10 Contemporary Art Galleries in Yogyakarta that You Need to Visit

10 Contemporary Art Galleries in Yogyakarta that You Need to Visit

Planning to go to the beautiful and captivating Yogyakarta this weekend?

One of the major tourist destinations in Indonesia, Yogyakarta has a lot of its attractions to offer for those travelers that craving for culture. From its amazing Hindu temples, Sultan’s palace, contemporary art galleries, and so on, Yogyakarta has its beauty that you have to see. So, here are the best ten art galleries in Yogyakarta that perfect for art-lovers.

Ruang MES56

Jalan Minggiran, Mantrijeron, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Ruang MES56 hosts a small exhibition hall and a tiny library, where various art events, such as contemporary photography workshops, inter-disciplinary art projects, lectures, discussions, and presentations are often held. Ruang MES56 founded in 2002, established by a unique non-profit organization which run by a group of artists. The institution aims to support and promote exploratory and experimental approaches to contemporary photography and visual arts in Indonesia, as well as strengthening and expanding the South Asian network of contemporary artist.

© Nedim Chaabene|Flickr
© Nedim Chaabene|Flickr

Sangkring Art Space

Nitiprayan no. 88, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

+62 274 381032

Sangkring Art Space is located in Nitripayan, a famous local artist village. Founded in 2007, this art space offers two floors and more than 500 square metres of an exhibition area for modern and contemporary artists. This art space has held more than 55 different exhibitions since the opening, with the most impressive exhibition showcasing the work of Anusapati, a renowned Indonesian contemporary artist who used a series of suspended and disused railroad tracks in his works.

Bentara Budaya

Jl. Suroto, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

+62 274 560404

Bentara Budaya is the oldest art spaces and exhibition halls in Yogyakarta, a renowned cultural institution, owned and funded by Kompas Gramedia Group, with several sister organisations in different Indonesian cities, including Jakarta dan Bali. Bentara Budaya has been opened in 1982 with an exhibition of traditional painting by Citra Waluyo and Sastra Gambar. Bentara Budaya also regularly organizes a variety of cultural events such as film screening, cultural performances and monthly art lectures and discussions.

Cemeti Art House| Courtesy Cemeti Art House
Cemeti Art House| Courtesy Cemeti Art House

Cemeti Art House

Jalan Di. Panjaitan no. 41, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

+62 274 371015

Cemeti Art House, established in 1988, focusing on art exhibitions and projects both by Indonesian and foreign contemporary artists, art management, and residency. It has showcased artworks of a variety of renowned Indonesian modern and contemporary artists, including Anusapati, Agung Kurniawan, and Ugo Untoro, among others.

Jogja Gallery

Jl. Pekapalan, Alun-Alun Utara 7, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

+62 274 419999

Jogja Gallery, using a former movie theatre and a great example of traditional Javanese architecture, built under Dutch rule in 1929, the spacious, and light art gallery houses with two floors and 900 square meters of exhibition space and a small café, overlooking large open lawn squares nearby. It is opened in 2006 and aims to promote Indonesian contemporary art and provide a much-needed exhibition space for young artists from Yogyakarta to present their works to wider public. Jogja Gallery hold mostly group exhibitions, and carries out a variety of cultural events, as well as art auctions.

Kedai Kebun

Tirtodipuran 3, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

+62 274 376114

Kedai Kebun is a mixture of contemporary art gallery, performance space, bookstore, and restaurant. Founded in 1996, Kedai Kebun is entirely managed by a group of artists. This art space wants to create an alternative playing space for inter-disciplinary art performances and exhibitions, aiming to support contemporary artist, to provoke and inspire the art community and to familiarize the larger public with alternative artistic expressions. Kedai Kebun regularly held contemporary art and photography exhibitions, film screenings, a variety of cultural performances, lectures, and discussions, and publishes a quarterly vierwer’s journal HALTE.

Langgeng Art Foundation

Jl. Suryodiningratan 37, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

+62 274 417043

Langgeng Art Foundation opened in 2010 by Deddy Irianto. The foundation aims to support contemporary art in Indonesia and promote well-established Indonesian artists on the global scale. Langgeng Art Foundation hosts a variety of art and photography exhibitions and has exhibited numerous well-known contemporary artists such as FX Harsono, S Teddy D, Agus Suwage and Fillippo Siascia. The Foundation also publishes a variety of exhibition catalogues and art books, regular talks and lectures and offers residency to interested artists.

Museum Affandi

Laksda Adisucipto 167, Yogyakarta

+62 274 562593

Affandi Museum, located on the bank of Gajah Wong River, celebrates the work and life of one of the well-known Indonesian painters. The museum hosts several art galleries, displaying personal items of the artists, and over 250 paintings, including some amazing self-potraits. Some of the building’s features are wonderfully bizarre, such as prayer room, which is located in a converted horse carriage, painted in technicolour tones with a roof shaped as a banana leaf.

Taman Budaya Yogyakarta

Jalan Sriwedani No. 1 Yogyakarta

+62 274 523512

Taman Budaya consists of two main buildings – Taman Budaya Concert Hall and Societet Militar Building. The Concert Hall regularly serves as a multipurpose space for contemporary visual art, photography, and sculpture exhibitions, poetry readings, literary discussions, lectures and presentations. Meanwhile, Societet Militar Building focuses on performing arts such as traditional and modern music concerts, dance performances, and traditional Javanese shadow puppet theatre. This place a must visit and becoming a place that held annual Yogyakarta Art Festival, taking place during summer months.

Jogja National Museum

Prof. Ki Amri Yahya No. 1 Yogyakarta, Indonesia

+62 274 586105

Jogja National Museum founded in the early 200s, the museum aims to facilitate contemporary art practices and support contemporary Indonesian artists. Jogja National Museum located in the former complex of the Art Institute of Indonesia in Yogyakarta and covering almost two hectares, the museum consists of several buildings, including the Citizen Hall, where young and emerging artists can exhibit their work free of charge.

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Sumber Gambar : @Damien HR|Flickr, Museum Affandi

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