Recently, RUCI Art Space presented the second edition of a collector’s show, ‘Y : Collect 2.0’, to share with the broader public the idealisms and significance of collecting art.

The private collection of Paula Dewiyanti, S. Santosa, Dian Sastrowardoyo, Marissa Soeryadjaya and Simon Tan was curated by Grace Samboh. Grace was invited by RUCI Art Space to curate Y: Collect 2.0 to begin the process by focusing on artworks that have ephemeral quality, and to continue exploring the notion of creating self or collective legacies through art collecting.


This particular event is held once every two years to celebrate and honour individuals who have contributed to the development of Indonesia’s contemporary art through private collecting. The first Y : Collect in 2015 showcased the collection of 10 young art collectors and focused on answering the question of why and how they begin collecting.

The second installment is a continuation of the first Y : Collect with a more in-depth understanding of the different frameworks that each collector has in building their collection. As a collection is developed there are many possible focus, it may reflect on the collectors self-definition, social and/or political advocacy. The exhibiton was held until April 9.

From the five collectors, RUCI Art Space gathered the diverse bodies of work from Agung “Agugn” Prabowo, Agus Suwage, Albert Yonathan, Arifin, Bob Yudhita Agung (Bob Sick), Cinanti Astria Johansyah (Keni), Eddie Hara, Handiwirman Saputra, J.A. Pramuhendra, Mella Jaarsma, Natisa Jones, Octora, Srihadi Soedarsono, Syaiful Aulia Garibaldi, Wedhar Riyadi, Wisnu Auri, and Wiyoga Muhardanto.

Artists, galleries, art institutions, collectors and the public together build parts of Indonesia’s cultural foundation, the director of RUCI Art Space Melin Merrill explained. Therefore, it is important to keep the dialogue regarding art and art collecting relevant as the art industry continuously evolves.

Melin continued to elaborate on the reasons why RUCI as gallery, an extension of a cultural body, feels that it is important to provide an open platform for the public to experience art from various takes. She hopes that people are encouraged to build a well-informed private collection that is intelligent, strategic and even  playful—as described by John Cruthers, an Australian art adviser and private curator.

RUCI Art Space’s presence also serves as a space to experiment, develop and transform ideas into representative symbols and objects. In a sense, the gallery is contributing to Indonesians’ cultural identity by reflecting the current generation through guided exhibition tours, talks and workshops.

Founded in 2014 as a Jakarta-based contemporary art gallery, the first exhibition in October 2014 was held at an abandoned restaurant; today it’s the gallery’s permanent location. The name, RUCI, is malleable in its connotation and means the source of light, taste, or pleasure.

In its 450sqm space lie a main exhibition area with two video installation rooms for artists to challenge themselves into working outside their normal artistic ways. There are four artists a year being exhibited for a month, along with collaborative projects with art communities targeted to the youth.

To browse through the online catalogue and learn more about RUCI Art Space, head to www.ruciart.com. Then take a stroll through the gallery’s clean, modern and minimalist aisle on Jl. Suryo Block S No. 49, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.

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