Opera installation about sabotage and censorship in art

Holland Festival Proms - Dark Play

Jompet Kuswidananto

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The chandelier falls, and smithereens are scattered across the floor. The Indonesian artist Jompet Kuswidananto has created an opera installation especially for the Proms and the Recital Hall of The Concertgebouw with its imposing chandelier. He was inspired by the falling chandelier scene in The Phantom of the Opera. Videos show newly recorded songs about the obstruction, sabotage and censorship that art and artists have had to endure over the years, particularly in countries where freedom of speech is under threat. Kuswidananto has previously exhibited work at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Taipei Biennial, and the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. His work is about a changing world and the role of art in this.

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