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Indonesia Pavilion / Biennale di Venezia 2013

Entang Wiharso (b.1967) majored in painting and obtained his bachelor’s degree in art at the Indonesian Art Institute in Yogyakarta. A painter and a sculptor, his works are like parts of the greater life-narrative and have been compared to the Divine Comedy of the great Italian poet, Dante Alighieri. As he juxtaposes the past with the contemporary, the imaginative and the real, his hyper realistic forms and images also give the impression of near surrealistic imagery. Entang uses bronze, graphite and aluminum mixed with other materials for his objects and grand sculptural installations that are interspersed with large paintings. He is inspired by personal and public memory and experiences, Javanese myths and legends, and the Candi reliefs as well as by popular iconography in which political, social and historical facts and situations are interwoven.