Initiated by Sally Below, Moritz Henning, and Eduard Kögel
Curated by Avianti Armand and Setiadi Sopandi with Sally Below, Moritz Henning, and Eduard Kögel
Dipl.-Ing. Arsitek: German-trained Indonesian Architects from the 1960s
From 12 December 2022 to 12 January 2023, the exhibition Dipl.-Ing. Arsitek: German-trained Indonesian Architects from the 1960s gave an in-depth look into the careers of eight Indonesian-born architects: Bianpoen, Han Awal, Herianto Sulindro, Jan Beng Oei, Mustafa Pamuntjak, Soejoedi Wirjoatmodjo, Suwondo Bismo Sutedjo and Yusuf Bilyarta Mangunwijaya. More than 20.000 visitors came to the newly opened exhibition and cultural center Taman Ismail Marzuki in Jakarta.
The exhibition illuminated the lives and work of these architects, who studied in Germany and graduated in the 1960s with the degree of Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.) in architecture. After graduation, many of the newly trained architects returned home and became the protagonists of modern Indonesian architecture. Some of them, however, remained in Europe, settling in Germany, Switzerland, or the Netherlands.
Historical documents and previously untapped archival materials allowed for an intensive examination of the work of these architects against the backdrop of their training in Europe, particularly from Germany.
New photographs created for the project by William Sutanto (Indonesia) and Moritz Bernoully (Germany) depicted exemplary buildings by the architects in their present-day context and rose questions about the cultural significance and future of architectural modernism in Indonesia and Germany.
Dipl.-Ing. Arsitek: German-trained Indonesian Architects from the 1960s was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Indonesia.