Kohler Co., a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, is showcasing its support and passion for the arts with an exhibition called “Kohler and the Arts” for the first time in Indonesia. ‘Kohler and the Arts’ will be displayed on GF Promenade, Senayan City from 30 November until 6 December 2015 following its past success in China, Hongkong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and Singapore.
The exhibition in Indonesia consists of three parts, each displaying different aspects of art within the company. Taking center-stage is Kohler Bold. Art., a sculpture exhibition showcasing the works of six Southeast Asian artists from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam. Under the theme of ‘Asian Contemporary Art: Rooted in the Past, Looking into the Future’, the artists explore in-depth and within their cultural context how they see the changes such as continuing urbanization, Asia’s ever-increasing economic power on the world stage and the impact of constant innovation and technologies on societies. The results are art pieces that are as eclectic and interesting as the artists who have created them.
The second part of the exhibition is a selection of the KOHLER Artist Editions products, crafted by skilled artisans using methods that have been passed down for generations. Each design is inspired by patterns and color palettes drawn from cultures and landscapes around the world. Balancing artistry and craftsmanship with utility, Artist Editions products invite you to celebrate beauty and creativity each day.
The third part of the exhibition features Arts/Industry, a display that brings you back to the last century when Kohler Co. launched this program with artists-in-residence in the USA in 1974. Since then, more than 500 local and international artists have participated in this unique initiative.
The opening ceremony was honored by Mr. David Kohler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kohler Co and Mr. Larry Yuen, President – Kitchen & Bath Asia Pacific and EMEA.
“Throughout our history, Kohler has shown a long-standing dedication and appreciation for culture and the arts. The leaders of the company have supported this, growing and strengthening this relationship with the arts to bringing the arts and industry closer. By bringing ‘Kohler and the Arts’ to Indonesia and launching KOHLER Bold. Art. for the first time here, we hope you too will find inspiration here today in one of these beautiful pieces created by talented Asian artists,” said Mr. David Kohler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kohler Co.
“Driven by values in design, innovation and craftsmanship, Kohler has been strongly supportive of the arts and initiated many arts-related programs worldwide. To continue to expand Kohler Co.’s involvement with the arts in Asia, Kohler has established Bold. Art.. We wanted to create a platform to promote the artworks of established as well as aspiring artists. Our latest edition of the program features six Southeast Asian artists whose inspirational pieces of Asian Contemporary Art will give visitors unique perspectives on how Asia’s roots in the past will drive cultural, economic and technological changes in its future,” said Larry Yuen, President – Kitchen & Bath Asia Pacific and EMEA.
Representing Indonesia in KOHLER Bold. Art. exhibition is Dr. Ahadiat Joedawinata, an artist, interior designer and also a lecturer at the Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). His artworks are entitled “The Process-1” & “The Process-2” and aim to reflect his view of natural ecological phenomena.
“The artwork of Dr. Ahadiat portrays water as one of several ecological elements, which are very important for human beings and all living beings on earth. He developed a basic form of a drop of water with a glacé color and texture to build an image of clear water with various mineral contents. He has arranged the six stoneware elements stacked within a metal structure,” explains Larry Yuen.
The exhibition is open to the general public from 30 November until 6 December 2015 on GF Promenade, Senayan City at Jalan Asia Afrika Lot 19, Jakarta from 10am to 9pm (Mon-Sun). Admission is free.