Founded by Agung Rai, a Balinese man who devoted his life to the preservation and development of Balinese art and culture, this museum was officially opened in June 1996. The major goals of the Arma Museum are to collect, preserve, and develop the arts of painting, sculpture, dance, music, and various other cultural art forms, as well as to provide means and infrastructure for the local society to learn various artistic skills.
ARMA is more than a museum. Its vision is to become an internationally renowned museum of Balinese and Indonesian culture by organizing events to show the uniqueness and diversity of this culture. It serves people from various cultural backgrounds who wish to experience and learn about Bali’s unique cultural heritage.
The Don Antonio Blanco Museum, also known as the Renaissance Museum, was built in Antonio Blanco’s former home on the gentle hilltops of Campuan (in Ubud) and opened in December 1998. Blanco built the museum to commemorate his love for Bali and to house his important works. The museum pays homage to nature and the unseen world of spirits and the mind, collectively known as “Niskala.” The museum is stunning evidence that Blanco indulged his fantasies and created a dream world of his own.
Antonio Blanco was born in September 1911 in Manila (Philippines). 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. After a few years around the world, he finally landed in Bali in 1952. He decided to live with his wife in Campuan (Ubud), at the junction of two sacred rivers. By the end of his life, Blanco had begun building his museum at his studio in Campuan. Dramatically, he died just before its inauguration in 1999. His funeral was marked with a very important Blanco cremation in Ubud. 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 artworks.
Located in Mas, Gajah Bali Gallery is one of the biggest art galleries with many fine collections of wood carvings from Balinese sculptures. Wooden sculptures are great souvenirs and pieces of art that provide an unforgettable memory of Bali. It’s about appreciation, it’s about quality, and it’s all about what feels closest to your heart.
Gajah Bali is the most appropriate place to explore the finest quality wood carvings made from various kinds of woods.
The Neka Art Museum was opened in 1982 and name after 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 lived here and influenced local artists.
Neka Art Museum is more than just a collection of fine art inspired by the natural beauty, people, and culture of Bali. It’s a unique museum because its collection of foreign artworks by the Balinese, other Indonesians, and foreign artists were all were inspired by the natural beauty, life and culture of Bali. The high quality of the Neka Art Museum’s collection serves as a source of inspiration, information, research, and education for many people in Indonesia and those abroad. The Neka Art Museum is now recognized as an institute of International Standing.
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), was that the most precious art would be lost forever and would never come back to its origin.
The Puri Lukisan museum was officially opened for the public in 1956 by the Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Mohammad Yamin. The collection began with a donation of paintings from Rudolf Bonnet himself, and eventually more followed, which were donated by different artists and friends who wanted to help the museum. Museum Puri Lukisan demonstrates through its collections of paintings and woodcarvings the important developments of Balinese arts that are unique and priceless. Nowadays, the museum is active in organizing exhibitions for local artists.
Rudana Museum and Rudana Fine Art Gallery is set amongst a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere surrounded by rice paddies. It features an outstanding collection of Balinese art in classical, traditional, and naïve style, as well as Indonesian contemporary paintings.
The Rudana Museum was officially inaugurated on December, 26, 1995 by the president of the Republic of Indonesia during the commemoration of the 50th Golden Independence Anniversary celebration of the Republic. It was accomplished by Nyoman Rudana and Ni Wayan Olastini, who have exhibited tremendous dedication in their 21 years of work promoting Indonesian, especially Balinese, arts and artists.
Rudana Fine Art Gallery was born 25 years ago in Sanur and was moved to its present location in Peliatan in 1978. Its major purpose has always been to support living artists throughout Indonesia, particularly those of Bali, and it continues to exhibit and promote contemporary paintings in classic, traditional, and modern styles. The gallery’s collection includes the works of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, Affandi, Supono, Antonio Blanco, and more.
Semar Kuning Art Gallery was founded in 1995. Almost all of the paintings are made to suit as home interior. The collections in Semar Kuning Ubud include works from many Balinese artists. The gallery is full of different types of Balinese art paintings, including landscape paintings, abstract painting, traditional, and modern paintings.
Semar Kuning Art Cooperative is one of Ubud’s must-see places, especially if you love Balinese traditional and modern paintings. This place is about a 15-minute drive from central Ubud.
The Setia Darma Marks & Puppets House is a unique museum with a mission to preserve some of Indonesia’s most colorful heritage items. It serves as a great cultural and educational part of central Bali tours, ideal for families and culture lovers. It currently houses over 1,000 masks and over 4,000 puppets from all over the Indonesian archipelago, Africa, China, Latin America, and Europe.
This unique “courtyard of houses” is located in the cool and quiet village of Tegal Bingin in Sukawati (17km from Ubud center). Artist-curator Agustinus Prayitno decided to establish the house in Sukawati, the district famous for its community of Balinese woodcarvers, mask makers, and sculptors. The courtyard comprises five traditional wooden Balinese pavilions and Javanese “joglos” and “limasan” houses that each include vast collections in different categories. The houses are spread over an undulating paddy landscape and surrounded by well-manicured tropical gardens.