Opportunities for Indonesian museums to improve quality

Ambassador Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan called for a closer cooperation between Indonesian museums and their French counterparts. In a cultural dialogue at the Indonesian Embassy last Thursday (23/11), he mentioned that from around 350 museums in Indonesia, only half in good condition and can attract visitors. There are 10 million visitors annually to all the museums. "This is very contrast, because Museum Louvre alone gets 10 million visitors per year." Last recorded cooperation was between Museum Guimet Paris with National Museum in Jakarta in 2009. Ambassador mentioned the importance to improve human resources, technology, and management for Indonesian museums. Also spoke in the dialogue are the co-founder of Museum Pasifika in Nusa Dua Bali, Mr. Philippe Augier, Mr. Rully Sukarno and Prof. Surya Rosa Putra from the Embassy, also Mr. Yann Pichon, a renowned French art critic. Around 80 people attended the dialogue, ranging from art collectors, critics, academics, and Indonesian diaspora. Mr. Augier was in Paris to launch his book, “Museum Pasifika: Transcultural Expressions Tahiti-Bali". (pn)