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Bidadari (Flying Angels)

Heri Dono (Indonesian, born 1960). Bidadari (Flying Angels), 1996. Fiberglass, fabric, bamboo, acrylic paint, electronic and mechanic devices, cable and automatic timer, 39 x 24 x 10 inches (99.1 x 61 x 25.4 cm) each. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; By exchange: Gift of Mrs. George A. Forman, Edmund Hayes Fund, James G. Forsyth Fund, Elisabeth H. Gates Fund, Charles W. Goodyear and Mrs. Georgia M. G. Forman Funds, Charles Clifton and James G. Forsyth Funds and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Garo, 2015 (2015:10a-j). © 1996 Heri Dono.

© Heri Dono. Image courtesy of the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art.

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© Heri Dono. Image courtesy of the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art.

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Heri Dono. Image courtesy of the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art.

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Heri Dono. Image courtesy of the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art.

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Heri Dono

Indonesian, born 1960

Bidadari (Flying Angels), 1996

fiberglass, fabric, bamboo, acrylic paint, electronic and mechanic devices, cable, and automatic timer

each (overall): 39 x 24 x 10 inches (99.06 x 60.96 x 25.4 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

By exchange: Gift of Mrs. George A. Forman, Edmund Hayes Fund, James G. Forsyth Fund, Elisabeth H. Gates Fund, Charles W. Goodyear and Mrs. Georgia M. G. Forman Funds, Charles Clifton and James G. Forsyth Funds and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Garo, 2015

2015:10a-j

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Provenance

the artist;
purchased from the artist through Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, June 5, 2015

Class

Sculpture

Work Type

Sculpture (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Heri Dono’s Bidadari (Flying Angels) are reminiscent of the figures found in wayang golek, a puppet theater tradition native to Indonesia. The artist also cites Flash Gordon and other science fiction characters as an influence, and his handmade angels connect folk and popular culture. Dono created this work during a period of intense political repression in Indonesia, and he chose to engage with the imagery of puppetry because of its long history as a platform where otherwise taboo social and political issues may be addressed through allegory and symbolism. Here, Dono offers us a small moment of personal freedom: you may choose to activate the work—causing the bidadari to flap their wings and make noise— by stepping on one of the two floor pedals. Referencing both traditional and contemporary Indonesian culture, Bidadari (Flying Angels) also functions as a symbol of liberty and the power of the human imagination.

Label from Out of Sight! Art of the Senses, November 4, 2017–January 28, 2018

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