Heri Dono


ABOUT THE ARTIST

One of Indonesia’s most well known contemporary artists, Dono has achieved iconic status both internationally and in his native Indonesia. He recently represented Indonesia in the Venice Biennale, where he showed a large-scale kinetic sculptural installation in the Indonesia Pavilion, which was located in the Arsenale.

Born in Jakarta in 1960, and a graduate of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta, Dono early on developed a distinctive style that came out of his extensive experimentation with the most popular form of Javanese folk theatre, wayang, a vibrant and eclectic art form that enacts complex narratives, often derived from ancient mythology, incorporating music with performances by two-dimensional shadow puppets as well as more lifelike wooden puppets and even human actors. Dono’s elaborate sculptural installations take inspiration from these puppets, bringing them into the contemporary world of machines, robots, and television. Often featuring unusual juxtapositions of motifs, a variety of moving parts, and sound and video components, these multi-media works make powerful statements about political and social issues as well as the often jarring interrelationship between globalization and local cultures. With his paintings, Dono creates fantastical worlds of strange, hybrid creatures and oblique narratives, inspired by the colorful characters and stories of wayang, as well as contemporary issues.

Tyler Rollins Fine Art hosted the first New York solo exhibition for Heri Dono in 2014. Entitled The World and I, the exhibition featured an overview of paintings, sculptures, and installations from throughout his thirty-year career. It followed a major mid-career survey of Dono’s work, The World and I: Heri Dono’s Art Odyssey (2014), which was at Art 1: New Museum in Jakarta, Indonesia, and for which a 260 page catalogue was published. His work was recently on view in the group exhibition, In Search of Meaning – The Human Image in a Global Perspective, at the Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, The Netherlands (2015); and a solo exhibition at Färgfabriken, Stockholm (2015).

Since his first showings in the early 1980s, he has exhibited extensively around the world, participating in 270 exhibitions including numerous international biennials, such as: Venice Biennale (2003 and 2015); Guangzhou Triennial (2011); Gwangju Biennale (2006 and 1995); Sharjah Biennial (2005); Taipei Biennial (2004); Asia Pacific Triennial (2002 and 1993); Yokohama Triennial (2001); Havana Biennial (2000); Shanghai Biennale (2000); Sydney Biennale (1996); São Paolo Biennial (2004 and 1996). Key international museum exhibitions include: Negotiating Home, History and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia 1991-2011, Singapore Art Museum (2011); Wind from the East, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2007); Cities on the Move, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, traveled to Hayward Gallery, London, Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, Siam Centre, Bangkok (1999); Traditions / Tensions, Asia Society, New York (1996); New Art from Southeast Asia, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space (1992); Man and Human Expression, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (1991); Modern Indonesian Art: Three Generations of Tradition and Change, 1945-1990, Sewall Gallery, Rice University, Houston, traveled to San Diego, Oakland, Seattle, and Honolulu (1990).

Venice Biennale (2015)

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Installation view of "Voyage - Trokomod" in the Indonesian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, May 9 - November 22, 2015

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Installation view of "Voyage - Trokomod" in the Indonesian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, May 9 - November 22, 2015

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Installation view of "Voyage - Trokomod" in the Indonesian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, May 9 - November 22, 2015

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Installation view of "Voyage - Trokomod" in the Indonesian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, May 9 - November 22, 2015

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Installation view of "Voyage - Trokomod" in the Indonesian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, May 9 - November 22, 2015

The World and I (2014)

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Flying Angels, 1996

fiberglass, fabric, bamboo, acrylic paint, electronic and mechanic devices, cable, automatic timer

10 pieces, each 39 x 24 x 10 in. (100 x 60 x 25 cm)

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Operation Mind Control, 1999

fiberglass, metal plate, wood, barbed wire, adaptor, drinking glass, wire plate, cable, automatic timer

11 pieces, each 22 x 22 x 4 in. (56 x 56 x 10 cm)

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Inner City, 1999

fiberglass, enamel paint, electronic and mechanic devices, bulb, cable, zinc plate, automatic timer

71 x 28 x 18 in. (180 x 72 x 45 cm)

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Clinic Primata, 2001

fiberglass, book attached with paper collage, transparent acrylic plate, wood

7 pieces, each 7 x 8 x 12 in. (18 x 21 x 31 cm)

