Category Archives: Fine Art Auction 1 Feb 2015

From the Collection of Çaka Datuk (lots # 097 to 120)

Collections are often accumulated for decades, and sometimes even centuries. Each of the art work that is added to the collection, contribute in shaping the stories and histories or the personality and/or his/her family. Then comes a time to part with the collection. As touching or sad it may be, perhaps comes with this, is the time to tell and share the stories and histories, not only of the art pieces in the collection, but throught the art, also the personal history of the individual and his/her family.

097 Hasim Potret Adam Malik 1975

097
Hasim
Potret Adam Malik
1975

098 Srihadhy Bunga 1966

098
Srihadhy
Bunga
1966

099 Trubus Soedarsono Wanita 1958

099
Trubus Soedarsono
Wanita
1958

100 Isa Hassanda Ceremony In Bali 1981

100
Isa Hassanda
Ceremony In Bali
1981

101 Çaka Datuk Penabuh Gendang Puri Saren - Ubud 1978

101
Çaka Datuk
Penabuh Gendang Puri Saren – Ubud
1978

102 Sukada, Made Acinthya 1973

102
Sukada, Made
Acinthya
1973

104 Çaka Datuk Spakenburg Haven - Hollan 1979

104
Çaka Datuk
Spakenburg Haven – Hollan
1979

108 Abas Alibasyah Topeng 1968

108
Abas Alibasyah
Topeng
1968

109 Aas Alibasyah Topeng 1968

109
Aas Alibasyah
Topeng
1968

116 Çaka Datuk Wanita Pengamen Sitter Jalanan 1999

116
Çaka Datuk
Wanita Pengamen Sitter Jalanan
1999

119 Bonnet, Johan Rudolf Studies of Figures pencil on paper

119
Bonnet, Johan Rudolf
Studies of Figures
pencil on paper

120 Bonnet, Johan Rudolf Male Figure 1970

120
Bonnet, Johan Rudolf
Male Figure
1970

Born on December 9th, 1933 in  Bima,  on the island of Sumbawa, in West Nusa Tenggara, Muhammad Zakaria Datuk,  Çaka Datuk was the fifth of eight children of Rustam Datuk Sari Maradjo and, Siti Sarah. His father was an employee of the Dutch East Indies colonial government who was stationed in Nusa Tenggara, while his mother was born on  Rote island off Timor, in East Nuasa Tenggara. He spent his childhood moving from one town to another around Nusa Tenggara, following his father’s assignments. He attended grade school in Mataloko (Flores Island)  and Soe (Timor Island). in 1948, he was sent to live with his eldest brother Abdul Madjid Datuk in Jakarta to enter the Van Lith junior high school on Jl. Gunung Sahari.

Since he was very young, Çaka Datuk had already had great interest in art. His teacher at Van Lith encouraged him to continue to make artworks. He was determined to continue his education at the Art High School  (Sekolah Seni Rupa Indonesia/SESRI) in Yogyakarta, and then to the Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts (Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia/ASRI). At ASRI, he became acquainted with Wardoyo, Abas Alibasyah, Amri Yahya, Sapto Hoedoyo, Bagong Kussudiardjo, and many other artists who later gained recognition.  Among the most influential of his teachers were Trubus Sudarsono dan Rudolf Bonnet, who at one point became a visiting professor at the academy. According to Hilly de Roever-Bonnet, the Dutch artist’s niece and biographer, Bonnet considered Çaka Datuk as his protégé.

Along with the exodus of the Dutch residents from Indonesia, Bonnet also returned to the Netherlands in 1957. In 1966, Çaka Datuk continued his studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1966. Although his initial interest was in fine art, at the academy his interest shifted to fashion design. Upon his completion of the program, he worked as a fashion designer, with none less than Queen Juliana being one of his clients.

Since the late 1960s Bonnet was living at the Rosa Spier Huis, an elderly home especially for artists in Laren. On weekends he would visit Çaka in Amsterdam, reminiscing about Indonesia. During his visits, Bonnet would occasionally make drawings of Çaka and his nephew Wim Sulaiman “Upu” Datuk.

In 1978, both Rudolf Bonnet and his colleague Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, the Prince of Ubud  and founder of the Museum Puri Lukisan passed way in 1978. Bonnet was allowed to be ceremonially cremated as part of the the Tjokorda’s great royal cremation in 1979. Çaka and Hilly de Roever-Bonnet took part in the ceremonies.

