Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA) and National Gallery of Indonesia will be co-presenting the exhibition of contemporary Thai painter, Natee Utarit. Scheduled to run from 3 – 17 October 2017 at National Gallery of Indonesia, Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No. 14, Central Jakarta, Indonesia, the exhibition entitled Optimism Is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces will exhibit 7 artworks from the artist’s Optimism is Ridiculous series, which began in 2012 and has been featured in various galleries in Asia. The Opening Reception will take place on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 at 7pm.
The Altarpieces is Utarit’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, these works are composed of multiple panels forming a diptych, triptych, or polyptych, following the tradition of classical religious paintings with elaborate frames and settings.
Utarit’s interest in Western religious painting stems from his appropriative approach to classical art. “In my paintings here 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 with National Gallery of Indonesia as its second stop. It was presented in Ayala Museum in Makati City, Philippines as its first stop in February 2017. After its run in Jakarta, the exhibition is scheduled to head on to Singapore.
Natee Utarit – Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces
3 - 17 October 2017
National Gallery of Indonesia
Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No. 14,
Central Jakarta, Indonesia
Press Conference & Artist Talk
3 October 2017, 5pm
3 October 2017, 7pm
The Private Expectation of God and the Common Reason of Investment
Oil on canvas
265 x 249 cm diptych