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Christian Art In Indonesia

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This chapter describes some expressions of Christian art in the twentieth century, most strongly under influence of the relative freedom of expression as was proposed by the second Vatican Council and by the global trend towards a contextual theology as promoted by international Protestantism within the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA). The Japanese occupation and the struggle for independence were not the best periods for the development of an outspoken and forthrightly independent expression of Christian art. From the beginning of the development of Indonesian Christian art it was lay people who were active in the arts, although often at the instigation of the clergy. Both Nyoman Darsane and Bagong Kussudiardja show a clear tendency to move away from the inculturation mode of Christian art in Indonesia to a more hybridized local-and-international style.

Keywords: Bagong Kussudiardja; Christian art; Indonesia; Japan; Nyoman Darsane; second Vatican Council



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