photo: Patar Pribadi

Situated on a 5500 m² family inherited land in Depok, Indonesia, Rumah Tangga is the home of Kurt Peterson and Ella Wijt. In Indonesian language, Rumah Tangga translates literally as a house of ladders/stairs, but the term is also used to refer to a household. While it is our home first, Rumah Tangga is also an artist-run, idea-centered art space, museum, and library.

As a structure, Rumah Tangga is an experimental and collaborative project with Jakarta architect, Eki Yousha. The home’s design was first born out of conversations between Eki and Ella, through which he learned about our vision of art and life. The resulting drafts of the home depict the space as a work of art in itself while opening a canvas for further artistic elaboration. Over the last two years we have had the privilege of watching it all come to life.

the very beginning of building, June 2017

As residency and idea space, we are open to creative practitioners of all kinds who wish to generate works which respond to the heart of the land, the home, the collection and neighborhood. Selected artists may work here over a period of months, or days, or a single afternoon’s workshop, depending on their intention. Whatever the work, our role is to serve as caretakers of this land and home, its people, projects, and ideas…


curate (n.)
from Medieval Latin curatus "one responsible for the care
(of souls)," from Latin curatus, past participle of curare 
"to take care of" (see cure (v.)). 

curator (n.)
From early 15c. in reference to those put in charge of minors, 
lunatics, etc.; meaning "officer in charge of a
museum, library, etc." is from 1660s.


Finally, as a museum and library, Rumah Tangga is home to an assemblage of items including simple toys, drawings, paintings, photographs, books, sound recordings, sculpture, and cultural objects. The collection freely combines old, new, traditional, handmade, and fabricated items alongside one another. Through an open arrangement process, we highlight the various items’ origins and potential as mythological objects of the sort which continue to live and breathe, generating stories which may be told and retold according to each visitor’s experience.

Kurt and Ella discuss their outlook for creating Rumah Tangga and maintaining its programs in an interview with Liza Marcus for ISA Gallery and Tatler Indonesia, October 2020.