IMF’s Event for the Preservation of Indonesian Mask Art

The Indonesia Mask Festival (IMF) which was held at the Ullen Sentalu Museum, Saturday, July 6, 2019, was an event organized by the management of the Ullen Sentalu museum in Yogyakarta, the Panji Mask Museum (Malang) and artists / cultural figures. That is one way to preserve mask art as a cultural heritage which is one of the national identities.

The IMF in Indonesia is implemented in several cities, namely Yogyakarta, Surakarta and Malang. The IMF is also one way for this art work to be recognized by the world as a world heritage. Similarly, as stated by Daniel Haryono as Director of Ullen Sentalu Museum.

Ullen Sentalu Museum which is the place for organizing the IMF in 2019 in addition to organizing the Mask Exhibition also organizes mask art performances. There are many masks on display at Ullen Sentalu, some of which come from various tribes in Indonesia, such as Asmat, Comoros, Dayak, Belu, Lombok, Sepik, and others. The masks from various tribes provide information about the various masks in the archipelago, complete with their functions or uses. Whether it’s for profane or sacred uses.

The performing arts of the masks displayed at the Ullen Sentalu Museum on this occasion are the Gedrug Dance, Klana Sembunglangu Dance, Opera Dyah Kayungyun, and the Srimpen Mask Mask Kusumajati Pitaloka Dance.

The Gedrug dance, which is danced by four children by wearing a buto (giant) mask and using krincing on the calf, is interpreted as a manifestation of a sinister demon. Initially this mask was made by a master who was not allowed to make mistakes in the process of making his mask because of its function for rituals, but in its development all of it was used for cultural performances.

Klana Sembunglangu dance, in principle, shows Klana Sewandana who fell in love with Galuh Candra Kirana so that she unconsciously “loved” Sembunglangu (her abdomen). Opera Dyah Kayungyun depicts the story of Panji from the point of departure of a woman who in her love never met the ideal man to be described as the sun and moon staring at one another but never meeting. Srimpen Mask Mask Kusumajati Pitaloka dance depicts a copy of Srimpi Dance depicting the struggle of Dyah Pitaloka in defending her kingdom, the Kingdom of Pajajaran.

The IMF was first held in Surakarta Vastenburg Fortress in 2014. For 2019, the IMF was held from July 4-9, 2019, carrying the concept of mask art performance and mask craft exhibition. There is also the 2019 IMF theme is Soul of the Mask. This theme refers to the understanding that the mask becomes one of the expressions of the human soul. The mask can describe various expressions, feelings, and also human ideas. The mask is also an artifact that has been known to humans since prehistoric times.

The mask also has practical, expressive, aesthetic values, and can also be used for religious or magical needs. Masks in prehistoric times are generally used for ritual purposes. In the later masks are also widely used for the sake of aesthetic expression for a performance art. Masks can be made from wood, bark, cloth, gibsum, clay, leather, metal, and so on.

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