Solo Art Galleries
(Solo, Central Java, Indonesia)
Although Solo certainly isn't a city known for its formal art galleries, there are plenty of interesting gift shops spread all around the city central, selling an eclectic variety of local Javanese handicrafts. Most tourists find that the Indonesian 'batik' fabrics are truly an artwork in themselves, where fabrics are painted in elaborate patterns with molten wax (malam) or similar, before being hand-dyed.
The Dullah museum serves as an important art gallery in Solo and is dedicated to the country's famous and highly acclaimed 20th-century artist 'Dullah'. This private art gallery showcases many of his paintings and has become something of a cultural landmark in the city, attracting large numbers of visitors each year.
Address: Jalan Dr. Cipto, Solo, Indonesia, ID
Born in the city of Solo in 1919, the acclaimed, late Indonesian artist known simply as Dullah soon became known for his large and very lifelike portraits and still-life paintings. With strong political connections, Dullah was a good friend of Indonesia's first president, Soekarno, and at one stage helped him establish his own private collection of art works. The Dullah Museum opened in the late 1980s and continues to provide visitors with a unique chance to experience some of Dullah's most famous pieces, which he bequeathed to the nation after he died in 1996. Other exhibits include many of his personal antiquities, ceramics and handicrafts.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 08:00 to 12:00