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by Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
with the support of the Italian Embassy in Jakarta
and the Italian Cultural Institute in Jakarta

Wednesday | August 5th 2020 | 15:30 – 18.00 via Zoom


As part of the preservation of cultural heritage, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta has restored the phenomenal paintings of Lee Man Fong. The restoration was carried out on the beautiful painting "Margasatwa dan Puspita Indonesia". This very large painting, measuring 4 metres x 10.85 metres (and this is one of the largest paintings in the world), consists of three rather curved panels and is located at the top of the wall facing the entrance foyer Bali Room – Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta. The painting, which depicts the rich flora and fauna in Indonesia, has been completely restored, with the restoration, begun in July 2019, having taken up to one year.

First opened and inaugurated by President Soekarno on 5 August 1962, Hotel Indonesia has been designed as a modern hotel that reflects the beauty of the archipelago's charm and cultural diversity in Indonesia. This is reflected in one of the hotel walls, which is still displaying a number of works of Indonesian artists, including the panel paintings "Margasatwa dan Puspita Indonesia" by Lee Man Fong (1913–1988). When Hotel Indonesia was built, Bung Karno asked Lee to make this painting and hoped that it would become the largest painting in Indonesia. A commissioned work made at the request of President Soekarno was done by Lee Man Fong (LMF) while four assistants, namely Lim Wa Sim, Tjio Soen Djie, Siauw Swie Ching and Lee Rern, assisted in the process until the work was completed in 1962. The publication of this work was also included in one of the Presidential Palace's collection books, at a time when LMF worked as a palace painter and professional painter in the universe of Indonesian painting. His attitude and artistry are undoubtedly amazing considering that a lot of his works were produced in the face of the historical, social and economic problems that resulted from the impact that industrialisation had in the fine arts field.

Of further interest is that the physical condition of the painting "Margasatwa dan Puspita Indonesia" was affected after Hotel Indonesia underwent several renovations, until finally, Hotel Indonesia decided to restore the painting through a professional painting restoration process. Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta entrusted the work of conservation and restoration of this masterpiece painting to Michaela Anselmini, an Italian restorer who opened a restoration studio in Indonesia, where she now lives. Furthermore, she is determined to restore the Great Painting of Lee Man Fong very carefully and not to change the original work.

However, to preserve and maintain one of these masterpieces in Indonesia requires a synergy in the painting restoration process that cannot be separated from the involvement of various institutions and scientific disciplines.

Therefore, on this webinar occasion, conservation activities in LMF's work were not only placed as a case study of the process of maintaining or saving an art work, but were understood more broadly with regard to the role of national policies on a scale that enabled positive synergies to develop conservation studies and preservation of works of art and awareness of the values of national cultural heritage, especially for the fine arts college environment. In this case, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta and the Restoration team which is part of the world community, certainly cannot be separated from their roles and responsibilities for the maintenance, saving the work of the nation's children in order to face the challenges of changing times, so as to realize the synergy between art, science , technology and humanities that benefit the wider community.

Through this introduction, we invite the speakers in order to discuss further about how understand the existing work in the context of history, preservation, conservation and studies on the conservation of art and culture in relation to the concept of spatial planning, communication and the dignity of artists in the fulfilment of their artistic potential as one of the national cultural heritages that is meaningful for the progress of the nation.

Opening Session

Erwin Hendrawan – Representative of Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta – Background behind the initiative of the conservation project of Lee Man Fong's painting at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski JakartaH. E. Benedetto Latteri – Ambassador of Italy to Indonesia – Short remarks to the viewersMaria Battaglia – Director of Istituto Italiano di Cultura Jakarta – Short remarks on the role of the Italian cultural centre in cultural diplomacyDr A. Rikrik Kusmara, M. Sn. – Dean of FSRD ITB – Introduction to the challenge of fine arts colleges in developing the discipline of arts and culture conservation in the context of cooperation between institutionsLin Che Wei – Founder of Sarasvati Art Communication and Publication – Short remarksDr Oei Hong Djien – Founder of OHD Museum – Short brief introduction to Lee Man Fong from the art collectors' point of view

Keynote Speakers

Hilmar Farid – Director General of Culture, the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture – Explanation and Issue of National Policies Regarding the Conservation of Arts and Culture in IndonesiaMichaela Anselmini – Art Restoration Studio Sarasvati Art – Presentation and experience of the restoration of Lee Man Fong's paintings from the Hotel Indonesia collection, KempinskiJim Supangkat – Independent Curator – Discussion of Lee Man Fong's paintings from the Hotel Indonesia collection, Kempinski from the aesthetic field, changes in social cultural values and historical awarenes


Dikdik Sayahdikumullah, M. Sn., Ph.D. – Head of Visual Art Program FSRD ITB

The webinar will be conducted in Bahasa and English.

Organized by
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta in collaboration with Fakultas Seni Rupa dan Desain ITB
Pusat Kebudayaan Italia (Istituto Italiano Di Cultura), Jakarta.

Narahubung : Dikdik Sayahdikumullah Phone : 081214754383


Date: Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Time: From 3:30 pm To 6:00 pm

Organized by : Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

In collaboration with : Fakultas Seni Rupa dan Desain ITB, Italian Embassy in Jakarta, Italian Cultural Institute in Jakarta

Entrance : Free