ART:1 formerly known as Mon Decor Gallery (est. 1983) is the pioneer in art gallery business in Jakarta. During its 30 years in art business, Mon Decor Gallery had expanded into several gallery branches all over Jakarta. Many of Mon Décor Gallery reputable collections include Indonesian Old Masters, Indo Euro, Modern masters, and Indonesian contemporary collections.
Over the years, Mon Decor Gallery has been collecting vast numbers of artworks. Mon Decor Gallery acting as executive member of Association of Galleries together with 17 art galleries assisted in the conception of Jakarta Art District in Grand Indonesia and recognized as The Best Gallery Of The Year Award 2010. Mon Decor Gallery has numerous achievements such as Favorite Art Gallery in Amica Indonesia Award and Purwakalaghra Museum Award for Best Facility.
In 2011 Mon Decor Gallery reinvented its initial fine art gallery concept and expanded into private museum, art space and art institute to support art infrastructure in Indonesia and to showcase Mon Décor Gallery’s thirty years long collections. This shift was accompanied with a relocation into a bigger, more equipped exhibition space in Kemayoran called Art:1. The spacious 4,000sqm building offers products and services dedicated to art, art developments and activities for Indonesian art students, art audience and art market.
Art: 1 New Museum showcases collections of original artworks by Indonesian old masters, modern masters and contemporary artists and offers service to art restoration, conservation and appraisal. Art Space:1 arranges art exhibitions by emerging contemporary artists whose works are highly commendable in the market and ideal for collection. Art:1 Institute is committed to holding semi-formal educational programs which include art seminars, discussion, workshop and art appreciation. Today, Mon Décor Gallery presents exclusive merchandise to the public, custom framing and art consulting.
Martha Gunawan is the founder and owner of Art 1 gallery, formerly known as Mon Décor Gallery since 1983. In her thirty years of her career, Martha works hard alongside the young Indonesian artists to nurture their talents and finding new seeds as a customary gallery owner should do.
A graduate of Architecture from Tarumanegara university, Martha finds her calling just as she was working on an interior design for her house. She was surprised to learn the high value that a work of art has when placing them as a décor. Afterwards, she decided to open her first gallery to popularize the art mainstream straight to the public. Her efforts were not in vain. The gallery is the first gallery in Indonesia that are pointed as the poster art to the masses.