With over 600 artworks permanently exhibited, Museum Pasifika offers a unique blend of Asia-Pacific Premier Art with Western & Asian fine arts.
The Indonesian Masters from Raden Saleh to Lempad, from Affandi & Hendra to Kobot, the collection comprises over 50 Indonesian Artists. Together with Indonesia premier art masterpieces, it demonstrates the country cultural richness.
The Indo-European Artists (The European artists who lived and worked in Indonesia) whether they were Italian, German, Austrian, Swiss, Belgium, French, Australian, Mexican and Dutch, they have all been inspired by the Asian continent, especially Indonesia and Bali. Museum Pasifika has a unique collection of those artists. Over 100 artworks that are exhibited in 4 rooms: Italian, French, Dutch, and Indo-European. Let’s mention Walter Spies, Miguel Covarrubias, Jean Le Mayeur, Willem Hoffker, Rudolf Bonnet, Arie Smit, Charles Sayers and Theo Meier among the most well-known.
The Indochinese Participants of the “Beaux-Arts” School of Hanoi. With their students and followers constitute a comprehensive collection of 30 artists and over 50 artworks, already acknowledged in the international exhibitions and publications. They have become today the most look after artworks from the Asian region.
The Michoutouchkine & Pilioko Collection of Premier Art of Oceania, of around 200 sculptures and Tapas from 10 different Nations of the Pacific (Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, PNG, New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, Wallis, Futuna, and Polynesia). Collected over 50 years by the two artists documented by several books and catalogs exhibited in France, Russia, Australia, Tahiti, and New Caledonia. This collection is one of the most complete in the world from an ethnological and anthropological point of view,
The Legendary Western Artists: starting with Paul Gauguin, during his Tahiti period, the Museum displayed 7 Bronzes after some of his sculptures, completed by woodcuts and watercolors of the artist, other headliners such as Henri Rousseau, Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin, Jean-Baptiste Carpeau, Marvina Hoffmann, Bernard Buffet are also part of the collection with some of their Asian artworks in Japan, China, India and Polynesia.
Inspired by Indonesian Heritage
From Miguel Covarrubias Mexican artist of famous book ”Island of Bali “ 1939 and mural of “Pageant of the Pacific’s”, Ceiling painting of Pan Seken (1900-1980) in the Kamasan, Italian artist Romualdo Locatelli (1905-1943) with his exceptional Balinese Legong dancer, Rudolf Bonnet (1895-1978), Willem Hofker (1901-1981), Malvina Hoffman, sculptor and student of Auguste Rodin (1887- 1966) Sculpture of Javanesse dancer, Le Mayeur (1880 -1958) legendary German painter Walter Spies (1878-1957).
THE JOURNEY TO ASIA
From Swiss great artist Theo Meier (1908 – 1982) tropical Wanderings ( Tahiti – Bali – Thailand ), influence of l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Hanoi from as early as 1934 , Evariste Jonchere & Le Pho represented Laos , sculpture in stone from the former Kingdom of Champa from the ninth and tenth centuries. Adrien Marie (1898-1991) portraits of Geisha, Rolland Strasser (1874-1953) and Willem Dooijewaard (1892-1980) who traveled Asia together.
THE SAVAGE OF THE PACIFIC
In 1891, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) left France for Tahiti, seeking in the South Seas a society that was simpler and more elemental than that of his homeland. In Tahiti, he created paintings that express a highly personal mythology. He considered this work created in 1897, at a time of great personal crisis to be his masterpiece and the summation of his ideas . There is also lithography by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Along with Picasso, Matisse helped to define and influence radical contemporary art in the 20th century. More contemporary are the two lifelong friends and partners, Nicolai Michoutouchkine (1923) and Aloi Pilioko (1935), who just celebrated sixty years of creativity in the Pacific’s with an exhibition at the Tjibou art center of Noumera in New Caledonia.
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? – Paul Gauguin
About Sculpture & Textile
Certain sculpture are covered with colored pigment. Each of them represent a particular rank for which the recipient had to pay the community a certain number of pigs that had been killed ritually. Textile in Museum Pasifika shares this view seen on the walls of the museum’s public space, not only seeks to honor this great art form and the master weavers and dyers who conceived and wove them but museum also hope to expand this tribute in a more expansive exhibition and catalog.