Peranakan The Living Legacy
29 July – 24 Agustus 2013
Josephine Linggar

Showcasing the treasure of Peranakan culture, Galeri Hadiprana brought art aficionados back to the past with their magnificent exhibition – Peranakan: The Living Legacy. It’s an integrated art and exhibition that blown your mind. The event featured finest works from Indonesia talents, including painting by Josephine Linggar, kebaya Peranakan by Agnes Budhisurya, vintage Peranakan furniture and home accent by Jojo Gow, exquisite porcelain by Ghea Panggabean and beautiful, noy-to-be-missed Peranakan jewelry by Manjusha Nusantara. Galeri Hadiprana at Mitra Hadiprana Boutique Mall, Jakarta became the host fr this artistic affair, which was opened on Monday, July 29, 2013 by Ibu Inten Soeweno. The elegant opening of this exhibition was also hosted by LB Moerdani, Martina Widjaja, and Rita Poesponegoro. All guest who attended the event, dressed in a Peranakan mood. The exhibition, lasted until August 24, was aimed to bring the legacy of Peranakan forward, as the unique acculturation of Chinese immigrants and Indonesia natives. It’s a treasure of the nation, and any movement to reserve the culture can be considered important since it has enriched the national culture of Indonesia.

Josephine Linggar herself is known as collector’s favorite, both in Indonesia and abroad. The senior artist had solo exhibition in Jakarta, Singapore and even Washington DC. Josephine was in Jember East Java, studied landscape architecture and had thiriving career in fashion but found her real calling in painting. Portrait of beautiful women became her signature style in painting. Definitely one of the most memorable woman painting that she had done would be the painting of the then-first wife Tien Soeharto, a project assigned to her by the presidency palace in the 80s.

Josephine Linggar’s Peranakan series, which were featured in the exhibition, are her latest works created around 2012-2013. From “Heritage Lady”, “Sharing the Good News”, to “My Way”, enticing figures of ladies in Peranakan context are captured perfectly in the painting, sometimes spirited, reflective, fun yet sometimes sensual. “My Way” uniquely expressed the spirit of acculturation by picturing young lady in kebaya and blue jeans. The exhibition of Peranakan culture is aimed to gain public attention to this heritage, both from Indonesia and expatriates community.