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Terorist Batik (Terrorist), 1984

batik

41 x 49 in. (104 x 123 cm)

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Banteng V Pistol (Bull Versus Pistol), 1984

batik

29 x 36 in. (73 x 90 cm)

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Kondektur Dibunuh (A Conductor Gets Shot), 1992

acrylic and collage on paper

26 x 32 in. (65 x 80 cm)

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Tan Malaka February 1949, 2008

acrylic on canvas

59 x 79 in. (150 x 200 cm)

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The Bearer of B-29, 2011

acrylic on canvas

78 ¼ x 59 ½ in. (200 x 150 cm)

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Dua Pandora (Two Pandoras), 2012

acrylic on canvas

63 x 78 in. (160 x 200 cm)

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Jalasveva Jaya Mahe, 2013

acrylic on canvas

63 x 79 in. (160 x 200 cm)

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The Monkey Astronaut, 2013

acrylic on canvas

78 x 58 ½ in. (200 x 150 cm)

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Shooting Nose, 2014

acrylic on canvas

33 x 55 in. (85 x 140 cm)

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Installation View of "The World and I" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 30 - December 20, 2014

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Installation View of "The World and I" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 30 - December 20, 2014

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Installation View of "The World and I" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, October 30 - December 20, 2014

Archive (2000-2009)

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Puppets Watching Puppets, 2009

fiberglass, cardboard, acrylic, fabric, wood

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Tan Malaka February 1949, 2008

acrylic on canvas

59 x 79 in. (150 x 200 cm)

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The Skeleton Angel, 2008

acrylic on canvas

79 x 59 in. (150 x 200 cm)

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Dua Tukang Sulap Menari (Two Magicians Dancing), 2008

acrylic on canvas

35 x 28 in. (90 x 70 cm)

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Born & Freedom, 2008

fiberglass, acrylic, radio, metal

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Spiderman (Superheroes Serial), 2002

acrylic on canvas

60 x 50 in. (150 x 125 cm)

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Zorro (Superheroes Serial), 2002

acrylic on canvas

60 x 50 in. (150 x 125 cm)

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The Clown (Superheroes Serial), 2002

acrylic on canvas

60 x 50 in. (150 x 125 cm)

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Gundala Putera Petir (Superheroes Serial), 2002

acrylic on canvas

60 x 50 in. (150 x 125 cm)

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Badman (Superheroes Serial), 2002

acrylic on canvas

60 x 50 in. (150 x 125 cm)

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Raksasa (Giant), 2001

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Clinic Primata, 2001

fiberglass, book attached with paper collage, transparent acrylic plate, wood

7 pieces, each 7 x 8 x 12 in. (18 x 21 x 31 cm)

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Trojan Horse, 2001

cardboard, acrylic, wire, video projection

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Superman Still Learning How to Wear Underwear, 2000

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Watching the Marginal People, 2000

wood, fiberglass, electric bulb, metal, radio, speaker

197 x 67 in. (500 x 170 cm)

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A Magician Who Has Never Been Killed, 2000

acrylic and collage on canvas

64 x 81 in. (154 x 205 cm)

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A Guard Who Is Keeping The Bank's Key, 2000

acrylic and collage on canvas

64 x 81 in. (154 x 205 cm)

Archive (1990-1999)

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Political Clowns, 1999

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Inner City, 1999

fiberglass, enamel paint, electronic and mechanical devices, bulb, cable, zinc plate, automatic timer

71 x 28 x 18 in. (180 x 72 x 45 cm)

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Operation Mind Control, 1999

fiberglass, metal plate, wood, barbed wire, adaptor, drinking glasses, wire plates, cable, automatic timer

11 pieces, each 22 x 22 x 4 in. (56 x 56 x 10 cm)

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Dialogue With a Pistol, 1998

acrylic and collage on canvas

19 x 14 in. (48 x 36 cm)

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Flying Angels, 1996

fiberglass, fabric, electric motor

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Flying Angels, 1996

fiberglass, fabric, electric motor

each figure 24 x 55 x 6 in. (60 x 140 x 15 cm)

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Flying Angels, 1996

fiberglass, fabric, electric motor

each figure 24 x 55 x 6 in. (60 x 140 x 15 cm)

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Ceremony of Soul, 1995

stone, fiberglass, radio and tape player, lamps, fans, wood

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Aku Berhati Nyaman / I Feel Secure, 1995

