Affandi Museum – Don’t skip this article if you are a resident outside Jogja who wants to go on holiday to Gudeg City but with a slightly different concept. Because this time we will provide recommendations for a unique tourist spot, namely the Affandi Museum.
This museum is located at Jl. Admiral Adisucipto Number 167, Caturtunggal Village, Depok District, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta. In this place you will be pampered by the various works of painting Maestro Affandi, complete with documentation from his life.
History of Affandi Museum
Affandi is an Indonesian painting maestro who produced 2000 works during his lifetime. He was born in Cirebon City in 1907 and was the son of a measuring officer, R. Koesoema.
When he was a painting artist, Affandi adhered to the abstract or expressionist school. He was also known as an artist who always wore a sarong and used a cigar pipe.
Moving on to the Affandi museum, this building stands on 3.5 hectares of land and is divided into four galleries plus other supporting buildings. Apart from the main museum, there is a unique building which was the main house of Affandi and his family at that time.
According to the story, the history of the construction of this museum began with Gallery I which was completed in 1962. Meanwhile Gallery II was inaugurated on June 9 1988 with support from the Indonesian Government.
Gallery III began construction in 1999, and was inaugurated by the 10th Governor of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono, in 2000. Lastly, Gallery IV was officially opened in 2002 and functioned as an exhibition for Affandi’s paintings while he was still actively painting.
Interesting things you can do when visiting the Affandi Museum
For those of you who are painting lovers, visiting this museum is like finding a true paradise. Because besides seeing Affandi’s works, you can also enjoy other exciting activities such as:
1. Learn to paint at the Affandi Museum
Not only as a place for painting exhibitions, the Affandi Museum apparently also has a painting learning studio called Sanggar Gajah Wong. As the name suggests, this studio will facilitate you to learn painting professionally and be guided directly by Affandi’s daughter, Mrs. Kartika Affandi.
2. Nice Nongki at Attic Café
As explained previously, next to the museum building there is a two-story building where the maestro and his family used to live. So, currently the top floor of this building is being used as a cafe with the name Cafe Loft. At this cafe, you can relax while enjoying food and drinks with a unique and instagrammable cafe feel.
3. Photo Hunting from the Affandi Museum Viewing Post
The Affandi Museum also has a viewing post that you can use to see the city of Jogja from a height. From the top of this substation, you can also see a clearer view of the museum building and the Gajah Wong River.
And because everything in this place is very photogenic, you can freely hunt photos at any time. You can photograph paintings, buildings and everything that is there. But remember not to take close-up photos of the painting.
Affandi Museum Entry Ticket Price
Entry ticket prices for this museum start from Rp. 25,000,- per person for local visitors, Rp. 50,000,- per person for foreign tourists and Rp. 10,000,- per person. Apart from that, if you bring a digital camera, you must pay an additional ticket of Rp. 20,000,- and Rp. 10,000,- for a cellphone camera.
Meanwhile, the museum’s opening hours are from 09.00 to 16.00 WIB from Monday to Saturday, and are closed on National holidays. Finally, the Affandi Museum also has additional facilities such as a culture and arts library, cafe, parking area, prayer room and toilets.