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Museum Purbakala Bali

As its name, the Archeological Museum (Museum Purbakala) serves to store a variety of objects of cultural heritage from prehistoric to historic times. These objects are all derived from conservation in Bali itself. Built on land with an area of approximately 5165 meters and is divided into three parts namely the outer, middle, and inner. 

There are at least nine hall in the courtyard outside of the museum is used for a meeting room. And in the central courtyard serves to store and display of ancient objects from the museum's contents. Various collections of historical and pre historical details at this museum are divided into two groups based on the time or where these objects came the stone age to the bronze age, and the era of history from the eighth century until the XV century AD.

Museum Pubakala Bedulu, Bali
Museum Pubakala Bedulu, Bali
About the history of the museum purbakala Bali was originated from the idea of exhibiting objects of cultural heritage is managed by the Bureau of Antiquities in 1950. The idea was first raised by the former Department of Antiquities of Bali To the Professor Dr. Rd. Soejono and Drs. Soeharto. This museum itself was officially opened by the Director General of Culture Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia in mid-September 1974.

Museum Pubakala Bedulu, Bali
Museum Pubakala Bedulu, Bali
The facilities to provide the convenience to visitors, the museum is equipped with a relatively large parking area, bathroom and toilet. The museum is very precise, especially for those who want to know the history of  civilization Bali from time to time. 

Museum Pubakala Bedulu, Bali
Museum Pubakala Bedulu, Bali
Archaeological Museum is located on Tampaksiring main road, Bedudu Village, Blahbatu District, about 3 km from Ubud. Located about 26 km from the capital Denpasar or conversion took about 40 minutes away.

Museum Puri Lukisan

When the high quality of Balinese art became worldly recognized, more and more Balinese artworks disappeared to other parts of Indonesia and foreign countries. Thus, the fear among the Balinese people, and also Rudolf Bonnet (a Dutch painter, 1895-1978), raised that the most precious art would be lost forever and would never come back to its origin.

Another need among the artists was to improve their skills without losing their own identity as Balinese artists.

The above mentioned developments were enough for Rudolf Bonnet together with Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati (the former Prince of Ubud, 1910-1978) and his brother, Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati and the famous painter to alter and shape a foundation in 1936, called "Pita Maha".

This foundation was to represent around 125 members in overseas market through exhibitions. Another activity was to organize weekly meetings with painters and woodcarvers in Ubud to discuss their works.

Following the disruptions of Second World War, a new organization, called "Ubud Painters Group", was created by artists such as I Gusti Nyoman Lempad under auspices of Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati and Rudolf Bonnet. Although it had many followers, the end came soon. Since then, a need for a museum of traditional Balinese art was felt among the artists.

First another foundation called Yayasan Ratna Wartha was established in 1953. This Yayasan Ratna Wartha was to carry out the role and uphold the ideals of "Pita Maha". In the same period plans and preparations were made to build a museum of modern Balinese art, designed by Rudolf Bonnet. With several financial support from different sources the building could start.

A foundation stone-laying ceremony was performed by the then Prime Minister Ali Sastroamidjoyo. The name of museum was "Puri Lukisan" (palace of painting), from this time Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati became director of the museum and Bonnet the curator of museum. Without any support from the then Governor Sarimin Reksodiharjo the museum could not developed as far as now.

Museum Puri Lukisan was officially opened for public by the then Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Mohammad Yamin at 31st of January, 1956.

The collection started with a donation of paintings from Rudolf Bonnet. Eventually more had to follow, which were donated by different artists themselves and friends who want to help the museum. The foundation achieved in purchasing some art pieces for the collection. Thanks to the cultural agreement the Dutch government supported the return of Bonnet in 1975, who was summoned to leave Bali in 1956, to complete the building of the museum.

Museum Puri Lukisan shows with its collection (painting and woodcarvings) the important developments of Balinese arts which is unique and priceless. Nowadays within the rapid changes in the art world the museum is active in organizing exhibitions of local artists.

In this year, when both Rudolf Bonnet and Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati died, a great ceremony was held to honor them. Their memory lives on in the creation of Yayasan Ratna Wartha and Museum Puri Lukisan, an unforgettable contribution to the arts, for the benefit of both local and global community

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Antonio Blanco Museum

Blanco, arguably the most famous and successful artist to ever live in Bali, built his magnificent studio on top of a mountain overlooking the Campuan River. This flamboyant building, a unique blend of Balinese architecture imbued with the spirit of his native Spain, houses an interesting collection of works drawn from different periods of his long career. 

