The Jakarta Fine Art and Ceramic Museum is one of the grandest buildings in Kota, yet unlike so many of them, fully restored to its former glory.
In accordance with its original function as Batavia’s Court of Justice, the architectural design is appropriately imposing, built in the Palladian style – which is easily recognizable from its use of symmetry and huge columns.
Palladian architecture, which was once very popular in Britain back in the 17th century, still (rather bizarrely) remains in vogue in modern day Jakarta - where the rich now build their ostentatious mansions in wealthy suburbs like Pondok Indah.
I’m no fan of ceramics but the museum does have a decent collection of paintings by old masters including Raden Saleh and, my favorite, the expressionist painter Affandi.
All in all, a wonderful old building and definitely worth a look around on any visit to Kota.
The Jakarta Fine Art and Ceramic Museum now…
And in the early 1930s…
The Jakarta Fine Art and Ceramic Museum
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