Homage to the Eternal Creativity of the Human Race
July 3/2003 – Museum Nasional, Jakarta
Opened by Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, Director General Unesco and Mr. I Gede Ardika, Minister of Culture and Tourism in Indonesia
“A sketch of atmospheric impressions”
A comprehensive chronological Educational Exposition of the most important examples of art produced throughout human history around the world, from the cave dweller to the present, in the form of museum replicas in an “atmospheric” context. To achieve this the exposition will draw and use material from both the Tangible Heritage and Intangible Heritage from around the world.
As an Educational project this exposition is not only meant to provide the opportunity for those who do not have the privilege to view and be aware of the wealth and diversity of global art throughout the ages, but also to illustrate the importance of Creativity in cultural, social and economic development and as a vehicle supporting and promoting World Peace. It is hoped that this will inspire and persuade societies (and their governments) to appreciate the importance of preserving their Cultural Heritage, of presenting and promoting it at present, and of considering the importance of Creativity in future development.
The exhibits should be displayed, as far as possible, in layers of chronological order relating to their time of creation, viewed in parallel with other examples of art from around the globe dating from the same period. The exhibits should be viewed in a meaningful “atmospheric” context that evokes the culture and era within which they were conceived and created. For example, instead of just displaying paintings and sculptures of the Baroque era in a “traditional” exhibition format one could attempt to place them in a “room”, an environment, that would also include furniture, tapestries, chinaware, architectural details, etc. all dating from the same Baroque period, and to complete the “atmospheric” impression one could always add some Baroque music. In fact, because of the exceptional format of this exposition which is designed around the ‘atmospheric’ concept mentioned above, the exposition suggests itself to a supplementary and complementary program that will include a number of other art forms such as theatre, dance and music that can be used to illustrate the integral relationship extant between one art form and another. In this respect an accompanying program of lectures and seminars could also be linked with the exposition.