Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA) and the National Gallery of Indonesia have joined up to present “Optimism Is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces”, an exhibition by contemporary Thai painter, Natee Utarit.
The exhibition, which runs through October 17 at the National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta, features seven works from the artist’s Optimism is Ridiculous series, which began in 2012 and has been featured in various galleries in Asia.
The Altarpieces is Natee’s critique of Western modernism. It is a satire of modernism and capitalism, and tells of its seduction of local customs and traditions. Consisting of a total of 12 works, the “altarpieces” are composed of multiple panels forming a diptych, triptych, or polyptych, following the tradition of classical religious paintings with elaborate frames and settings.
Natee’s interest in Western religious painting stems from his appropriative approach to classical art.
“In my paintings I offer an interpretation of the world and various beliefs that appear in the Western world from my own Asian perspective,” he says.
“Optimism Is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces” is a travelling exhibition and the National Gallery of Indonesia as its second stop. It was presented in Ayala Museum in Makati City, Philippines in February and after Jakarta will be travelling to Singapore.
The National Gallery of Indonesia is located at Jl Medan Merdeka Timur No 14, Central Jakarta, Indonesia.
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