Every year Yogyakarta gathers at Jogja National Museum for a contemporary art event called ART JOG. A melting pot of thoughts and ideas in the form of art. That’s how the organizer describes the event in a short sentence. It was more specific than that though.
ART JOG is a comprehensive and elaborate celebration of every type of art, from visual, to multidimensional to performing arts. This event started in 2008 under the name of Jogja Art Fair. It was part of the Yogyakarta Art Festival before becoming an independent exhibition in 2010. The name then changed to ART JOG.
Being on its eleventh year this year, the public enthusiasm hasn’t died down as it even increased. In 2018, the number of visitors reaches 65,000 people in total. It’s an improvement after 60,000 visitors in 2017. At the beginning of each year, ART JOG holds an open call.
This is how the event selects its contributors. All nationalities are welcome to join. To add diversity to the artworks exhibited. In 2018, 54 artists made it to the curation. The lineup consisted of 45 Indonesian artists and 9 foreign artists. They came from the USA, Malaysia, Germany, China, and Australia.
Arts In Common – A Togetherness In Art
For 2019, the theme for ART JOG is “Arts in Common”. It takes inspiration from a belief that artistic expression is a manifestation of creativity. Which basically every individual possesses. It means art as a universal language.
This year’s ART JOG plans to present art at a grass-root level. Instead of making it something exclusive. The overall concept will be a friendly, down-to-earth exhibition that brings ART JOG to a broader audience.
Art Jog Event – Jogja National Museum Building
On typical days, the venue Jogja National Museum is a plain white-painted building. These changes during ART JOG. Under a program called Commission Work, the event collaborates with a featured artist. This project has one goal: to make the museum exterior far less boring.
The result is an art installation that crawls on the museum wall. Enjoy sculptures standing in the front yard just by the entrance. Another installation include looms huge, attracting the attention of passerby on the road nearby. This was it, another purpose of the project was to tell the public that there’s currently a cool art fair inside.
The Exhibition – No Flash On The Premises
ART JOG displays a variety of art for the exhibition. Relinquish artistic hunger by admiring paintings, graphics, and photographs for classic visual arts. Contemporary multidimensional installations often use unusual media to tell a story.
This type of art attracts the most audience for its creativity. And in some cases, bizarreness. Admire, and take pictures, but remember that no flash is allowed.
It’s nothing wrong to walk alone and get lost in examining a certain artwork’s meaning. However, visitors can also join the curatorial tour offered by ART JOG. And discover that there’s more to learn behind each piece of art displayed here.
The guide takes visitors around the gallery while pouring out interesting information. There will be many things to learn, stories to hear, and new perspectives to reveal.
Meet The Artist
The meet and greet part of ART JOG bring artists and their audience even closer. Get to know more about the incredible men and women behind every artwork displayed here.
Listen as they explain the artistic process behind their art creation. From the formulation of the idea to the implementation of it. A process that results in what visitors just saw at the exhibition hall.
Certain art forms belong more on the stage than in the exhibition hall. This is why ART JOG also has a segment called Daily Performance. Every day during the event, artists entertain visitors with music, theater, and dance performance. The peak is during the closing ceremony. Where national musicians and singers come to rock the stage.
This segment of the event introduces art in a more practical form. The contributor to Merchandise Project are institutions, creative businesses, communities, and artists. Merchandise Project showcases creative products and markets them to the public. Thinking about a souvenir station? Then this event is where one should go.
Art Jog Venue & Schedule 2023
ART JOG 2023 will be held both in Jogja National Museum. The museum is located close to Malioboro street. The exhibition starts from 30th June to 27th August 2023.
|Art Jog Venue & Schedule 2023
|30th June – 27 August 2023
|Jogja National Museum
Art Jog Ticket
The event is free to visit on an opening day. On the next day, tourists will get charged IDR 50k for a ticket.
|Art Jog Ticket
The venue, Jogja National Museum, is equipped with basic facilities such as parking and toilets. For food and drink, event attendees can visit the museum canteen. At the back of the building. For accommodation, there are hotels around the corner. Rates range from IDR 160k/night for a room at a hostel nearby, to IDR 750k for a room at Cavinton Hotel.
How To Get To Art Jog Venue
From Adi Sucipto Airport, visitors can take the Trans Jogja route Corridor 1B to get to the venue. The closest shelter is the TP Bhayangkara shelter. Then walk for around 13 minutes (800 m) to the location. For another option, visitors can take the Corridor 3B bus from the airport. Then change to bus Corridor 2B at Gombor Terminal. Stop at SMA Bhayangkara Shelter and walk 350 m to the location.
From Yogyakarta’s Tugu Station, ART JOG is also reachable by taking a bus. First, head towards Malioboro and find a bus shelter there. Hop onto Corridor 3B bus and get off at KH. Ahmad Dahlan bus shelter. Afterward, visitors still need to walk 400 m more. Don’t forget to prepare small notes for the bus trip (a ticket is Rp3.500/ passenger).