If you are travelling to Yogyakarta or happen to be there right now, you should make an effort to visit the Affandi Museum.
Last October, while R and I were having our one month escapade in Indonesia, I told him on the eleventh hour that I would like to go to Jogja and take a look at Candi Borobodur when we were still in Bali. We booked our flight tickets the next morning and the rest of it was history.
So we were Googling where to go and what to eat – I saw that the Affandi Museum was one of the top rated destination to visit, so I thought, why not? Last October, I had no idea who the man was other than him being a great artist, likened to the Picasso of Spain (or Paris – I would like to think of it that way). I stumbled into the museum which didn’t look quite like one – big metal gates by the side of a busy road.
Today, I am more well acquainted with Affandi. Seeing his rare pieces in art fairs that fetch exorbitant prices, I still feel that his artworks are best hung in museums and corporate spaces. The museum itself is separated into 3 galleries. Gallery I is a long and cozy building with paintings hung on both sides. It was the first space built and designed by Affandi himself – followed by Gallery II and Gallery III.
What surprised me most was that this entire space was also where Affandi lived and was buried in. Even today, you can see his grave, side by side with his wife – he chose it specifically, to be eternally placed next to his loved one and surrounded by his art works. I mean, Parisian museums and London galleries are great but not one has this depth of intimacy and humility. The exterior looks unassuming and quaint yet the floors, walls, gardens, everything has its story in this Affandi Museum. You might not like or understand art; this place is still worth a visit for its intrinsic historical value.
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 4pm (closed during PH)
Admission Fee: IDR 50,000 (approx 5SGD) for international visitors with free soft drink and souvenir. IDR 20,000 (2SGD) for Camera usage
Getting there: http://www.affandi.org/visit/address-n-accessibility