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    Heri Dono
    Currently lives in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

    Født 12.06.1960, Jakarta

    Interrogation (1998)IKM, Oslo
    Interrogation (1998)

    IKM, Oslo
    Flying angels (1996)Galleri 3.14, Bergen
    Flying angels (1996)

    Galleri 3.14, Bergen
    Mahabarata: Garuda (2005)IKM, Oslo
    Mahabarata: Garuda (2005)

    IKM, Oslo
    Don Quixote vs. Donosaurus (2005)IKM, Oslo
    Don Quixote vs. Donosaurus (2005)

    IKM, Oslo

    (Oppdatert 05.02.2007)
    Finn artist:

     Heri Dono


    Heri Dono stands out as one of the most profilic contributors to what the international art community over the last 25 years has chosen to coin New Internationalism; Being understood as a new generation of artists challenging the Western hegemony to contemporary art. He is also an internationally successful representative of a new generation of Indonesian artists respecting and representing the local, while fusing it with the contemporary. This seen in contrast to Indonesian artists who in the 70s and 80s, under the banner of New Art Movement, chose to set local influences aside in favour of a Western modern mode of expression.

    Heri Dono was born in Yogyakarta on the south of Java in 1960. The city Yogya has a society rooted in traditional Javanese culture, still headed by a sultanate representing centuries upon centuries of heritage. It is however also the centre of contemporary Javanese and Indonesian art, hosting a community richly fusing the elements. Heri Dono studied at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of Arts from 1980-87 and from 1987-88 wayang kulit (traditional shadow puppetry theatre) under the master Sukasman. He started as a painter, of a generation recognisable for bringing traditional elements clearly associated to wayang figurative elements together with elements of the Western modernism of post-expressionism and cubism. Dono brought with him a playful dedication to cartoon animation, of which he had some practical background. He soon moved on into doing installations, performances and working with video and sound. International fame and recognition came with the next decade, bringing Dono’s works to international biennales and recognised museums and galleries around the globe.

    For this first presentation of Heri Dono in Oslo, the mixed media installations Free-DOM and Interrogation cover the range of the artist’s work. His installations more than anything else, have won him his international reputation. They are typically figures of ambigous nature joined with low-tech machinery filling the gallery space with sinister quirky sounds, playing on one hand with traditional associative phenomenas and on the other hand with uncomfortable political implications. Wayang – shadow puppet theatre – is present in all of Dono’s work, implicitly or direct. Wayang is normally limited to expressing themes from the classical texts of Mahabharata and Ramayana, typically moulded through improvisation to be a medium of social comment. Dono has accordingly adopted the medium as his core element, taking its metaphorical ability to new territories of social and political comment.

    In a world inviting urban culture conformity, Heri Dono stands with one leg in the future, being distinctly local and conscious about it. Moreover, he’s proving his point in the most renown exhibition rooms around. Representing his city Yogya versus the urban pulse of Jakarta, Dono stands with a reflected position in the dialogue between the rural and the urban, between the traditional and the modern.

    Text by Brynjar Bjerkem

    Curriculum Vitae

    Education, (formal and non formal)
    2004 Fellowship for Curatorial Work, IfA Institute Stuttgart, in Ethnology Museum Berlin, Germany
    2004 Sound Art Seminar, Kunstakademiet, Bergen, Norway
    2004 Workshop with DIDA Escola de Musica, Salvador, Bahia, Brasil
    2003 Contemporary Asian Art Forum, Link, Platform, Networks, Asian Art Archive, Hong Kong
    2002 University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
    1999 Cyfuniad International Artists Workshop, Wales, England
    1987-88 Studied Wayang Kulit with Sukasman in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1980-87 Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    2005 Artist in Residence, Australia Indonesia Arts Alliance (A.I.A.A.), Byron Bay, Australia
    2005 Artist in Residence, United Sardine Factory, (U.S.F.), Bergen, Norway
    2005 Artist in Residence, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
    2003 Artist in Residence in Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
    2002 Artist in Residence in the International Institute of Education, Singapore
    2002 Artist in Residence in the Queensland College of Arts and the Queensland
    2002 Artist in Residence in Western front, Vancouver, Canada
    2000 Artist in Residence in Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, USA
    1999 Artist in Residence in Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand
    1999 Artist in Residence in Queensland Art College, Brisbane, Australia
    1996 Artist in Residence in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia
    1995 Artist in Residence in Museum of Modern Art Oxford with Institute of International Visual Art, London, England
    1994 Artist in Residence in Canberra School of Arts, Canberra, Australia
    1993 Artist in Residence in 24 Hours Art Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia
    1990-91 International Artists Exchange Program, Basel, Switzerland

