• © Courtesy of wenyau and Asia Art Archive
  • © Setu Legi
  • © Setu Legi
  • Melati Suryodarmo © Hari Hartantio

Performance Klub



21 10 '17 > 18 02 '18

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B-9000 Gent


T +32 (0)9 240 76 01

Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday
09:30 - 17:30
(Last admission at 17:00)

Weekend & school holidays
10:00 - 18:00
(Last admission at 17:30)

Closed on Monday,
24 > 26 12 '17 &
01 > 02 01 '18


12,00 €

Groups (max. 15 people)
Seniors 65+
Residents of Ghent

09,00 €

Youth 19-25 years
2,00 €

Youth -18 years
People with impairments + assistant
Friends of the S.M.A.K.

Free entrance

Guided tours

Max. 20 people
in NL / FR / EN / DE

75,00 €

School groups
65,00 €

On demand

T: +32 (0)9 210 10 75


EUROPALIA, S.M.A.K., Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia

Curators Alia Swastika, Philippe Van Cauteren & Ann Hoste

During the military regime of General Suharto (1967 – 1998), Indonesian artists used the street, their bodies and experimental actions to convey their political messages. Performance art became the artistic-activist action par excellence: it could take place anywhere, required limited means and was linked to neither a medium nor time. After democratisation, artists continued to use performance to demonstrate how contemporary art breaks with colonial power structures and to explore new social and artistic realities. Indonesia still has a prolific performance art scene. Deeply aware of its culture and traditions, this scene engages with contemporary life and tackles themes such as global politics, the growth of technology and ecological vulnerability. 

In Performance Klub, a reference to the first group initiative by Indonesian performance artists, S.M.A.K. brings together several artists from different generations. The museum invites pioneers such as Arahmaini and Iwan Wijono, internationally renowned performers like Melati Suryodarmo, and associations of young emerging artists such as 69 Performance Club and Padiak, who use performance as a platform for research and experiences. The programme presents both existing works and new creations in a space that evolves over time. 

For the occasion, artist Setu Legi has created a mural to frame the contributions of performers.