Ubud Agung Rai Museum (Arma)

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Ubud Agung Rai Museum (Arma)

Sprawling all over six hectares, the Museum Agung Rai was built based on the concept of a “living museum”. It displays paintings and holds stage presentations for various art forms; and is a place for karawitan. It comes complete with an arts library and book gallery, hotel, restaurant, cafe, and coffee shop. One of the museums main specialty is its terrific views of Ubud, with rice fields and trenches integrated into part of the museum.

Ubud, Agung Rai Museum, Arma, Agung Rai, hofker

Ubud, Agung Rai Museum, Arma, Agung Rai,lempad

Ubud, Agung Rai Museum, Arma, Agung Rai

Ubud, Agung Rai Museum, Arma, Agung Rai

Don Antonio Blanco hailed from Catalonia is Spain, born on September 15, 1911 in the Ermita district of Manila. 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. No wonder he spoke six languages – Spanish, French, English, Tagalog, Indonesian and a bit of Balinese.

antonio blanco baliAfter completing high school in Manila, Blanco studied at the National Academy of Art in New York under Sidney Dickinson. Even during those early formative years, Blanco concentrated on the human form, fascinated by the female body more than any other subject matter. After finishing his study in New York, he travelled extensively throughout the world to further his studies and ignite his vagabond spirit. Finally he landed in Bali in 1952. Later the King of Ubud granted him 2 hectares of land on the spot where 2 streams come together creating the Campuhan River.

After marrying a famous Balinese dancer, Ni Ronji, the Maestro lived in Bali with his 4 children,
Tjempaka, Mario, Orchid and Maha Devi. The family home is a palatial hilltop house with a thatched bamboo roof, stone carvings, gilded statues and lush gardens. After a brief trip to the United States where Blanco secured many new collectors, the couple didn?t leave their fantasy home at all.

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

By the end of his life, Blanco was building his museum at his studio in Campuhan. Dramatically he
died just before its inauguration. His funeral was marked by a very important 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, performing both the maestro?s and Mario?s artworks.

The Museum
The Blanco museum is a place where you can savor Balinese life in motion, with a visit to the family temple or stroll through the gardens. Everywhere there are touches of Antonio Blanco?s life. The artist?s studio remains undisturbed, the unfinished painting still on the sunken easel. Women wander through the yard, in traditional Balinese dress carrying offerings. The visitor can see the delicate flower and palm leaf offerings being made in the courtyard. The Blanco family provides a personal tour of the museum and grounds. There are several lithographs and book about Antonio Blanco on sale at the museum. The grounds of the museum include the art museum itself, Blanco?s original studio, Mario Blanco?s studio, a gallery, bird park, family house, restaurant, amphitheater, family temple and gift shop. Antonio Blanco certainly had a sense of humor and that is evident in his subject matter and style. His art may not be as influential as Walter Spies or Arie Smit, but his is the grandest exhibition.

The Blanco Renaissance Museum
Jl. Raya Campuhan
(0361) 975502

Ubud, Mario Blanco Museum, Mario Blanco

Ubud, Mario Blanco Museum, Mario Blanco

Ubud, Mario Blanco Museum, Mario Blanco

Ubud, Mario Blanco Museum, Mario Blanco

Ubud, Mario Blanco Museum, Mario Blanco

Ubud Neka Museum

Located in Sanggingan, north of Ubud, the Neka museum will take around 90 minutes from Kuta to get to. The museum contains examples of paintings from all the periods in Balinese art, including Wayang, Transitional, Ubud Style, Batuan style and also the artwork by famous expats, such as Arie Smit and Walter Spies.

The Neka museum is worth visiting and you can get a good idea of Balinese art history in a couple of hours. After your art watching has finished, hop across the road for a cold Bintang at Naughty Nuri?s.
The Neka Art Museum is managed by the Yayasan Dharma Seni (Art Devotion Foundation).

[email protected]
Tel: (0361) 975074
Fax: (0361) 975639

Open daily from 9am – 5pm

Ubud, Neka Museum, han snel

Ubud, Neka Museum, arie smit

Ubud Puri Lukisan Museum

Museum Puri Lukisan or Palace of Painting Museum is situated strategically in the heart of Ubud at the north end of Ubud main street (Jalan Raya Ubud), 30 km from Denpasar and 40 km from the airport. The museum lies in a serene garden, under the shade of trees.

This museum houses the island?s finest selections of modern paintings, drawing and sculptures. The museum was founded in 1956 by Cokorda Gede Agung Sukawati, the king of Ubud and a patron of art and Rudolph Bonnet, a Dutchman who devoted much of his life studying and preserving the unique Balinese painting. The museum was established to develop and set standards for local art, to educate and stimulate young artist, and to record for posterity un-vulgarized Balinese art before the tourist industry finished it off for good. Its establishment was first deliberate attempt to separate the arts from communal life.

