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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous museums and art galleries of Bali?

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Stunning, unpredictable and surprisingly enormous for a small island, Bali is really a world of unique landscapes, backdrops, flora, fauna and to say nothing of its culture. Bali has for decades been the inspiration for artists around the world, who came visiting and simply set home, never going back like Antonio Blanco and Le Mayer. Canvas to a very vibrant and happening art scene, you can trace much of Bali’s artsy past over the years to present at its museums and art galleries. Some of the popular and world-renowned museums and art galleries of Bali are:


  • ARMA Museum of Art


To view some of the best sampling of Indonesian and Balinese art, ARMA Museum of Art is the place to be. Considering that it was initiated by Bali’s foremost art entrepreneur, Agung Rai with his sharp eye for artworks, ARMA today has 250 permanent works on display. From pre-war Balinese art to double ikat weaving displays to works by Walter Spies and Raden Saleh, father of Indonesian art-you can trace the different phases of Bali art scene right to the present day. You can view traditional paintings on tree bark, works by Batuan school and the first Indonesian western style oil painting by Bangswaan Jawa. For browsing more western, contemporary works that make their way to Bali, go to the second building, right next to the main one.


Entry fee is Rp 20,000.


Address: Pengosekan

Bali

80361

Indonesia

Telephone: +62-361-975742

Official website:www.armamuseum.com


  • Don Antonio Blanco Museum


Set atop a hill in Campuan, Ubud, the museum is really the former studio and residence of Fabulous Blanco, one of contemporary and Bali’s art world pioneer. The serene place has been the setting and inspiration for much of Antonio Blanco’s artworks, concentrated as it was on the human body form, especially female. His artistic creations have been the inspiration for art connoisseurs, students, lovers and promoters alike for generations. You can see much of his coveted works out here in the grand gallery with his last work, an unfinished painting still set in the easel, undisturbed.


The entry fee is Rp 50,000.


Address: Campuhan

Ubud

Bali

80361

Indonesia

Telephone: +62-361-975502

Official website: www.blancomuseum.com


  • Museum Gunungapi Batur


In an island filled with art museums and galleries, Museum Gunungapi Batur cames as a refreshing and intriguing change, not least because of its fascinating theme-volcanoes. Its location, not far from Mount Batur, Bali’s only active volcano, provides the perfect setting to carry out its educational program on the perils as well as significance of volcanoes. Here, you will come across varied exhibits and displays, panels, interactive games computer simulations and documentary shows to take you through the incredible phenomena volcanic eruptions are and the fearful respect they draw and for due reason. Scale models replay the eruptions over the years, even as interactive computers chart the last 26,000 years of volcanic history, including the changing phases and shapes of Mount Batur. Visit the museum especially if you have kids with you.


The entry fee is Rp 10,000.


Address: Penelokan

Bali

80361

Indonesia

Telephone: +62-361-67678


  • Sika Contemporary Art Gallery


Set up in 1996, as an initiative to provide Sangarr Dewata Indonesian artists a forum to exhibit their works at a time when their creations weren’t considered marketable, Sika Contemporary Art Gallery has today become a platform for artists experimenting with innovative techniques and forging their own creative paths. Here, at any given time, exhibitions by Indonesian artists is held, interspersed with at least 3 exhibitions of artists from across the world. An ideal place to catch up on the contemporary art scene.


Address: Raya Campuhan

Ubud

Bali

80361

Indonesia

Telephone: +62-361-975727


  • Komaneka Art Gallery


Yet another place to get a glimpse of the kaleidoscope of contemporary Balinese art. Here you can catch exhibitions of artists not only from the island, but also the far flung islands of Indonesia, China and Japan. With large exhibition spaces, the gallery is gradually expanding its reach to artists from across the world.


Address: Monkey Forest

Ubud

Bali

80361

Indonesia

Telephone: +91-361-976090

Official website: gallery.komaneka.com


  • Agung Rai Fine Art Gallery


With the concept of taksu, that an artist follows his/her instinct or heart and one can feel a spiritual connection between the painting and self if it has tasku, as the guiding ideology underlying the gallery’s foundation and the works that are chosen to be exhibited here, Agung Rai Fine Art Gallery is yet another canvas Agung Rai has provided for local artists to make their mark in the contemporary art world. Featuring a number of resident Balinese artists, here you will come across abstract, traditional/classic and modern styles. Whether you are an art connoisseur or someone who simply enjoys browsing through and appreciating creative artistic expressions, the gallery is a must visit.


Address: Peliatan

Bali

80361

Indonesia

Telephone: +62-361-974562

Official website: www.agungraigallery.com


Witness a slice of artsy Bali, watch the Balinese and Indonesian artists’ inner world come alive and walking through the museum and gallery halls tangibly feel the concept of taksu take root within you-yet another quintessential Bali experience.

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