Jakarta. The Presidential Palace's collection of paintings presented in the "Songs of Motherland" exhibition at the National Gallery in Jakarta, features two works by 19th-century Russian painter Konstantin Yegorovich Makovsky.
One of Makovsky's canvases displayed is a portrayal of a traditional Russian wedding, created by the artist in 1881.
The huge painting, measuring 295 centimeters by 450 centimeters and estimated to be worth more than Rp 18 billion ($1.35 million), was a gift for Indonesia's first President Sukarno, presented to him by Nikita Khrushchev during a visit to the Soviet Union.
Due to conservation difficulties and the painting's size, it is not the original that the gallery displays, but its copy on a big LED screen.
"During his life, Makovsky made only three large-size paintings. Two of them were given to President Sukarno, and the other one was presented to the British Monarch," curator Asikin Hasan said on Thursday (10/08).
Sukarno, who befriended many local and foreign artists, was also known as an avid art collector.
The exhibition features 48 paintings by 19th and 20th-century painters such as Basoeki Abdullah, Raden Saleh, Wakidi, Lee Man Fong, Rudolf Bonet, Itji Tarmizi, A.D Pirous, and Alimin Tamin.
It is divided into four sections: nature, daily life, tradition and identity, mythology and religion.
Beside paintings, the exhibition also showcases a number of important documents about the Presidential Palace's collections.
"Songs of Motherland" will be open until Aug. 30.