    Selected Solo Exhibitions
    2006 Civilization Oddness, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
    2006 The Broken Angels, Gertrude contemporary art spaces, Victoria, Australia
    2005 Free-D.O.M., 3,14 Stiftelsen, Bergen, Norway
    2004 Who’s Afraid of Donosaurus?, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2002 Heri Dono A Spiritual Journey, Galeri Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia
    2002 Heri Dono, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
    2002 Up Side Down Mind, Circle Point Art Space, Washington DC, U.S.A.
    2002 Re-working Tradition, Singapore Art Museum and Nanyang Technology University, Singapore
    2002 Free D.O.M., Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Indonesia
    2002 Heri Provokes Heri, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2002 Interrogation, Center A, Vancouver, Canada
    2001 Fortress of the Heart, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
    2001 Trap’s outer Rim, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    2000 Humor Rumor in The Republic of Cartoon, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2000 Dancing Demons and Drunken Deities, The Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo, Japan
    1999 Tirtara, French Cultural Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1999 Virtual Reality, Erasmus Huis, Jakarta, Indonesia
    1999 Mythical Monsters in Contemporary Society, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
    1998 Tanah dari Merapi, French Cultural Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1997 Blooming in Arms, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England
    1993 The Chair, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Australia
    1991 Unknown Dimensions, Museum der Kulturen, Basel, Switzerland
    1988 Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1988 Mitra Budaya Indonesia Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    1988 Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Selected Group Exhibitions
    2005 Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporania di Firenze, Fortezza da Basso, Firenze, Italia.
    2005 Urban Culture, CP Biennale, Museum of Bank Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2005 Equatorial Heat, Edwin Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2005 Licking the Ozone, Performance, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Lithuanian Club, Melbourne, Australia
    2005 Floating Legacies, Selasar Sunaryo, Bandung, Indonesia
    2005 Festival Inspirasi, Dewaruci, Performance Byron Bay, Australia
    2005 About Beauty, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
    2005 B.E.T.A. - 20 Post Electronic Art Performances, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway
    2005 Exodus Barang, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2005 Belonging, Sharjah International Biennale, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
    2004 Frankenstein versus Gatotkaca Performance, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Museum of Ethnology, Berlin, Germany
    2004 Z.O.U., Zone of Urgency, in Regge Calabria ( Villa Zenbi), Italy
    2004 Equatorial Heat, Indonesian Painters Exhibition, Sichuan Museum, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
    2004 The Angel Garden, Esplanade, Theatre on the Bay, Singapore
    2004 Artists are making a House, Nijomachi Prefecture, Museum City Project, Fukuoka, Japan
    2004 Olympiade, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2004 Reformasi, Sculpture Square Singapore
    2004 Do you believe in Reality?, 3rd Taipei Biennale, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
    2004 On the Edge, Indonesia and China Avant-garde, Pakubuwono Residence, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2004 26th Sao Paulo Biennale, Territory Livre, Sao Paulo, Brasil
    2004 4th Art Summit Indonesia 2004, Performing and Visual Arts, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2004 Land Under the Rainbow, Cultural Olympiad, Benaki Contemporary Art Museum, Athens, Greece
    2004 2nd Enku Grand Award Exhibition, the Museum of Fine Arts Gifu, Japan
    2002 Running Puppet, performance, The Survival and Innovation of Crafts, Royal Palace Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    2002 Kado, Nadi Gallery Jakarta, Indonesia
    2002 Zaman Edan, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    2002 CP Open Biennale, National Gallery Jakarta, Indonesia
