Let’s Go to Puppet Museum…

Wayang Puppet Museum Borobudur Boediardjo Magelang IndonesiaCOLLECTING hundreds of old wayang (puppets, Indonesia) from Yogyakarta, Surakarta, Kedu, Sundanese, East Java, Bali to Japanese and Cantonese (Chinese) puppets. There are puppets made out of stone and suket (grass, Javanese). Puppet stories recorded in 83 tapes and 59 video cassettes. Equipped with a library of 694 titles of books about puppets, in various languages. To hold puppet show once a month, presenting famous and local puppeteers.

By SAHRUDIN, MagelangImages

There are not many museums in Indonesia that specifically collect puppets. Some cultural observers even to make sure, there are only four museums in this country that really qualify to be called a puppet museum.

These are Puppet Museum in Jakarta, Yogyakarta’s Kekayon Museum, Indonesia Puppet Museum of Wonogiri (Central Java), and Haji Boediardjo Puppet Museum which is located at Sasana Guna Rasa in Pondok Tingal Hotel, Borobudur Subdistrict of Magelang Regency.

Haji Boediardjo Puppet Museum even considered as the “perfect” museum with its library, and its regular puppet show. Once a month, in Saturday night of the 4th week, there are puppet show in the Gandok Saraswati or the Savitri Audience Hall. The show in June 2011 was the 177th.

The event usually starts at 20:00 PM until midnight. It is considered as an effort to embrace the stakeholder communities in the field of puppetry and culture to participate in enlivening the museum.

“Almost all fame puppeteers in Indonesia had performed show here,” Eko Sunyoto said. Eko is a traditional artist, and every day he works taking care of Haji Boedihardjo Puppet Museum.

Eko mentioned names of mainstream puppeteers like Ki Mantep Sudarsono, Ki Enthus Susmono, Ki Purbo Asmoro as well as a number of senior puppeteers like Ki Anom Suroto and Ki Hadi Sugito. Not only that, local puppeteers were also being presented to provide more space for their art.

“Ki Slamet Gundono made a show here in late May 2007. He played grass puppet, 30 minutes only but it was a great show. Audiences amazed. His wife also actually came to play. Lively atmosphere,” Eko explained.

Ki Slamet Gundono as Eko told, to be known as “rebel puppeteer” due to his way when to perform puppet show. He is rebellious to rule in puppetry tradition. He created some forms and types of puppets that are strange and weird according to most puppetters. When each puppetteer dressing traditional Javanese in his show, Ki Slamet Gundono often performed with female dress complete with make-up to look like a transvestite.

Haji Boediardjo Puppet Museum and Library was inaugurated by his wife Hajjah Sri Redjeki Boediardjo, right on Heroes Day in November 10 2001.

From guest books in the museum, written that the number of visitors carrying one thousand dan a little more people since it was inaugurated. From total visitors, nearly half came from abroad. Most foreign visitors came from Japan and several European countries.

“There are tourists, photographers and humanists,” Yuliza Hariyani, Eko’s wife, said. Yuliza’s a janitor of the museum. Arbain Rambey, Indonesia’s senior journalism-photographer signed the guestbook on May 21 2004.

Visitors are free of charge here. But visitors who want to donate, they can put money into a box placed near the entrance.

The museum collects Kedu puppets which are expected to be made in 1800s. Other Javanese leather puppets available at Haji Boediardjo Puppet Museum include Yogyakarta’s Purwa, Yogyakarta’s Lawas, Yogyakarta’s Putihan, Surakarta and Surakarta’s Putihan, Kidang Kencanan Leather Puppet, Sadet, Putihan Digapiti, Kedu Putihan and many more. It is too complicated to explain the meaning of every puppet type.

From the outside of Central Java and Yogyakarta, the Wayang Golek (rod puppet) from Sundanese are also become the museum’s collection, as well as puppets from East Java and Bali. There are also old puppets made of stone, as well as Japanese and Chinese puppets.

“Hundreds of puppets here. In addition to leather puppets, there are also dozens of masks from Bali, Yogyakarta, Malang, Surakarta until Cirebon masks,” Eko said.

To prevent appearance of mildew and moths, puppets are treated with aeration every certain period of time, and being given silica gell. Ventilation is pretty good at the museum building, and adequate natural lighting.

Other collections at Haji Boediardjo Puppet Museum is 83 tapes and 59 videotapes containing recorded performances several types of puppets. Puppet in the form of cassette recorded between 1971 and 1994, while video cassettes produced since the early 1980s until the mid-1990s.

A room used as a library with collections of 694 titles books in various languages about the puppet. [magelang.images@yahoo.com]

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