Mochtar Apin

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Mochtar Apin (1923–1994) was an Indonesian painter.

He was co-founder of the Gelanggang Seniman Muda (Arena of Independent Artists) movement in Jarkarta in 1946 and a member of the Bandung School. Alongside other painters, intellectuals and poets, he advocated a universalist ideal for culture, advocating the creation of art concerns that could communicate to people of all backgrounds. Mochtar was well travelled and for seven years of his life, from 1951 to 1959, he took the initiative to journey around Europe looking at art and visiting museums. With such knowledge, Mochtar was well equipped to debate on the role of art in Indonesia.

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