Museum Affandi in Yogyakarta is all about the famous artist, Affandi. Every Indonesian artist knows the works of this painting maestro and would definitely learn a lot more about his artistic style and private life from this museum. He used to live and work along the bank of the Gajah Wong River, and it is in this same location where his memories now remain alive for everyone to enjoy.
Located on Jalan Raya Yogyakarta by the west bank of the river, Museum Affandi puts on exhibit the famous painter’s great masterpieces, other works of other painters that made it to his personal collection, his old vehicles, and his old house. Simply put, the museum provides a glimpse of who the artist truly was when he was alive. A special feature of the museum is a gallery where artistically gifted children are taught how to paint.
One part of the museum is a gallery that was opened by Affandi himself in 1962 when he was still alive. Inaugurated in 1974, this gallery features the maestro’s earliest paintings as well as the latest ones. Also on exhibit here are Affandi’s valuable belongings such as his greenish-yellow colored 1976 Colt Gallant car that was modified to look like a fish, an old wind-cycle that he used to get around, and a reproduction of his own statue and that of his daughter Kartika.
The museum has two other galleries. The different paintings of Affandi’s preferred painters are displayed in Gallery II. They come from well-known senior artists and newbies. The gallery’s first floor contains abstract paintings while the upper floor displays realist paintings. The gallery was inaugurated in 1988. Gallery III, on the other hand, is a multipurpose gallery with two floors and a basement. The underground level serves as a storage area, the main floor holds the Gajah Wong Gallery for gifted children, and the upper floor is the painting-treatment and restoration area. Gallery III is very distinct because its roof is shaped like a banana leaf. Nearby is a tower on which guests may climb to get an amazing view of the museum, Gajah Wong River, and the busy Laksda Adisucipto Street. Also not far away is Affandi’s family’s old house. The house’s ground floor is now used for Kafe Loteng that sells delicious foods and drinks to museum guests, while the upper floor shows Affandi’s personal room.
Affandi Museum’s artistry doesn’t stop at his house. To the left is a cart where his wife, Maryati, used to pray. Apparently, Maryati asked her eccentric husband for a mobile home like the ones owned by Americans. The artist obliged his wife’s request but added an Indonesia flavor to it. He built a cart.
The final museum attraction is the maestro’s resting place. Affandi died on May 23, 1990 and his tomb is now found between galleries I and II. Beside it is his wife’s tomb, and around their tombs and house is a lush rose garden. Admission to Museum Affandi, a truly one-of-a-kind museum is only 10,000 Rp for locals and 20,000 Rp for foreigners, plus 10,000 when taking photographs.