    2002 Public Art Project, Muza Concert Hall, Kawasaki, Japan
    2002 Country-bution, Yogyakarta Art Biennale, Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    2002 Happiness, Mori Art Museum, Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
    2002 The Eyes, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2002 Crossing Boundaries, Bali: A window to Twentieth Century Indonesian Art, travel exhibition, Asia Society Australasia Centre, Melbourne, Australia
    2002 2nd Echigo Tsummari Art Triennial, Niigata, Japan
    2002 Zone of Urgency, Venice Biennale, Italy
    2002 Imagining Prometheus, Palazzo della Regione e Loggia dei Mercanti, Milano, Italy
    2002 EPIC, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
    2002 Budaya Bumi Berbudaya, Museum Benteng Vredenburg, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    2002 Summer Spectacular APT Kids, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
    2002 4th Asia-Pcific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
    2002 ARCO, Madrid, Spain
    2002 Asian Vibe, EAAC, Valencia, Spain
    2002 Awas, Recent Art from Indonesia, Pruss & Ochs Gallery, Asian Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
    2002 Swischen Tradition und Moderne Junge Kunstler aus Indonesien, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Museen Dahlem, Kunst und Kulturen der Welt Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, Germany
    2002 The Wild of Imagination, Langgeng Gallery, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia
    2002 Interrogation, shadow-play, Western Front Society, Vancouver, Canada
    2001 Pink Project, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2001 Awas, Recent Art from Indonesia, W 139 Amsterdam, The Netherlands; traveled to Ludwig Forum Aachen and Koln, Germany
    2001 Unpacking Europe, Museum Boijmann van Boningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    2001 Membaca Frida Kahlo, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    2001 Artists Commission, The Asia Society, New York, USA
    2001 Floating Chimeras, Edsvik von Culture, Sollantuna, Sweden
    2001 Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
    2000 International Art Biennale, Museum of Shanghai, Shanghai, China
    2000 Havana Biennale, Pavillion de Cuba, Havana, Cuba
    2000 Awas, Recent Work from Indonesia, Museum in Hokaido, Osaka and Fukuoka, Japan
    2000 Fuori Uso, Pescara, Italy
    2000 Humanism in Art, Volkunkundig Museum Nusantara, Delft, The Netherlands
    2000 12 Asian Artists, National Art Gallery, Kualalumpur, Malaysia
    2000 Sonic Boom, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
    1999 Tachikawa Art Festival, Tachikawa Perfecture, Tokyo, Japan
    1999 Awas, Recent Work from Indonesia, Museum Vredeburg, Yogyakarta; traveled to CCA., Melbourne and Canberra, Australia
    1999 Makasar Art Forum '99, Ujung Pandang, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
    1999 Sound Culture, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
    1999 Knalpot, Fine Arts Exhibition, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1999 Cities on the Move, Louisiana Museum of Moderne Kunst, Humlebaek, Denmark and Hayward Gallery, London, England; traveled to Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
    1999 Media dalam Media, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    1999 6th Yogyakarta Biennial, Purna Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1998 50th Anniversary of Human Rights, Boijmann Museum of Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    1998 Tradition/Tension, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Center, Perth, Australia; traveled to Taipei Museum of Modern Art, Taipei
    1998 Images of Power, Expressions of Cultural and Social Awareness in South East Asia, Jakarta International School, Jakarta, Indonesia
    1998 Resurrection of Topos 3, Collaboration between artists and architects, Toyama Shimin Plaza, Toyama, Japan
    1997 A Gift for India, New Delhi, India
    1997 Cities on the Move, Secession Vienna, Austria
    1997 Asian Contemporary Art, Base Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    1997 Resurrection of Topos 3, Hillside Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    1997 Exploring the Future of the Imagination, The Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
    1997 Innensite, Projektgruppe Stoffwechsel, Kassel, Germany
    1997 Sounding Sphere, Harima Science Garden City Opening, Hyogo Perfecture, Japan