Not long thereafter, in 1984, Çaka Datuk returned to Indonesia and lived in Jakarta, working as a fashion designer. His combined interest in fine art and fashion design also led him to design textile, and produced among others contemporary Timor Ikat weavings and Minangkabau gold thread Songket.

After suffering from chronic diabetes, Çaka Datuk passed away in Jakarta, on May 4th, 2014.

Over twenty artworks, mostly consisting of the works of this talented artist, along with art works by other prominent artists with whom he was quite closely acquainted, namely Rudolf Bonnet, Trubus, Abas Alibasyah, Isa Hasanda, and Made Sukada, are featured in this auction.

Link to our auction catalog:

http://www.sidhartaauctioneer.com/cat/home.php?cat=279&sort=orderby&sort_direction=0&page=3

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From the Manfred Schoeni Collection of Indonesian and Southeast Asian Art

“Long after we are gone, art can live on and let future generations decide if art should survive or become obsolete.”

— Manfred Schoeni, 1999
(from The Art of Manfred Schoeni exhibition catalogue)

 

Ten years have passed since Asian art enthusiasts were shocked by the news of the tragic death of Hong Kong based art dealer, entrepreneur and also artist Manfred Schoeni, during his vacation in Boracay, The Philippines, on May 2004.

In the art world, Manfred Schoeni was best known as one of Hong Kong’s leading dealers for Chinese contemporary art. His Schoeni Art Gallery was opened in 1992 and it became one of the most successful showcases of contemporary Chinese art in Hong Kong.

While Schoeni is most famous for his engagement with Chinese art, during his numerous visits to Bali he had also started acquiring Indonesian art and art about Indonesia, as well as Southeast Asia.

035 San Miguel, Roger Mother and Child IV oil on canvas

035
San Miguel, Roger
Mother and Child IV
oil on canvas

036 San Miguel, Roger Love

036
San Miguel, Roger
Love

037 Husner, Paul Balinese Landscape 1998 - 1999

037
Husner, Paul
Balinese Landscape
1998 – 1999

038 Husner, Paul Landscape of Bali, Iseh 2001

038
Husner, Paul
Landscape of Bali, Iseh
2001

039 Husner, Paul Balinese Landscape - Ubud 1997 - 1998

039
Husner, Paul
Balinese Landscape – Ubud
1997 – 1998

040 Dullah Portrait of a Girl with Flowers in Her Hair

040
Dullah
Portrait of a Girl with Flowers in
Her Hair

Sutawijaya, Putu Freedom I

028    Sutawijaya, Putu
Freedom I

029 Sujena, Nengah Masih Kepopong (Cocoons) 2003

029
Sujena, Nengah
Masih Kepopong (Cocoons)
2003

030 Sudiana, Putu Contradiction 2003

030
Sudiana, Putu
Contradiction
2003

031 Teja Mulya, I Komang Gede Tarian Rakyat (Folk Dancing) 2003

031
Teja Mulya, I Komang Gede
Tarian Rakyat (Folk Dancing)
2003

032 Sang Made Alit Setiawan Bermain Dadu 2003

032
Sang Made Alit Setiawan
Bermain Dadu
2003

033 Darya, I Nyoman Budi CS (Name of artist’s friend) 2003

033
Darya, I Nyoman
Budi CS (Name of artist’s friend)
2003

034 Surya Darma, I Gede Made Big Piercing 2003

034
Surya Darma, I Gede Made
Big Piercing
2003

028  Alpha Tejo Purnomo Lelakut (Scarecrow) 2003

028
Alpha Tejo Purnomo
Lelakut (Scarecrow)
2003

Featured in this auction (lots #027 to #040) are works of art coming from Manfred Schoeni’s collection of Indonesian and Southeast Asian Art. The collection shows that he was interested in paintings by Indonesian artist Dullah, and Philipino artist San Miguel, and Paul Husner, a Dutch artist who is very fond of Bali.

Yet Schoeni had a wide range of interest in art. The art entrepreneur’s keen interest in contemporary art can be seen from the paintings by contemporary Balinese artists.  In the late 1990s and early 2000s he visited Bali regularly, and on one of his visits he stumbled upon an exhibition organized by the Sanggar Dewata group of artists at the Neka Museum, and decided to acquire paintings by contemporary Balinese artists Putu Sutawijaya, Nengah Sujena, Putu Sudiana, Nyoman Darya, Gede Made Surya, Made Alit Setiawan, and Komang Teja Mulya, as well a painting by Alpha Tejo Purnomo, who also resides in Bali.

What a great opportunity it would be to be able to extend Schoeni’s art collecting legacy for future generations! Ars longa, vita brevis.