During his life it was visited daily by hundreds of people from all over the world. The artist, full of "Catalan charisma," earned himself the sobriquet "The Fabulous Blanco," an expression that mirrored his talent for creativity

Don Antonio Blanco
Antonio Blanco
Antonio Blanco was born on September 15, 1911, in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Both of his parents were Spanish, a fact that Blanco believed linked him geographically and spiritually to Miro and Salvador Dali. His father settled in Manila during the Spanish - American War, where he attained prominence as a physician. Blanco was educated at the American Central School in Manila. During his high school years he loved the arts, literature and language classes but struggled in scientific subjects. It is no wonder that he spoke six languages - Spanish, French, English, Tagalog, Indonesian and a bit of Balinese. After completing high school in Manila, Blanco studied at the National Academy of Art in New York under Sidney Dickinson. During those early formative years, Blanco concentrated on the human form, fascinated by the female body more than any other subject matter. To further his studies and ignite his traveling spirit, he traveled extensively throughout the world before he finally landed in Bali in 1952.The King of Ubud gave Blanco a piece of land to set up his home and studio in Campuan, Ubud, at the confluence of two sacred rivers. Blanco and his Balinese wife, the celebrated dancer Ni Ronji, lived in their mountain retreat, barely leaving it for the world outside. Following a brief trip to the United States, where Blanco acquired many new collectors, the couple never left their fantasy home again.

Living in serene surroundings with his four children, Tjempaka, Mario, Orchid and Maha Devi, Bali became Blanco's center. He was fascinated by the island and completely captivated by its charm.

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Blanco lived and worked in his magical hilltop home until his death in 1999, feverishly creating his fantasy portraits of beautiful women. Surrounded by lush gardens, rice fields and with a Banyan tree standing over his family's temple, Antonio Blanco proceeded to create a new reality for himself. His artistic outpourings of this isolated world became much sought after by eager art lovers, collectors and promoters. Within a few years, Blanco became the most famous foreign artist to make Bali his home. He was recognized in both Indonesia and abroad, receiving numerous Blanco Awards and commanding huge prizes at international auctions.

By the end of his life, Blanco had begun building his museum at his studio in Campuan. Dramatically, he died just before its inauguration. His funeral was marked by a very important Blanco Cremation in Ubud. It was Blanco's dream to turn his studio-mansion into a museum. His son, Mario, fulfilled this dream by following his path to become a painter. The Blanco Renaissance Museum is now open to the public, exposing both the maestro's and Mario's art works..

To learn more about Antonio Blanco, purchase the book "Fabulous Blanco"

Antonio Blanco
Antonio Blanco

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Agung Rai Museum of Art

As one who has lived in and been involved with the world of art, particularly the art of painting, my love for that world has grown daily. My interest and dedication increased dramatically after seeing the collections of two museums in Bali, the Puri Lukisan Museum and the Neka Museum. The identity and individuality of each of these museums is truly reflected by their unique settings and distinctive collections.

Arma Museum

Through the good fortune I experienced in the world of art, I have had the opportunity to collect paintings that I feel are complementary to and congruent with the collections in the two museums mentioned above. I began collecting paintings seriously in 1980, and the works I sought were those that were an expression of the depth of the artist's sensitivity -- paintings which moved me, and to which I felt a spiritual connection.

The collection includes the works not only of Balinese artists, but also of Indonesian painters from islands other than Bali, such as Affandi, Sudjono, Hendra Gunawan, Srihadi Soedarsono, Abas Alibasyah and others. There are also works by foreign artists who drew inspiration from the natural beauty and culture of Bali. Included are paintings by Rudolph Bonnet, Arie Smit, Le Mayeur de Merpres, Wilem Hofker, Antonio Blanco, Theo Meier, Donald Friend, Hans Snel and others.

I have always been greatly impressed by the paintings of Walter Spies and Raden Saleh and they have been placed in a special collection.
The collected paintings are now in a museum that has been given the name Museum Seni Agung Rai / Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA).
The Museum is to be managed by the ARMA Foundation, to sustain its continuity. One of the main goals of the foundation is to preserve and promote the arts and culture, not only of Bali, but of all Indonesia.

