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Vocational High School of Art and Culture of Surakarta

There are several vocational high school in Surakarta city which offered arts and cultural study programs.

SMK Negeri 8 Surakarta

Teacher and student of SMK N 8 Surakarta (img/fb)

Surakarta State Vocational High School 8 (SMK Negeri 8 Surakarta) was founded at the initiative of artists and cultural experts, especially in the Surakarta Palace environment, which was initiated by him GPH. Soerio Hamidjojo (as committee chairman). After everything was carefully considered, the Minister of Teaching and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, Number: 554 / K / 3-b, dated July 17, 1950, decided to establish the Indonesian Karawitan Conservatory in Surakarta, which opened on: 27 August 1950. with the name: Conservatory of Karawitan Indonesia (KOKAR). The majors that were opened were: Karawitan Art which consisted of 2 educational programs: Instrumentalists and Karawitan Teachers

In 1976 in accordance with the Decree of the Directorate of Vocational High School Education, Number 0292 / 0/1976 dated December 9, 1976 there was a change in the name of the Indonesian Karawitan Conservatory to be replaced by the Indonesian Karawitan Middle School abbreviated SMKI, namely Educational Institutions that prepare students to become middle-level workers who have knowledge , skills and attitudes as a mid-level artist in the field of musical arts, dance and puppetry.

In 1997 according to the Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia Number. 036 / 0/1997, dated 7 March 1997 concerning the name change of the Indonesian Karawitan Secondary School (SMKI) Surakarta changed its name to the 8th State Vocational Middle School in Surakarta or Surakarta State Vocational High School 8, with the Performing Arts Expertise consisting of four Expertise Programs namely: Art Karawitan, Dance, Art of Pedalangan and Art of Music.

Subsequent developments in the 2008/2009 school year have opened a new program of expertise, Theater Arts.

SMK Negeri 9 Surakarta

PMR Wira SMK N 9 Surakarta (img/fb)

In 1993 the Indonesian government made a program to reduce unemployment, especially among teenagers. Every year it is estimated that 95% of the adolescents are ready to enter the workforce, but only 12% can be absorbed. Constraints faced include the lack of jobs and the lack of skills possessed by prospective workers. It is necessary to find a way out so that high school graduates or equals do not just rely on themselves as employees, but can work alone, independently and can even create their own jobs.

The Ministry of Education and Culture plans to establish vocational schools as a forum for skills education that can fill the workforce or work independently. But this program requires not a small amount of money. Therefore, policy was taken by adding new vocational programs to existing vocational schools.

One of the programs can be realized in the years 1986 to 1987 at the ISMS 8 of Surakarta, with the opening of Kriya Arts to complement the 3 existing departments, namely Dance, Karawitan Art, and Pedalangan Arts. This Craft Arts Department which later became the forerunner to the establishment of the SMSR (SMKN 9 Surakarta)

there was in June 1993 SMSR Surakarta occupies a new building located on Jl. Tarumanegara, Banyuanyar, Banjarsari, Surakarta with learning facilities that are still very minimal, but year after year SMSR Surakarta complements various equipment in accordance with the standards of the Craft Department. On June 18, 1994 the SMSR Surakarta was inaugurated by Prof. Ing Wardiman Djojonegoro by opening 3 Departments namely: Fine Arts, Wood Crafts, and Textile Crafts. Then the 2001 to 2002 school year added one more department, namely the Department of Metal Crafts. Because of the demands of the development of Information Technology, in 2005 there were 2 more majors namely Multimedia and Animation. The Multimedia Department was the first to be established in Surakarta and became a favorite department in Surakarta City until now.

In 2005 at that time the head of the school was Drs. Sudarto, MM SMSR Surakarta name was changed to SMK Negeri 9 Surakarta. After 3 years, the SMK Negeri 9 Surakarta opened 2 majors, namely Clothing and DKV (Visual Communication Design). Then in 2009 the SMK Negeri 9 Surakarta again opened another new department, namely TKJ (Computer and Network Engineering) so that now SMK 9 Surakarta has 9 majors. Surakarta 9th Vocational High School has also won the ISO 9001: 2008 certificate and is heading to become an International Standard School (SBI).

Mural arts on Gatot Subroto Street

The big smile from the murals of President Joko Widodo’s face in a store building (Ruko) Jalan Gatot Subroto (Gatsu) in Solo stole the attention of anyone who passes by. The mural is one of the many visual artworks painted on shop facades. In addition to the murals of the Solo-born president, along with the Gatsu corridor, there is also a mural painting of Maestro Keroncong Indonesia, Gesang Martohartono. The famous musician through Bengawan Solo song is very attached as the icon of Solo City.

Furthermore, there are mural paintings with the theme of the oath of youth, the struggle for independence, the culture of today’s youth, popular culture and other murals depicted in 40 shop-houses along the road corridor. Broadly speaking, the murals raised the wealth of Solo. However, the mural is not originally made. The muralists first communicate with the shop owner. The goal is to equate the concept of painting mural made.

