As recognized by many, Edwin's Gallery (EG) is one of the most active and the longest-running private art galleries in Indonesia. Founded in July 1984, it constantly maintains its existence and activities in the art scene and never ceases to develop ever since.
Starting from a small gallery space and photography studio in his garage, the gallery now stands on an area of 2000 m2 which consists around 500 m2 solely for exhibition spaces, at Kemang, Jakarta. To this date, the gallery has hosted more than 150 exhibitions that presented more than 200 established artists, from Indonesia and across the globe.
The highlighted list of prominent Indonesian contemporary artists who have taken part in EG's exhibitions are namely: Sunaryo, Nyoman Nuarta, Heri Dono, Dolorosa Sinaga, Agus Suwage, Rudy Mantofani, Handiwirman, Ivan Sagita, S Teddy D, and Yani Mariani Sastranegara. Many of these artists have been presented in the international art scene by EG, such as at Sichuan Art Museum in China, NUS Museum in Singapore and Open Asia 2004 at Lido, Venice.
Apart from promoting Indonesian artists abroad, the gallery has also plays a major role in introducing international artists and hosting a significant number of exhibitions presenting their works in Indonesia. One of EG's most significant initiatives in this part is in 2003 with the exhibition From China with Art at the Galeri Nasional Indonesia, curated by Johnson Chang and showing works of the famous names of Chinese contemporary artists, such as Zhang Xiaogang, Tang Zhigang, Wang Guangyi, Yue Minjun and Fang Lijun.
Furthermore, as a part of its participation in developing Indonesian art history, the gallery also shown a number of exhibitions showing historically important works of Indonesia's maestros, particularly Ahmad Sadali, Mochtar Apin, S Sudjojono and Affandi. Many of the works are a part of the gallery's permanent collection that will be preserved in its presently developing museum, which will be opened in the short future.
Edwin's Gallery journey proves itself as one of the most consistent frontrunners in this country's art scene. Its accomplishment is a result of the founder's motivation to share and create, to build the local art scene together with the art communities and art lovers, something that has been continuously growing, becoming a legacy.