Agung Kurniawan

Agung Kurniawan

Agung Kurniawan is one of the most important contemporary artists of Indonesia. He is an artist who works with a variety of media. Agung Kurniawan has developed his artistic work within the field of concrete socio-cultural activism; he believes an artist has more and larger social responsibilities than simply producing artistic work. His traditional medium is drawing, but lately he works actively with performance art and videography. Although he works with performance art, he refuses to be called as a performer, and preferred to call himself as the director of the crowds in stead. Both as a studio artist and an art activist, he takes up clear positions and his approach often leads him either down to street level or to intervening in bureaucratic structures.

Agung Kurniawan’s work is reputed to be fairly “coarse” due to themes of violence, controversial politics and taboo subjects. The artist started out with book illustrations, drawings and comics, which offered a harsh, often satirical critique of Indonesian society at that time. With his drawing Happy Victim (1996), depicting people hanging upside down while laughing cheerfully, he won a 1996 Philip Morris Art Award and gained international recognition.

His famous trellis works series started in 2006. The series was inspired by an old family photo album from 1974, consisting of a photo diary of the artist’s mother during the last days of her dying father. Agung tried to recreate the personal as well collective memories by working the panels as a kind of comic book where the trellises are the contours of the figures and the shadows cast the blurred memory.

Agung Kurniawan co-founded "Indonesian Visual Art Archive" (IVAA) and co-owner of Kedai Kebun Forum (KKF) in Yogyakarta. His works are to be found worldwide mostly in museums e.g. Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Singapore Art Museum, as well as in private collection. His recent works include his performance in The Netherlands "Remember Day Parade and after", during the so-called transHISTORY (Arnhem June 2016) and his video art during the Europalia Festival 2017 (Paleis voor Schone Kunsten / BOZAR / Centre for Fine Art Brussels, Belgium).

Artist Statement 2015 (in Bahasa Indonesia, freely translated)

– Tidak ada yang lebih berharga dari seni, kalau ada itupun pasti palsu (Nothing is more truthful than art, if there is any, then it is false)
– Cinta itu sementara, kesepian itu abadi (Love is temporary, Loneliness is forever)
– Kemiskinan adalah ibu tiri seni kontemporer (Poverty is the stepmother of contemporary art)


14 March, 1968 in Jember, Jawa Timur (East Java), Indonesia

Archeology, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (not graduated)
Graphic Art Faculty, Indonesian Fine Arts Institute (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia (not graduated)

Solo Exhibition

Hanya Kematian Yang Setia Menunggu, performance at Indonesian French Institute (IFI), Yogyakarta

Milik Nggendong Lali (Owning Cradling Forgetting), Richard Koh Gallery, Singapore

Actus Contritionis, Umah Seni @Mentengartspace, Jakarta, Indonesia

The Lines that Remind Me of You, Kendra Gallery, Bali, Indonesia

Budiman Project, ArtiIpol Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mural Project: Could I entertain you sir, Esplanade, Singapore

Sex, Lies, and Drawing, Goethe Institute, Jakarta, Indonesia

Lick me, please!, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Lapendos, Centre Culturel Français (CCF) Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Lapendos, Barak Gallery, Bandung, Indonesia

Ironi dan Parodi, Galeri Lontar, Jakarta, Indonesia

Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Group Exhibitions

Art on Paper, Gallery Lukisan, Zuiveringshal Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
KunstRAI, Gallery Lukisan, RAI, Amsterdam
Pressing Matters, Framer Framed, Amsterdam

Europalia's Power and other things, BOZAR Fine Arts Centre, Brussels, Belgium

The Remember Day parade, Sonsbeek 2016, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Public Spirit, Centre of Contemporary Art Ujasdowsky, Poland
Home Project, North Dakota, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mahabharata project, Dance Performance, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta
Seven Scenes, Indonesian Contemporary art and Design (ICAD), Grand Kemang, Jakarta

Masya Allah Transgenik part 2, performance at Bazaar Art Jakarta 2015, Jakarta
Monuman, Ten Second Monument, Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta

Ten Million Years of Yearning, Sex in Hongkong, Para Site gallery, Hongkong
Passion / Possession, Hongkong Art Center, Hongkong

SIP, Contemporary Indonesian Art, Mathias Ardnt gallery, Singapore
Once Upon a Time, The Collection Now, Van Abbe Museum, The Netherlands
Masya Allah Transgenik, Performance at Jogja Biennale XII, Yogyakata, Indonesia

