Culture Talk: Indonesian architect Setiadi Sopandi on Friedrich Silaban

On Thursday 11 October the Bogor-based architect Setiadi Sopandi will discuss the life and work of well-known Indonesian modern architect Friedrich Silaban.

11 oktober 2018

Original drawing of the Istiqlal Masjid by Friedrich Silaban (source: Setiadi Sopandi)

In his Culture Talk, Setiadi Sopandi will briefly elaborate the career of Friedrich Silaban, probably the most illustrious modern Indonesian architect, whose career spanned along the late colonial period, peaked during early independence era until the late 1970s. This includes exploring Silaban’s most known works – the Istiqlal Mosque, the un-built National Monument, and the Bank Indonesia building – and his involvements in many urban architectural developments in Jakarta, through his close relationship with Soekarno, Indonesia’s first president. 

Setiadi Sopandi is a professional architect, lecturer, and architectural historian. He is born, raised, living, and practicing architecture in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, but frequently teaches in Universitas Pelita Harapan in Karawaci. Between his routine designing architecture, Setiadi is actively involved in research, archiving, and writing things about architecture, especially on architects and architectural works in the 20th century Indonesia. Setiadi is the author of “Friedrich Silaban” (Gramedia, 2017), an extended biography of the most prominent Indonesian modern architect in the early independent Indonesia. Apart from writing, he curated (and researched) several exhibitions, such as the Indonesia Pavilion in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, “Tropicality: Revisited” in Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt (2015), and the “Friedrich Silaban, 1912-1984” exhibition in National Gallery of Indonesia, 2017.

This event is made possible by Residensi Penulis Indonesia, Komite Buku Nasional Indonesia and DutchCulture.

Practical information
Date: Thursday 11 October 2018
Time: 15:30 to 17:00 hrs (doors open at 15:00 hrs, afterwards networking opportunity until 18:00 hrs)
Location: DutchCulture, Herengracht 474 in Amsterdam
Language: English
Admission: free, for registration please send an email to Remco Vermeulen

Please note there is limited seating available at this talk.