    1996 Universalis, 23rd Bienal Internacional Sao Paulo, Brazil
    1996 The Spiritual and The Social, Nine Artists from Thailand, Indonesia and The Philippines, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (touring exhibition), Australia
    1996 Tradition/Tension, Contemporary Art in Asia, The Asia Society, New York, USA
    1996 Drawing, Institute of International Visual Arts, London, England
    1996 The Huid van De Witte Dame, Arctic Foundation, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    1996 Jurassic Technologies, 10th Biennial of Sidney 1996, Art Gallery of South Wales Sidney, Australia
    1996 Orientation, Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands
    1996 Modernity and Beyond, National Museum of Modern Art, Singapore
    1995 Beyond the Border, 1st Kwangju Biennial 1995, Kwangju, Korea
    1995 Unity in Diversity: Contemporary Art of the Non-Align Countries, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    1995 Vision of Happiness, The Japan Foundation Art Forum, ASEAN Culture Center, Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan
    1994 Super Suburb, Museum City Tenjin ’94, Fukuoka, Japan
    1994 Realism as an Attitude, 4th Asia Art Show Fukuoka, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
    1994 9th Asian International Art Exhibition, National Museum of History, Taipei
    1994 The Jakarta International Art Exhibition 1994, The Indonesian Fine Arts Foundation, Indonesia
    1994 Kuda Binal, Performance 24-HR Art Gallery, Northern Territory Center for Contemporary Art, Darwin, Australia
    1994 Adelaide Installations, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
    1993 9th Jakarta Biennial, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia
    1993 1st Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
    1993 International Festival of Puppetry in the World, Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1993 Indonesian Modern Art: Indonesian Painting since 1945, Gate Foundation, De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    1992 New Art from Southeast Asia 1992, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space; traveled to Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Japan
    1992 Kuda Binal, Performance, Alun-Alun Utara, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1992 7th Asian International Art Exhibition, Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Indonesia
    1992 Sanggar Dewata: Indonesian Art Exhibition, Museum Nyoman Gunarsa, Yogyakarta Indonesia
    1991 Destructive Images, Performance, Seni Sono Gallery and Malioboro, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1991 Wayang Top, Performance, International Culture Camp Desa Apuan, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia
    1991 Man and Human Expression, Tropen Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    1991 Wayang: From Gods to Bart Simpson, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    1991 Sama-Sama, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Oosterpoort, Groningen, The Netherlands ; traveled to Tillburg, The Netherlands, Yogyakarta and Jakarta, Indonesia
    1990 Modern Indonesian Art: Three Generations of Change, 1945-1990, Festival of Indonesia 1990, Sewall Gallery, Rice University, Houston; travelled to San Diego, Oakland, Seattle and Honolulu, USA
    1989 Indonesia Competitive Exhibition of Young Indonesian Artists, Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Bandung, Indonesia
    1989 Wayang Imaginative, Performance, Mendut Temple, Central Java, Indonesia
    1988 Hedendaagsde Indonesische Kunst, Volkenkundig Museum Nusantara, Delf, The Netherlands
    1988 Wayang Legenda (shadow play), Seni Sono Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1987 Three Indonesian Artists, De Schone Kunsten, Heemstede, The Netherlands
    1987 Sandiwa, Kulay-Diwa Art Galleries/Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, The Philippines
    1986 Experimental Music and Visual Art, Seni Sono Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1986 5th Biennial of Indonesian Young Artists, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia
    1985 3rd ASEAN Youth Artists Exhibition, ISI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1984 4th Biennial of Indonesian Young Artists, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia
    1982 Art on the Environment, Parangtritis Beach, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Honorary positions
    2005 The International Jury of the XI Triennale India; New Delhi, India

