Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories

is a dialogue between the collections of Galeri Nasional Indonesia, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and Singapore Art Museum, initiated by the Goethe-Institut. Aiming to trace stories, counter-histories, and absent histories whose spirits populate the present and seek new narratives, Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories explores the question of how these interwoven histories within nation-building processes, individual identity formation, and their embodiment are reflected in artistic works and their exhibition history.

About the project
© Goethe-Institut Jakarta


MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum - Arin Rungjang © MAIIAM Contemporary Art MuseumJuly-October 2021


Chiang Mai, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum

Responding to the exhibition Errata at Singapore’s Post Museum in early 2000s, ERRATA, at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, explores the errors in contested historical narratives in Thailand and beyond through regional artists networks and women artists’ approaches to performance and media arts vis-a-vis the ongoing political turbulence, which stems from the colonial period to Cold War politics.

The Gift National Gallery Singapore © Ho Tzu NyenAugust-November 2021

The Gift

Singapore, National Gallery Singapore

Presented by the Singapore Art Museum, the Gift explores the nature of relations, affinities and influences through the gesture of giving and return, as it is performed, remembered, and as that which remains and entangles, encapsulating simultaneously an expansiveness of spirit and an obligation to another.

Nation, Narration, Narcosis © Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart - BerlinNovember 2021-April 2022

Nation, Narration, Narcosis

Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

Taking as starting points Joseph Beuys’ expanded concept of art, the social sculpture and Beuys’ works at Hamburger Bahnhof, the exhibition revolves around the role of narratives that form imagined communities such as groups or nations, counter-narratives and counter-memories, and proposals for new narratives, communities and futures.

Dolorosa Sinaga, Solidaritas (Solidarity, 2000) © Dolorosa SinagaJanuary-February 2022

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Jakarta, Galeri Nasional Indonesia

Departing from the 1995 Non-Aligned Countries Contemporary Art Exhibition that carved a chapter in the collection of the Galeri Nasional Indonesia, this exhibition investigates relationships amongst artists, their practices and their allegiances, regardless of their nationalities and supposed political identities.

The Curators © Goethe-Institut Jakarta


These exhibitions are jointly conceived by the curatorial team consisting of Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Grace Samboh, Gridthiya Gaweewong, June Yap.