Galeri Hadiprana organized an exhibition of the works of 7 modern Balinese painters from 17 February 2013 to 16 March 2013. The seven artists have a long-standing relationship with Hendra Hadiprana, owner of Galeri Hadiprana as well as a number of interior projects. Many of the artworks, from paintings, sculptures and installation, are exhibited with the purpose of interior projects in mind, whether for residential or office spaces. Here, the relationship between art and interior design is formed. The problem is, however, does this relationship develop smoothly or do any of the parties involved have to make compromises?


In the field of interior design, Hendra Hadiprana’s name is well-known as a designer who often incorporates art into his projects; especially works by Balinese artists. This is asserted in the Bridging Two Worlds exhibition that he organized to mark the 15-year professional relationship between Hadiprana and the seven Balinese artists. This collaboration places emphasis on the functional aspect of art – to occupy and decorate a space – that according to some may affect its sale price. But does this aspect influence the quality and aesthetic value of a work, and does the artist experience creative freedom in this model of collaboration?

  • The Bridging Two Worlds exhibition shows seven Balinese painters whose works occupy the middle ranges of the market. In this show, art enthusiasts are able to see works that respond to interior needs, with themes that remain a favourite in the world of interior design.
  • The “made-to-order” impression clings to works that are involved in interior projects. This is so, because the main principle in interior design is to select art with positive psychological, social and artistic influence to the space and its inhabitants. Despite that, the works must also have investment value.
  • Collaboration between interior design and art does not always run smoothly. There are a number of cases that reveal how artists are unwilling to compromise their artistic ideas for the sake of the client’s vision. Here, the importance of having extensive discussions prior to the project’s execution becomes apparent.

Commissioned works initiated by interior projects have begun as early as the Renaissance era, when artists were asked to create works for church interiors. Here, we are able to see how interior design requires artworks not only to fill the space, but to fulfill biophysical, psychological, socio-economic, cultural as well as spiritual needs.

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