The Jakarta Post
Mighty Atom by Mochtar Sarman, displayed at Tumurun Private Museum, Surakarta, Central Java (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)
The city of Surakarta in Central Java has welcomed the new Tumurun Private Museum. Owned by the Lukminto family, which is also the proprietor of textile and garment manufacturing company Sritex, the museum houses modern and contemporary art, as well as antique cars.
Tumurun Private Museum was opened to the public on April 14 on Jl. Kebangkitan Nasional in Sriwedari, Laweyan, Surakarta. As a private museum, email bookings are required before visits.
About a hundred works of modern and contemporary art are on display at the museum. All of the modern art comes from the family’s collections, including those created by maestros Affandi, Hendra Gunawan, Srihadi Soedarsono, S. Sudjojono and Basuki Abdullah. Meanwhile, the contemporary side is represented by artwork from the likes of Heri Dono, Rudi Mantofani, Eko Nugroho and Eddie Hara.
The museum also houses art installations. The most photographed of them, Floating Eyes by Wedhar Riyadi, is strategically located near the entrance. The installation was previously displayed at ArtJog 2017.
“All these collections belong to the family, starting from our father’s, the late Lukminto. We built the museum to preserve [his] legacy for future generations,” said museum founder Iwan Kurniawan Lukminto.
He went on to say that it was not easy to obtain the museum's art. “It’s not all about the money,” he said.
For the Lukminto family, it is important for Indonesian art to be better appreciated by more Indonesians. “Our artists are as good as international artists,” said Iwan.
A Heaven's Tale by JA Pramuhendra, charcoal on canvas, displayed at Tumurun Private Museum (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)
Other notable works in the museum include JA Pramuhendra’s A Heaven’s Tale, a black and white painting made with charcoal on canvas. There is also a version of The Last Supper, formed using Javanese letters.
The Last Supper by Eddy Susanto, displayed at Tumurun Private Museum (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)
A 1928 Dodge and 1948 Dodge Coupe at Tumurun Private Museum (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)
In addition to the art, classic cars from the family’s collection are also on display, including a 1928 Dodge, 1948 Dodge Coupe and 1970 Mercedes Benz S Class. (mut)