The Soemardja Gallery was established in its current location in
1993. As an oldest university gallery in Indonesia, the Soemardja
Gallery serves as an educational complement to the Bandung Institute of
Technology (ITB) Department of Fine Art and as a cultural resource for
the institute and Bandung arts communities.
Soemardja Gallery is the oldest university gallery in Indonesia and
in Bandung. Founded in 1974, the gallery is named after the late Syafe’i
Soemardja, one of the architect of art education system in Indonesia.
The gallery is located on the north side of Bandung and easily
reached by public and private transportation. The gallery building is a
part of the Faculty of Fine Art and Design and located near the grass
field of the East Aula, within the campus of Bandung Institute of
As part of an educational institution, initially the gallery is a
place for the academic circles of ITB to exhibit their works. Nowadays,
it is a place for contemporary art exhibitions and for the students to
learn and study the management of exhibitions and art programs through
curatorial and volunteering works. To stimulate a wider general public
on contemporary art issues, Soemardja Gallery also holds art programs
such as discussions, seminars and workshops by artists and art experts
in the national, regional and international fields. The gallery also
accommodates other visual art practices, including industrial design,
architecture, craft, photography, and visual culture in general.
Soemardja Gallery regularly runs art programs and exhibitions in
co-operation with local, regional, international artists, various
cultural foundation, and art institutions.
The exhibition space is approximately 150m2 and is 4m in height on
one side and 2.4m on the other side. The space is equipped with lighting
facilities and removable panels.
The mission of the Soemardja Gallery as university gallery in ITB is
to encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in
society through direct engagement with original works of art. The
gallery stimulates active learning about art and the creative process
through research, teaching, and dialogue among communities of ITB
students, faculty, artists, curators, art critics, scholars, alumni, and
the wider public. The Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational
programs to offer enjoyment and encourage inquiry, while building and
maintaining its collections in trust for future generations.
The Soemardja Gallery animates the intellectual life of the greater
university community through exhibitions and programs exploring new,
global perspectives on art and on art discourse. The Gallery mission is
to provide exhibitions of the highest quality, to encourage intellectual
and aesthetic growth through interpretive programming for these
exhibitions, to promote critical dialogues and discussions between
students, faculty and gallery communities and to continue maintaining
and developing the gallery permanent art collection for exhibition,
education and research purposes