning Selasar Sunaryo. I really enjoyed being here while doing things I love to do.
If you are going to visit Bandung, Selasar Sunaryo must be on your list.
Selasar Sunaryo Art Space
Bukit Pakar Timur No.100
Bandung – 40198, West Java, Indonesia
Ph: (+62) 22 250 7939, Fax: (+62) 22 251 6508