Ade Darmawan graduated at the Yogyakarta art academy in Indonesia.
He came to the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in January 1998 for a two-year
working period. This was his first time in Europe and, given his connection
with the social and political situation in Indonesia, he cannot give
full expression to his political engagement here in this luxurious western
artistic isolation. “I am learning to know myself, I fight with
my anger, rage and boredom. I am here, because I want to return.” In
his work he constantly searches for communication with his public. This
is how he came to make “Thanks” at the Rijksakademie. Cakes
are set out for the visitor but they are only attainable by crossing
the floor that has been covered with jelly...
The role of the artist and the role that art can play in society are
of particular interest to him. With the knowledge that he acquired at
the Rijksakademie he returned to Jakarta where he established the ruangrupa
Ade Darmawan’s work can be seen in exhibitions in Indonesia and