The Roles of the Forgotten: Simon Admiraal and the Rise of the Art Academy in Indonesia

Mr Aminudin TH Siregar2

2Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)/Leiden University, Bandung/Leiden, Indonesia/The Netherlands

This presentation offers a new perspective on the founding of the art academy in Bandung in 1947. It focuses on the role of Simon Admiraal (1903-1992), the relationships between the various people involved, and the initial vision of fine arts education at what would later become known as the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). Admiraal was not only an art educator but also a painter, graphic designer, interior designer, architect and art critic. In writing the history of the fine arts academy in Indonesia, art historians tend to simplify the actual complexity. This type of historiography is misleading because it is written based on personal opinions rather than documentary evidence. In the case of Bandung, for instance, art historians have highlighted Ries Mulder and ignored the roles of others, such as Admiraal, J.F.J.P. Zeylemaker, Piet Pijpers, A.J. Bernet Kempers, and J.M. Hopman. In this presentation, I will present some important archives that have never been revealed before in the historiography of modern Indonesian art.


Mr Aminudin TH Siregar is Lecturer in Indonesian Art History at the Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). He is currently completing his PhD research at Leiden University. His books include Sang Ahli Gambar: Sketsa, Gambar dan Pemikiran S. Sudjojono (2010).


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