Penumbrae, at Art Stage Singapore 2012, presented by Umahseni Art Space, Marina Bay Sands,Exhibition and Convention Center, Singapore
Legacy: The Trace of Civilization, Esa Sampoerna Art Museum, Surabaya, Indonesia
Michael Jansen Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Domestic Stuff, Cemeti art house Yogyakarta, Salihara Jakarta
Looking East, Art Jog 2012, Yogyakarta
Gwangju Biennale, Roundtable, Gwangju South Korea, 2012
SIP, Contemporary Indonesian Art, Mathias Arndt Gallery, Berlin

Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
New Mythology, Louis Vuitton Gallery, Paris, France
Global Art from 1989 till Now, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Beastly, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Space & Image, Ciputra World Marketing Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Crossing and Blurring the Boundaries: Medium in Indonesian Contemporary Art, Andi’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Manifesto In the New Aesthetic, ICA, Singapore

Beyond the Dutch, Central Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands
Jogja Art Fair II, Jogjakarta Art Centre, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
The Living Legends, National Gallery Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Jogja Biennale X, One Minute Mute; Performance Project, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Be(com)ing Dutch “The dutch day Dreaming”, Van Abbe Museum, The Netherlands
The Scale of Black Drawing Exhibition, Valentine Willie Gallery, Singapore
Grafis Hari Ini, Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Indonesia

Art Projects

Proyek Peristiwa Teater: Hanya Kematian yang Setia Menunggu, 15 May 2015 7:30 pm at Auditorium IFI Yogyakarta

Pause: Automatic Drawing Simple and Dangerous, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Work Experiences

2003 – now

Artistic Director of Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2004 – now
The Chairperson of Cemeti Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Artistic Director, Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta

Artistic Director, Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta


Works in Collection

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands,
Heden, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
National Art Council, Singapore
Queensland Arts Gallery, Australia
Graphic Atelier Utrecht, The Netherlands
KLM, The Netherlands
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Indonesia
Deutsche Bank, Jakarta, Indonesia
Artpoli Gallery,The Netherlands
Nadi Galeri, Jakarta, Indonesia
Oei Hong Djien’s private museum, Indonesia
Loft gallery, Hongkong, Barcelona
Cemeti Art Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia



Lubricant, Agung Kurniawan, Brigitta Isabella, Farah Wardani, Umah Seni, Jakarta

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Group Exhibition

Exhibition #1 Three artists from Indonesia, 16 Albermarle project space, Australia
Gapura Buwana, with GEGERBOYO , Biennale Jogja, Yogyakarta Indonesia
Kartu Liar, duo exhibition with Rudi Hermawan , artotel, Semarang, Indonesia
Krackatorium, Chongqing, China
Sangkan Paraning Dumadi, with GEGERBOYO , Exposure event, Yogyakarta Indonesia
100% IN, with GEGERBOYO , Mandala Krida, Yogyakarta Indonesia
Graffiti & Mural Jamming , with GEGERBOYO , Umbul Brintik, Klaten Indonesia

Tan Hana Dharma Mangrwa, with GEGERBOYO Red Base Foundation, Yogyakarta Indonesia
Mural Watugilang, mural art project in Ngayogjazz, Yogyakarta
Manifesto 6.0, Multipolar, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta Indonesia
Dunia Komik, Galeri Nasional, Jakarta Indonesia
Framer Framed, ljpromenade 2, Amsterdam
Keep The Fire On, Survive garage, Yogyakarta
Mural Karmawibhangga, mural art project with GEGERBOYO, Kebun Bibi, Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta Indonesa Art Award, Galeri Nasional Indonesia

Thinking through craft, Galeri Lorong, Indonesia.
Prajurit Kalah Tanpa Raja, comic and mural presentation , Brussels, Belgium.
Pekan Seni Grafis Yogyakarta, printmaking exhibition, JNM, Yogyakarta
Mural Pancasila, mural art project with GEGERBOYO, Kridosono, Yogyakarta
Jogja Editions, printmaking exhibition, runs by Miracle prints Art shop & Studio, Sangkring, Yogyakarta
Resistance is Futile,Krack studio, Yogyakarta
Back To The Future #4, a visual exhibition, Ace House, Yogyakarta
Keep The Fire On, Survive garage, Yogyakarta
Acemart, Ace House, Yogyakarta
Terra Incognita, a visual exhibition, Arcolabs, Jakarta
Sejeblog Neighborhood streetart, mural art project, Jeblog, Yogyakarta
maFest, mural art project, Mantrijeron, Yogyakarta
Unfolded Vietnam - Indonesia, mural art project, Prawirotaman, Yogyakarta
Beyond Prawirotaman, visual exhibition, Via via café, Yogyakarta
Friends of TPS, printmaking exhibition, Miracle prints Art shop & Studio, Yogyakarta

