Affandi Museum, Yogyakarta – On the bank of the Gajah Wong River in Yogyakarta, a museum belongs to the world figures of modern painters collects around 300 paintings by the maestro.   


Affandi (1907–1990) is one of the world figures of modern painters in Indonesia that adheres to the pure expressionism. He was perhaps Southeast Asia’s foremost expressionist painter of the mid-20th century. His works has been exhibited worldwide such as United States, London, Paris, Rome, Rio de Janeiro and The Hague.

On the bank of the Gajah Wong River in Yogyakarta, Affandi designed and constructed a home for himself, which also functions as a museum to display his paintings. The museum has around 300 paintings and three reproduction of statue depicting self portrait of Affandi are kept as Affandi Museum’s collection, and from time to time, those paintings and statues are exhibited at the museum.

Affandi Museum (photo by Iszati)

The building is uniquely constructed, with a roof that resembles a banana leaf. Affandi once said that he was struck with the idea for its architecture one day during a rainstorm. He had been walking in the surroundings hills, and took shelter under a huge tree with large leaves. The roof of Affandi’s house is shaped like a leaf from this tree, and the high single room sits elevated on structures that resemble two tree trunks. Additional support is provided by the tree trunks richly carved by the famous Balinese sculptor, Nyoman Tjokot.

The complex of the museum consists of 3 galleries with gallery I as the entrance point of the museum. Gallery I that was personally opened by Affandi in 1962 and inaugurated in 1974 contains some of his paintings from the early time of his work to the late time of his life. The paintings here are mostly sketches and reproductions.

Affandi Museum (photo by

Entering Gallery II, you will see paintings by different painters, both junior and senior ones. The gallery that was inaugurated in 1988 consists of two floors with paint works that you can see from different angles. The first floor is full of abstract paintings and the second floor contains of realist-style paintings.

Gallery III is the building which its roof resembles banana leaf. The three-stories floor is a multifunction gallery, the first floor as an exhibition room as well as the location of “Gajah Wong Gallery” dedicated to children who want do develop their painting skill, the second floor as paintings treatment and restoration room, and the underground is utilized to keep the painting collections.

Before leaving the museum, take a little time to visit the tomb of the maestro who passed away on 23 May 1990. The tomb lays between Gallery I and II. The eternal home of Affandi’s lays beside his wife’s eternal home.

Museum Affandi (photo by