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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.

Freitag Collection