In fact what has been accomplished to date is only a beginning. Nonetheless I hope that the establishment of ARMA will contribute to the treasuring of the arts in the Ubud, Gianyar area, which is the center of artistic life in Bali.
Finally I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the founders and the board of the ARMA Foundation, to give thanks and express immense appreciation to the government officials, the artists, and all of the others who have assisted us in the establishment of this museum. Of course, praise and prayers of thanks to almighty God, Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, as it only through God's grace that what we envisioned has been realized today.

-- Ubud, June 9, 1996
Chairman of the ARMA Foundation
Agung Rai
Agung Rai

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Museum Rudana

A Museum With A Comprehensive Paradigm

Rudana Museum is a museum that was conceptualized, built and developed with a comprehensive paradigm. By occupying the building that was specially designed as a museum, Museum Rudana incorporates the sacred philosophy (holy), where each building in this Museum carries symbols of human devotion to God the mighty Creator.

Museum Rudana

The concept of Museum Rudana as a sacred spatial structure was created by its Founder, Museum Rudana. Nyoman Rudana. With the concept of Tri Hita Karana, he envisioned a building that combines spatial, environment: internal and external covering surrounding residents, which includes everything on the spatial structure: human, management , staff, the museum's collection and all the factors that support the solid foundation of Museum Rudana.

Putu Supadma Rudana
Museum address : Jalan Raya Mas, Ubud - Gianyar
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Neka Art Museum

The Neka Art Museum collection is displayed in several buildings patterned after Balinese architecture. The main structures are for the permanent display of the government registered collection. Another building is used for temporary exhibitions. 

The Neka Art Museum has achieved high standards as a museum of international standing. By July of 1997 it covered an area of 9150 square meters, with 2580 square meters of floor space. The buildings are well maintained and the artworks are displayed and organized historically. The collection continues to grow over the years with over three - hundred pieces.

Raya Campuhan St.
Kedewatan Village, Ubud
Gianyar 80571
Map of Neka
Map of Neka
Neka Art Museum Ubud Bali, is more than just collection of fine art inspired by natural beauty, people, and culture of Bali.

The Neka Art Museum was opened in 1982 and is named after a Balinese teacher Suteja Neka who collected paintings as a means of artistic documentation. Nowadays the museum has a great selection of works from many famous Balinese artists and expats who have lived here and influenced local artists.

Suteja Neka
Suteja Neka

Monday-Saturday: 9 A.M.- 5 P.M.
Sunday: NOON - 5 P.M.
Closed: Nation Holiday

Admission Fees for the Permanent Collection
Rp. 50.000 Adults and Free for children 12 and under

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Museum of Bali

Museum of Bali is one of the old buildings that are still intact to this day in Bali. It is in the center of Denpasar, exactly in the east Puputan Badung Square, adjacent to the Pura Agung Jagat Natha. 

The building extends from north to south is divided into two parts. The northern part is a complex of old buildings planned and built in 1910. So who like history during a holiday in Bali, you can visit Museum of Bali located in Denpasar, easily accessed by vehicles such as cars, motorcycles or minibus.

Museum of Bali
Museum of Bali

Bali Museum is a museum of relics past human storage and ethnography. The physical structure of the building is a combination of a physical structure or a palace, and a lot of the collection consists of ethnographic objects such as tool and equipment life, arts, religion, language and other writings that reflect the life and development of the culture of Bali.

Building on the Bali museum is based on the concept of Tri Mandala; nista mandala(the outside), madya mandala (the outside before entering the core), and utama mandala (the core).
At the core (utama mandala) there are buildings that consists of three buildings, namely:

Tabanan Building, Pavilion typical architecture of Tabanan, saved antiquities, such as objects of art, accessories, housewares, appliances ceremony, and an assortment of traditional weapons.

Tabanan Style building
Tabanan Style

Buleleng Building, North Bali-style architecture building tools stored household items, craft tools, agricultural tools and fishing, entertainment appliances, primitive sculptures from clay, stone, and more.

Buleleng Style Building
Buleleng Style

Karangasem Building, East Bali style architecture building stored prehistoric objects, objects of archeology, ethnography, art as well as some modern paintings.

Karangasem style building
Karangasem Style

Open: Sunday - Thursday from 8:00 am to 03:00 pm and Friday from 08:00 am to 12:30 pm
Address : Jalan Mayor Wisnu, Denpasar, Phone: (0361) 222 680 / 235059