One of them is a mural in a clock shop in the form of the face of Peter Henlein, a German wristwatch inventor who dressed lurik. Another common theme is the artist’s phenomenal singer artist Nike Ardila, who is considered an icon of Indonesian women’s Pop music. There are also pictures of Kurt Cobain, vocalist of the bands Nirvana and Jimmy Hendrix. The figure of Jean Basquiat, New York street painter who became an icon of graffiti art mural also present in this place. Not spared, the graceful woman who was batik emblazoned among the famous icon.

Since October 2017, the formerly deserted area is now buoyant with the activity of young people. They capture images among the mural while enjoying the night atmosphere of Bengawan City. In addition to traveling, they can also learn the spirit of the mural of the figure of Youth Pledge, such as Mohammad Yamin and Sugondo Joyopuspito. Or can walk a little toward Jl. Slamet Riyadi, to see the murals Minister of Fisheries and Marine, Susi Pujiastuti who fight pirates.

Artwork Of Antiquities At Tumurun Private Museum

Tumurun Private Museum is located at Jalan Kebangkitan Nasional RT 02 RW 04, near Taman Sriwedari Solo. As the name suggests, this museum is not open to the public. But occasionally the museum opened a special schedule. Or the public can use the appointment system that is posted via the email address on the Tumurun Private Museum page. The uneasy access would be paid if the visitor has earned a granted visit permit.

There are 100 collections of artwork in the museum owned by the founder of the largest textile business giant Sri Rejeki Isman (Sritex) Group. Inside there are two parts that are on display in the former pool area. The upper floor is a masterwork that is closed to the public. At the bottom, there is some contemporary work and Instagramable.

The whole collection is a treasure trove of HM Lukminto’s personal collection. Some of the existing collections are born from the golden hands of Mochtar Apin, Henk Ngantung, Arie Smit, Antonio Blanco, Ahmad Sadali, Affandi and Lee Man Fong. In addition, there is also Emil Rizek’s work, But Muchtar, Srihadi Soedarsono, Hendra Gunawan, and S. Susjojono. Other artists are H. Widayat, Johan Rudolf Bonnet, Walter Spies, Willem Gerard Hofker, Sudjana Kerton, Basoeki Abdullah and Raden Saleh.

While at the bottom, art lovers can find Kei Imazu’s work, Sinta Tantra, Eko Nugroho, Entang Wiharso, and Heri Dono. Do not miss not to see the works of Rudi Mantofani, Mochtar Sarman, Eddie Hara, Eddy Susanto, Handiwirman Saputra and Syaiful Garibaldi. Wedhar Riyadi’s gigantic sculpture once displayed at Art Jog 2017 is also here.

“The nature of our museum is still private because the infrastructure is not possible to open in general. But if there are people who want to visit, can directly contact us, “said owner Tumurun Private Museum as well as Vice President Director of PT Sri Rejeki Isman Tbk (Sritex) Iwan Kurniawan Lukminto Tumurun Private Museum presence is expected to give space appreciation of fine art in the City of Bengawan.

Iwan says one rare collection in Tumurun is Affandi’s paintings obtained in the United States. Affandi’s painting was once collected by a foreign citizen who lived in Indonesia long enough. Because the owner was gone, his son who did not understand about Affandi’s work finally decided to release.

Music And Lokananta Time Passes

Lokananta is the oldest music study in Indonesia has become an important milestone in the development of Nusantara music. Since its inception on October 29, 1956, Lokananta has two major tasks, namely the production and duplication of LPs. Following the times, the studio then produced VHS, an audio cassette, which continued to compact disks. The album from the singer Keroncong Waldjinah became the first cassette produced by Lokananta. The decade of the 1970s and 1980s was a golden era for Lokananta.

In the 1990s, Lokananta entered a dark period because of the emergence of piracy in the music industry. But the lowest point occurred when the Information Department was dissolved. After being liquidated, in 2004 Lokananta was acquired by Perum Percetakan, and officially became a branch office in Solo under the name ‘Surakarta Branch-Lokananta Printing Country Corporation’.

The first time entering the main building, a number of recording master tapes of various sizes hung on the wall. Here, visitors will be asked for IDR 25,000 entrance tickets, including merchandise in the form of stickers, key chains, booklets, and small canvas bags.

Out of this hall, visitors were then greeted by a green garden complete with a fountain. Javanese song rhythms from loudspeakers accompany along spaces exploration. The first room visited was a place to store gamelan named Kyai Sri Kuncoro Mulyo. This gamelan was made at the time of Prince Diponegoro which had existed since 1920.

The next room is a collection of machines that have been used in Lokananta. The machines were predominantly produced in the 1960s and 1990s. Next to it is a collection of old LPs produced entirely by Lokananta. The entire collection can still be played to date. Move to the next room, a recording studio located in a different building. Just like recording studios in general, this is a soundproof room. Inside are old recording devices, including music consoles that are only two in the world, one in Lokananta and one in London. Until now, Lokananta Recording Studio is still used to record music, especially from indie bands. They are still producing physical releases for their fans amidst the onslaught of digital releases.