During the frenzied activity of the 1930s, young painters broke away from the traditional formalistic paintings of mythological scenes and Hindu epic stories. It was in Ubud where Balinese artist first started painting village scenes, markets, funerals, and landscapes. Some artists even incorporated motorcycles and radios in scenes along jungle paths. The old style was combined with new realism, discarding many rigid rules, and setting natural figures against natural backgrounds. This naturalism is exemplified in the works in this museum.

The Museum consists of three large building set in exquisite gardens of fountains, flowering shrubs, statues, and lotus ponds befitting a palace. The collections in this museum, the paintings and sculptures are displayed in chronological order, covering the whole evolution into modern idiom, from 1930s to 1970s. The theme of the paintings which are displayed range from the traditional wayang stories to the dances, from scenes of Balinese folklores to rice harvest. The maestros whose masterpieces displayed here are Gusti Nyoman Lempad, Dewa Batuan, Ida Bagus Made, Ida Bagus Gelgel, Ida Bagus Nadera as well as sculptures of I Nyoman Cokot, Ida Bagus Nyana, I Wayan Pendet, I Mangku Tama, and I Ketut Tjedeng. There are also some works from the na? expressionist Young Artist School; most of these works are for sale.

The Museum is open daily from 8 AM to 4PM.

Ubud, Puri Lukisan Museum

Ubud Rudana Museum

Rudana Museum. First established in 1995, the fine arts museum?s aim is to provide an outstanding collection of paintings for the public to see and enjoy. The museum houses a beautiful collection of artwork covering the social history of the nation. There are three floors of spell-binding artwork to explore and enjoy

Ubud, Rudana Museum

Ubud Nyukuning Widya Kusuma Statue Museum

Located outside the southern end of Monkey Forest, in the village of Nyuhkuning, this quite place offes a small selection of carved items, in various forms and styles. Heading south you have to go past the Pura Dalem.

Open daily 10am-5pm
Admission free.

Karangasem Ujung Water Palace

Ujung Water Palace, which by the local people is called as Taman Soekasada Ujung, was built in 1919. However, the launching of this complex of water palace was performed in 1912.

The water palace was constructed by the late King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, that reigned in Karangasem between 1909 and 1945.

Ujung Water Palace was majestically built to welcome and to serve important guests and Kings from neighboring countries, besides for the pleasure of the King and his royal family.

Taman Soekasada Ujung lies at Tumbu village, Karangasem district. It is approximately 85 km from Airport Denpasar and 5 km from Amlapura.

Tourism activity in this area is supported by the available of food stalls, small restaurants and quite large parking area. Visitors who are interested in local crafts product can find some of them in art shops available here.

Taman Soekasada Ujung has been announced to be a cultural tourist object for it is noted as one of several cultural heritages exist in Karangasem regency.

The complex of this water palace is the combination of Balinese and European architectures. There are 3 big and large ponds inside the area. In the middle of the main pond, there is a building that connected to the edge of the pond by 2 bridges.

On the most tip of the highest level of this complex, we will find a great statue of “warak” (rhinoceros). Beneath the warak there is a Bull statue. From this high place we will see a marvellous view of sea, hills with lush and green forest, the beauty of Mount Agung combined with the green terraced rice fields.

The greatness of Ujung Water Palace had been destructed by the explotion of Mount Agung in 1963 which was made worst by the great shake happened in 1979. However, the recovery effort had been performed to bring back the glory of this complex of water palace by holding a reconstruction and revitalisation project on it. Although it is not as great as it was, the amaze of the past still can be seen here this moment.

Karangasem, Ujung Water Palace, Water Palace

Karangasem, Ujung Water Palace, Water Palace

Batur Volcano Museum, Penelokan, Mount Batur


The Batur Volcano Museum, located in Penelokan, Mount Batur, Bali, Indonesia, showcases much treasures and secrets of the volcanic phenomena. It’s varied displays incite the visitors to find out more about the volcano which is packed through panels, interactive games, computer simulations and film show. The museum is 10,000 square feet of fun and interactive learning for children and adults.

The Museum can run through Payangan or from Denpasar through the Sangeh monkey forest, Plaga and Lampu, arriving to the north of Kintamani. Bemos to Kintamani are available from Ubud via Sakah (notable for its huge “Baby” statue). They also run via Tampaksiring and Bangli. From Denpasar bemos leave for Kintamani from the Batubulan terminal until late afternoon.
The volcano museum may be the exhibition centre holds many treasure and secretes of the volcanic phenomena. A detailed exploration of the exhibition displayed through panels, static and even dynamics scale models, interactive and animated computer basis, and film-show. The Batur Volcano Museum, which is the first volcano Museum in Indonesia, will be, “Volcano Talks”, your first contact with the wonderful world of volcanoes.

Batur Museum, batur

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