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A physician and a committed art patron, Dr. Melani Setiawan from Jakarta has been collecting and supporting young artists from Indonesia for four decades now.

To many, she is the “mother of Indonesian artists”. Other than a substantial collection that preserves the creative energy of Indonesian artists since the 1970s, Dr. Setiawan has also built up a photography archive which chronicled the stories and developments of the Indonesian art scene with more than 45,000 photographs. Taken at exhibition openings, studio visits and Melani’s meetings with some of the country’s most important artists, these images were published in 3 volumes under the title “Doctor Melani’s Archives and Indonesian Art World” (1977-2011).

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