    Honor and Awards
    2002 Yogyakarta Art Prize, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Indonesia
    2002 2nd Annual Enku Grand Awards, Gifu Perfectural Government, Japan
    2000 Unesco Prize for the International Art Biennale, Shanghai, China
    1998 Prince Claus Award, The Netherlands
    1992 Gusti Nyoman Lempad Prize, Sanggar Dewata Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1989 Young Indonesian Artists, L' Alliance Francaise and Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Bandung, Indonesia
    1985 The Best Painting Awards, Indonesia Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    1981 The Best Painting Awards, Indonesia Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Public Collections
    Artoteek Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands
    Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
    Indonesian Institute of Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    The Intercommunication Center, Tokio, Japan
    Kirishima Contemporary Open-Air Art Museum, Japan
    Museum der Kulturen, Basel, Switzerland
    Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
    National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
    Okinawa Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan
    Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
    Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
    Stedelijk Museum de Lakenthal, Leiden, The Netherlands

    Selected Bibliography
    2001 Sindhunata, Rire d’homme entre deux toiles, in: Courrier International (Jan. 4 – 10, 2001)
    2000 Mulyadi, Efix, and Redana, Bre, Lebih Jauh dengan Heri Dono, in: Kompas (Oct. 8, 2000)
    2000 Sindhunata, Hidup untuk Tertawa, in: Basis (Sept. – Oct. 2000)
    1995 Shimizu, Toshio, Visions of Happiness – Ten Asian Contemporary Artists (ex. cat.), The Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
    1994 Ushiroshoji, Masahiro, 4th Asian Art Show Fukuoka – Realism as an Attitude (ex. cat.), Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan
    1994 Wright, Astri, Soul, Spirit and Mountain: Preoccupation of Contemporary Indonesian Painters, New York
    1993 Wright, Astri, Drinking from the Cup of Tradition, Modern Art in Yogyakarta, in: Indonesian Painting Since 1945, exhibition catalogue, Gate Foundation, Amsterdam
    1993 McFarlene, Jenny, Heri Dono’s The Chair, in: Muse (Nov. 1993)
    1993 Supangkat, Jim, Wajah Seni Rupa Asia Pasifik, in: Tempo (Oct. 16, 1993)
    1993 Musa Helen, Veiled Political Performance, in: The Canberra Times, Canberra (Oct. 15,1993)
    1993 Geh, Linda, The Last of the Asian Shamans, in: Sunday Star (Oct. 10, 1993)
    1993 Virgo, Ann, Heri Dono – The Chair, in: Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra (Oct. 1993)
    1993 Dwi Marianto, Martinus, The Experimental Artist Heri Dono from Yogyakarta and His ‘Visual Art’ Religion, in: Art Monthly Australia (Oct. 1993), p. 21 – 24
    1993 Supangkat, Jim, The First Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (ex. cat.), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
    1993 Supangkat, Jim, Indonesian Report: A Different Modern Art, in: Art and Asia Pacific (Sept. 1993), p. 20 – 24
    1993 Alternative Approches for Artistic Expression, in: Brisbane Review Asia-Pacific Liftout (Sept.16, 1993)
    1992 Daniswara, Ugeng T. Kartunal, Lukisan-Lukisan Heri Dono, in: Laras 46 (Oct. 1992)
    1992 Fadjri R., Gebu Yogya 1992 – Terobosan Kuda Binal, in: Tempo (Aug. 8, 1992)
    1991 Duerst, Renata, Menschenzertreter, in: Baseler Zeitung (Oct. 24, 1991)
    1991 Spanjaard, Helena, Sama-Sama, in: Maandbeeld, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Groningen (no. 5, May 1991)
    1991 Sakonakan, Yuko, New Art from South East Asia 1992 (ex. cat.), the Japan Foundation, Tokyo (Feb. 1991)
    1991 Waldmann, Thomas, Eine Figurenwelt mit Indonesischen Wurzeln, in: Baseler Zeitung (Jan. 17, 1991)
    1991 Ramseyer, Urs, Heri Dono – Unknown Dimensions, in: Die Museen in Basel (no. 344, 1991)
    1991 Wright, Astri, Indonesia in the 1980s, in: Art Monthly Australia (no. 14, June 1991)
    1998 Wright, Astri, Dono Tries to Expand the Use of ‘Wayang’ Puppets, in: Jakarta Post (Oct. 6, 1988)
    1998 Wright, Astri, Artist Espouses Laughter and Humour, in: Jakarta Post (Jun. 16, 1988)