Prajurit Kalah tanpa Raja, mural art project, Prawirotaman, Yogyakarta
Redbase Young Artist Award, a visual exhibition, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta
Prajurit Kalah tanpa Raja, visual exhibition, Red Base Foundation, Sewon, Yogyakarta
Prajurit Kalah tanpa Raja, mural art project, Minggiran, Yogyakarta
Print Parade #2, studio Grafis Minggiran” ,Grafis Minggiran, Yogyakarta
Jogjakarta International Miniprint Biennale, a printmaking exhibition, Sangkring, Yogyakarta
Keep The Fire On, Survive garage, Yogyakarta
Obat Kuat, a video exhibition with GEMATI, Krack! studio, Yogyakarta

Out Of Joint, a printmaking exhibition curated by Roy Voragen, dia.lo.gue artspace, Jakarta
Rough Machine Soft Power with PUNKASILA & Slave Pianos, Biennale Jogja XIII, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
IN RESIDENCE 14 Group exhibition with artist in residency during 2014 in Megalo,
Megalo print studio, Canberra, Australia
Salon Krack Krack-an ,Krack studio, Yogyakarta
The Krackatorium ,Krack studio, Yogyakarta
FSTVLST,launch FSTVLST album, PKKH, Yogyakarta

Art Print Asia ,news agency gallery, Sidney, Australia
4A, Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sidney, Australia
Neo Iconoclast, Langgeng, Magelang
Merayakan agar agar, DGTMB shop, Yogyakarta
Tanah Impian, Liberia Bodoni, Torino, Italy
Tanah Impian, FCAC, Footscray, Melbourne, Australia
Tanah Impian, Krack studio, Yogyakarta
Exquisite Corpatallation, ace house , Yogyakarta

Print Parade #1, studio Grafis Minggiran” ,Grafis Minggiran, Yogyakarta
Krack 3D, Krack studio, Yogyakarta
Pameran Perdana, Krack studio, Yogyakarta

Jogja Agro Pop, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, LAF, Yogyakarta
Serangan Nyamuk, A Collaboration Drama Comical,Mulyakarya with local people, Desa Minggiran Yogyakarta 2011

Mengintip Laut (Brest festival), Lembaga Indonesia Perancis, Yogyakarta

ASYAFF (Asian Student and Young Artist Art Fair), with Art Seasons Gallery, Seoul (old) Train Station, Korea
Decima bienal Havana, comic exhibition, Cuba

Havana Affair, One Gallery, Jakarta
Happening Kota Komik !, Kedai Kebun, Yogyakarta
Rumor of Tatang S, IVAA hobby studio, Yogyakarta
Hello Print, Edwin’s Gallery. Jakarta
Grafis Indonesia Sekarang, Tembi Contemporary, Yogyakarta
Jawa Baru, Srisasanti, Yogyakarta

Shadows of Prambanan , Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta
Punkasila , comic exhibition, Darren Knight Gallery, Sidney, Australia
Punkasila , comic exhibition, Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta

Artist Residency

Europalia Art Festival, Brussels, Belgium

ZeroStation, Saigon, Vietnam

Megalo Print Studio, Canberra, Australia


Solo Exhibition

Prajurit Kalah Tanpa Raja, solo exhibition, Kebun Bibi, Yogyakarta

Forget Me Not, solo exhibition, Krack! studio & Gallery, Yogyakarta

Mukamalas silkscreen, solo exhibition, LIR space, Yogyakarta

KW2, solo exhibition, Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta

Melancholic Ego In The Colorfull Song Of Agony, solo exhibition, Srisasanti, Jakarta

Mukamalas Hobby Studio, IVAA, Yogyakarta

Ufo In My Room, Via Via café, Yogyakarta



Finalist Indonesia Art Award, (memadukan gambar clear line, teknik tuturan wayang beber, penyajian yang efektif)

Finalist Redbase Young Artist Award



curating an exhibition WIRAMA, Sonobudoyo, Festival Kebudayaan Yogyakarta
PUNKASILA Rough machine soft power, perform at Monazona, Klaipeda, Lithuania.
PUNKASILA Rough machine soft power, perform at IDF, Jakarta, Indonesia.

PUNKASILA the lepidopters, perform at WTF Power House, Brisbane, Australia

PUNKASILA the lepidopters, perform at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
PUNKASILA Rough machine soft power, exhibition and perform at Biennale Jogja, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PUNKASILA exhibition and perform at Monash university, Melbourne, Australia

PUNKASILA Decima biennale Havana, Cuba

PUNKASILA closing exhibition Asia Pasific Triennial, Gallery Of Modern Art, Australia
PUNKASILA exhibition and cd launch at Darren Knight Gallery, Sidney, Australia

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