SATURDAY 31 May 2014, 4pm – 6pm

Free Admission


Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers (HBArt) present a series of public art programmes in conjunction with a special selling exhibition titled Popo Iskandar’s Expressions which runs till 29 June 2014 at Curate.

The seminars, covering the topics of art critique and analysis, art collecting and investing, as well as art conservation and restoration, will be presented as part of an educational initiative to create awareness and educate the public on art knowledge.

The objective of this second installment of art programme for 2014 is to discuss the works of Indonesia’s foremost expressionist artist Popo Iskandar, his contributions toward Modernism in Indonesian visual art and his roles as a painter, a cultural thinker, an art critic and an art educator.





Son of Popo Iskandar and Director of Griya Seni Popo Iskandar, Bandung, Indonesia

Born in Bandung in 1971, Harry Nugraha is the eighth son of Popo Iskandar’s eleven children. Graduated from Department of Law Padjadjaran University Bandung, Harry Nugraha founded Visi Persada Law Firm, a consultancy firm focusing on intellectual rights. In 1998, he founded Titian Seni Community, a community for creative activity and art and is a Chairman. He has been Director of Griya Seni Popo Iskandar – Art House since 2000.




Author of Rupakata: Art and Thoughts of Popo Iskandar

Born in 1968 in Subang, West Java, Indonesia, Hawe Setiawan is an educator, writer and a cultural observer. He is currently Chairman of Pasundan University’s Lembaga Budaya Sunda (Sundanese Culture Institute) and Vice Chairman of Pusat Studi Sunda (PSS, Centre for Sundanese Studies). Lecturer at Faculty of Arts and Letter, Pasundan University, Managing Editor of Sundalana, Journal of PSS, Bandung, Indonesia. He is co-editor of a number of books namely From Spirit to Creation: Kanwa Adikusumah, Journey and Sculptures, Sang Ahli Gambar: Sketsa, Gambar & Pemikiran S. Sudjojono and editor of Forum Sastra Indonesia Hari Ini, Dari Kaki Gunung Guntur ke Taman Sari: Biografi Prof. Dr. E. Saefullah Wiradipradja and many more. Besides writing books, he has also contributed many writings, reviews and articles to journals and publications.




Author of Rupakata: Art and Thoughts of Popo Iskandar

Born in 1962 in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia, Soni Farid Maulana has been actively writing poems since 1976. Among the numerous poems that have been published Variasi Parijs van Java, Secangkir Teh, Opera Malam, Sehampar Kabut, and many more. He has won a number of literary awards including Hadiah Sastra Lima Besar Khatulistiwa and Anugerah Jurnalistik Zulharmans from PWI (Indonesia Journalist Association). He participated in the Southeast Asian Writers Conference in Quezon City, the Philippines in 1990. He was invited to the Festival de Winternachten in Den Haag, the Netherlands and in 2002, he performed at Festival Puisi Internasional Indonesia and the International Literary Biennale Living Together in Bandung in 2005. He currently runs Komunitas Sastra Lingkar Selatan in Bandung. As a writer, he contributes his writings to HU Pikiran-Rakyat Bandung.




Grandson of Popo Iskandar, Curator of Griya Seni Popo Iskandar and author of Rupakata: Art and Thoughts of Popo Iskandar

Born in Bandung, Indonesia in 1979, Anton Susanto graduated from the Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology in 2006 majoring in painting. He has been a Curator of Griya Seni Popo Iskandar since 2011. He was a member of the curator board at Galeri Kita in Bandung, an art gallery owned by the Government of West Java Province from 2005 to 2011.  Besides managing a gallery, he is also a painter who has been participating in group exhibitions in Bandung and Jakarta since 2003. He is the founder of AmiS (Art Management Integrated System), an events management company that organises local art competitions, cultural events and festivals since 2005. His recent project includes co-editing Rupakata: The Art and Thoughts of Popo Iskandar and writing an essay about art management.



1.         Share with us the life of Popo Iskandar as an artist, a cultural thinker, an art critic and an art educator.

2.         What influenced him to adopt cats as his main subject matter?

3.         How has the works of Popo Iskandar contributed toward Modernism in Indonesian art?

4.         Based on the works on display here, how can the viewer relate to the works of Popo Iskandar?

5.         What can one expect from reading Rupakata: Art and Thoughts of Popo Iskandar?

6.         What are the roles of Griya Seni Popo Iskandar?