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Woman and Carriage, 1994

acrylic and collage on canvas

30 ½ x 30 ½ in. (80 x 80 cm)

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The Chair, 1993

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Kondektur Dibunuh (A Conductor Gets Shot), 1992

acrylic and collage on paper

26 x 32 in. (65 x 80 cm)

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Gamelan of Rumors, 1992

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Kuda Binal, 1992

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The Bali Dancer, 1992

acrylic and collage on canvas

39 x 39 in. (100 x 100 cm)

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Fermentation of Mind, 1992

wooden school desks, books, tape players, electronics, fiberglass, metal

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Hoping to Hear From You Soon, 1992

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Three Pistols on the Back, 1992

acrylic and collage on canvas

59 x 59 in. (150 x 150 cm)

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The Hesitant Barong, 1992

acrylic and collage on canvas

39 x 39 in. (100 x 100 cm)

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Dialogue Within the Heart, 1992

acrylic and collage on canvas

39 x 39 in. (100 x 100 cm)

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The Barong's Imagination of the Drunkard, 1991

acrylic and collage on canvas

59 x 59 in. (150 x 150 cm)

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Fight for the Flag, 1990

acrylic and collage on canvas

31 ½ x 31 ½ in. (80 x 80 cm)

Archive (1980-1989)

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The Suppressor, 1989

acrylic and collage on canvas

20 x 18 in. (51.5 x 46 cm)

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Agenda in Bali, 1989

acrylic and collage on canvas

19 x 19 in. (49 x 49 cm)

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Help Me God, 1989

acrylic and collage on canvas

26 x 15 in. (66 x 38.5 cm)

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Buddha in Borobudor, 1988

acrylic on paper

15 x 13 in. (38 x 33 cm)

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Dialogue with a Stone, 1988

acrylic and collage on canvas

15 x 16 in. (38.5 x 40 cm)

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Main Tali (Playing Rope), 1985

acrylic on canvas

37 x 37 in. (95 x 95 cm)

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Terrorist Batik (Terrorist), 1984

batik

41 x 49 in. (123 x 104 cm)

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Banteng V Pistol (Bull Versus Pistol), 1984

batik

29 x 36 in. (90 x 73 cm)

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Binatang Di Dasar Lautan (The Strange Creatures Under the Sea), 1984

batik

20 x 33 in. (51 x 85 cm)


WORKS

Venice Biennale (2015)

The World and I (2014)

Archive (2000-2009)

Archive (1990-1999)

Archive (1980-1989)

Fukuoka Museum – Asia Collection 100, Heri Dono

December, 2015


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Art Radar, 10 pavilions to see at the 56th Venice Biennale

August, 2015


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Venice Biennale Catalogue, Heri Dono

May, 2015


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Artnews, In Deep Water

May, 2015


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Ocula, A Conversation With Heri Dono

May, 2015


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Blouin Artinfo, Heri Dono’s “Voyage – Trokomod”

April, 2015


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The Jakarta Post, Heri Dono

March, 2015


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Art Loft, Why Southeast Asian Art Now?

December, 2014


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Art Asia Pacific, Heri Dono

November, 2014


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Today’s Zaman, Arter exhibition connects Southeast Asian art to a global perspective

September, 2014


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Jakarta Globe, A Glimpse Into the Larger-Than-Life World of Heri Dono

August, 2014


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The New York Times, An Indonesian Storyteller Ahead of His Time

May, 2013


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Re – Play #1, Heri Dono

January, 2013


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Negotiating Home History and Nation, Heri Dono

2011


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Asian Art Now

2010


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The Dying King & I, Heri Dono

January, 2008


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Wind from the East, Heri Dono

2007


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Modern Indonesian Art, Heri Dono

2006


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Upside Down Mind, Heri Dono

March, 2003


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Asia-Pacific Triennial, Heri Dono

2002


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Heri Dono: Dancing Demons and Drunken Deities

October, 2000


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Mythical Monsters in Contemporary Society, Heri Dono

1999


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Traditions/Tensions, Heri Dono

1996


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Adelaide Installations, Heri Dono

1994


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Soul, Spirit, and Mountain, Preoccupations of Contemporary Indonesian Painters

1994


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Asia-Pacific Triennial, Heri Dono

1993


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