Lives in Ballina, Australia
Since Jun 2007
50-64 year old female
From 1985 - 1992 I lived and worked in Jakarta, Singapore and Bali. From 1992 - 2000 I lived in Jakarta and then Probolinggo in Java. I have been back living in Australia since 2000 and have holidays to Bali and meet up with family twice a year.
Art Museums, Lessons & Workshops, Performances
This fascinating museum is located around 10-minutes drive from Ubud, and set within 1.4 hectares of beautifully-maintained tropical gardens. It houses over 4,800 puppets and 1,200 masks collected from across the Indonesian archipelago, other Asian countries, as well as a few from places further afield. The exhibits are beautifully displayed behind glass in old traditional joglos from Java, and in Balinese structures known as wantilan.
This beautiful library in the north of Bali is home to the thousands of old Balinese manuscripts, which were inscribed onto palm leaves known as lontar. These historical works are records of an ancient Bali dating back to the 13th century, and cover a variety of categories — from genealogy and religion, to astronomy and folklore. It is the only museum dedicated to lontar manuscripts in the world and well worth a visit!
This museum houses many beautiful artworks, including paintings and wood carvings, both traditional and modern. Its exhibits are displayed in three spacious buildings which are connected by walkways that wind through a lovely serene garden, complete with lotus ponds and statues.
Museum Kain is a privately-owned museum, situated within Beachwalk Shopping Mall in Kuta. Dedicated to textiles, it was established to preserve the old ways of cloth production and weaving, and showcases 60 pieces of priceless batik from the owner's personal collection.
This is the largest and oldest museum in Bali, built to preserve Balinese cultural objects that were in danger of extinction. Today it houses nearly 14,000 items, which are showcased in a traditionally-styled outside area, courtyard, and central area. It's an interesting spot to visit for the culturally-curious, but can also be a little frustrating due to the crowd of pushy guides here, who will do their best to insist you hire them for a tour. Stand strong and your efforts will be worth it!
ARMA (as it is commonly known) is a gallery and performing arts space, which houses paintings collected by Anak Agung Gde Rai — a local Balinese man who started out selling souvenirs to tourists! Here, you will find many fine examples of works by notable Balinese, Indonesian, and international painters, including Walter Spiers, Raden Saleh, and Affandi. Plus, the beauty of the tropical gardens and fountains surrounding the museum are well worth the visit alone!
Don Antonio Blanco was probably the most famous artist ever to reside in Bali. In this museum that he created you can visit the studio where he once painted and where his son Mario now paints. Take a leisurely stroll around the gallery and appreciate the variety of masterpieces on display here.
This small but interesting museum is the former home of artist Adrien-Jean Mayeur, and his lovely wife Ni Pollok. Ni was the subject of many of Adrien-Jean's paintings and you can see many examples of them on display in this museum. While it is sad that some of the artwork is deteriorating due to lack of proper preservation (and powerful air conditioning), this is all the more reason to go and see them while you still can!
Founded by Balinese teacher, Seteja Neka, this museum houses over 400 pieces of art; from traditional to contemporary, to the wayung style of painting, based on shadow puppetry. Explore the variety of bronze statues and wood carvings on display here, plus a very interesting exhibit of black and white photographs taken of Bali in the 30s/40s. The works of respected artists Arie Smit and Gusti Nyoman Lempad are also well represented.