Based in Jakarta, Nadi Gallery is an art gallery founded by Biantoro Santoso, a young collector of Indonesian art. His devotion for art and his desire to take part in promoting contemporary art in Indonesia have led to the existence of this gallery.
Nadi Gallery was officially opened on the 15th of September 2000, marked by the opening of an exhibition showing the paintings of Heri Dono, a celebrated artist.
The Indonesian word nadi means "aorta", "artery", "vein" that evokes the idea of signaling pulsation. Without pulsation, the aorta soon looses its significance for life. As the name indicates, the Gallery's principal programs of exhibitions have been aspiring to present the pulses of recent developments in contemporary art in Indonesia.
All the exhibitions held by and at the Gallery are designed in cooperation with guest or independent curators. Exhibitions are scheduled to take place at least six times a year. Those exhibitions are intended to present works by Indonesian artists as well as artists from other parts of the world with highly qualified, unique and innovative achievements.
While adopting strategic approaches to enhance appreciation of art, exhibitions at Nadi Gallery also give careful consideration to the commercial aspect of the works presented. Therefore, in addition to promoting artistic development and offering to artists a space to show their qualified works, the Gallery also invites collectors for the enjoyment and purchase.
Of no less importance is the Gallery's attempt to play its role in facilitating programs that involve discussions and exchanges with and among artists, art critics, curators, and collectors while helping with workshops, book publishing, and designing projects related to various possibilities in the field of art.
Nadi Gallery is always open for dialogues and collaboration with various parties, both individuals and institutions of whatever backgrounds.
In line with that, Nadi Gallery intends to position itself as a significant "pulsation" amid the currents of the pluralist artistic expressions in Indonesia.