'Nusantara': A celebration of Indonesian art and culture at the UST Museum

Embark on a captivating journey into the heart of Indonesian art and culture

Art enthusiasts and culture aficionados are invited to embark on a captivating journey into the heart of Indonesian art and culture as the University of Santo Tomas Museum and Artiste Musaeum proudly present "Nusantara: A Celebration of Indonesian Art and Culture." The exhibition was unveiled on Sept. 5, 2023, 3:00 p.m., at the main gallery of the UST Museum.

The term "Nusantara" is derived from combining two old Javanese words - nusa or "island" and antara meaning "between." Combined, it refers to the Malaysian Archipelago (Singapore, Brunei, and Malaysia) along with Indonesia and the Philippines. It also embodies the exhibition's essence of unity in diversity and is a testament to the artistic brilliance, historical significance, and cultural vibrancy of the area.

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Poster courtesy of Artiste Musaeum Facebook page

Curated by Anthony "Tonet" V. Gedang, owner of Artiste Musaeum, “Nusantara” promises to let visitors experience the magic of Indonesia's indigenous traditions, artistic mastery, and captivating stories. From anthropomorphic sculptures, tribal masks, accessories, and Wayang Kulit shadow puppets, "Nusantara" showcases the profound connection between art and identity.

With a deep appreciation for Indonesia's artistic heritage, Gedang exhibits "Nusantara" to honor the nation's artistic genius, while fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of its cultural tapestry.

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A sample of the exhibit’s pieces on display

Nusantara is a collaboration between the International Council of Museums - Philippines (ICOM Phils), Artiste Musaeum, and UST Museum under its Director, Rev. Fr. Isidro Abaño, O.P. The exhibition will run until Sept. 25, 2023.

The UST Museum is open on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays to Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Museum adheres to the University of Santo Tomas’ academic calendar and is closed during academic breaks, University and religious holidays, and during periods of inclement weather that necessitate class suspensions at all levels.

Entrance costs is P30 for non-Thomasian students with student ID, and P50 for non-students. Thomasian students, faculty, support staff, and alumni with ID may enter for free. Tour guides, teachers with school tour groups, and members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) can also enter for free. Non-Thomasian senior citizens and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) with valid IDs enter for free as well.