Le Mayeur Museum

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This small museum at the north end of Sanur Beach evokes a time of innocence and beauty before the introduction of relatively recent laws banning "immodest dress." Even more impressive than the paintings by the Belgian artist of the young Balinese dancer he married and her friends is the small mansion in which the art and artifacts are housed: a lovely example of Balinese architecture decorated with finely carved and gilded wooden shutters.
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore8,582 contributions
Jan 2020 • Business
Located off the beachfront path the museum is well signposted. TA map is excellent for finding location.

Admission charges apply - quite reasonable.

Some of the artwork is original whilst some are substituted with photographs. The display cases of perspex are less than adequate to display - it is sometimes impossible to see the painting and certainly impossible to photograph. The art lacks vibrancy and fails to captivate me.

The art does not appeal to me, but that’s not to says it’s poor or that it will not appeal to others. The presentation is poor and would benefit from renovation / modernisation. Le Mayeur’s model seems to have been a prisoner to his passions, but there again, who am I to comment.

Personally it was a disappointing visit.
Written January 10, 2020
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Tamara and family
4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
If staying in Sanur do catch a cab to vist Le Mayeur museum. You will likely be the only one visiting and can walk through the 3 main rooms at your own pace. I especially loved the black and white photos of Le mayeur’s wife Pollock. You can sense what it would have been like to live here at a stone throw from the ocean. Some lovely paintings both of his time in Bali and in southern Europe.
Written January 25, 2020
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Anna May V
Pasig, Philippines2,581 contributions
Feb 2016 • Solo
The Balinese government/ tourist board should really take more pains to take care of this gem hidden among the stalls along Sindhu Beach. Such a rich and provoking history that can be seen through the art, photographs and furniture left behind by the artist Le Mayeur and his wife Ni Pollok.

Admission is at 20000 IDR (as of Feb 2016). The place can be extremely hot and humid, which obviously affects the artwork as well, hastening its decomposition.

Some paintings have become old and faded, but the furniture with their intricate etchings and carvings, as well as the architecture are all worth a view.
Written February 23, 2016
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49yoke
Bali, Indonesia63 contributions
May 2021
beautiful pieces of legendary artist home and gallery are not maintained well - that could be a significant place. managed by government? should be managed privately or by corporate to have quality, cleanliness and maintenance. so sad.
Written July 9, 2021
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fact g
Denpasar, Indonesia11 contributions
Feb 2020
I live in Sanur and walk the beach most days, passing Le Mayeur museum every time I do, but I had never been inside before. I didn't know what to expect and kept open mind. I had however visited the Bali Museum at Jalan Mayor Wisnu in Denpasar. To be honest, Remco Koster's review of Le Mayeur nails it. By today's Western standards, this museum makes a very modest attraction. That said, I think it needs to be seen in context. It's the story of a Western painter who came to Bali before the advent of mass tourism and fell in love with a local Balinese woman. There's nothing earth shattering here.
Written February 2, 2020
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JohnGTauranga
Tauranga8 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This was rated highly in our Lonely Planet guide to Bali. We were disappointed. There was an absence of information on the artworks many of which did not appear to be well preserved and which may soon be lost if not better cared for. There was nobody around to answer questions and possibly the most interesting thing to me was the opportunity to see the inside of a traditional Balinese house. I think there is so much more which could have been done with what was a fascinating subject. One thing which I thought was off was that there was no consideration of the fact a 57 year old man married a 15 year old girl after knowing her for three years. The other thing is that you should take care to ensure you have gone to the toilet before you get there.
Written January 4, 2020
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Kasper Ingeman Beck
26 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Had high expectations for this museum. I was really disappointed by the condition of this old seaside mansion. It's totally run-down, house falling apart, literally, dark rooms no fans, garden is not looked after at all. Such a shame for a historic place like this. With a 50.000idr entrance fee and prime location, you would think the government could do better.
Written January 31, 2019
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DJ on tour
47 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Sadly have to agree with the majority of previous reviews. Great art and story completely engulfed in neglect and lack of any kind of artistic standards, design or vision.
Potentially,with such a quality of product and story,a major upgrade of the buildings, presentation and a simple cafe could transform this sad testament to administrative inertia.
Written December 27, 2018
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Benge285
Perth, Australia231 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
We visited this Museum a few years ago. It was very interesting to read about the artist and his wife and view many paintings ... most were in poor condition.
We visited again yesterday and were shocked to see the paintings and buildings had deteriorated even further. Some of the paintings had a glass box like structure placed over them but huge gaps existed between the paintings and the wall. The area in front of the paintings was full of dust and rubbish and some paintings looked as some insects had been eating them. Also some of the painted and carved areas of woodwork and doors etc were crumbling away or had eaten by insects such as white ants.
Maybe on the beautiful island of Bali, renowned for its art, there may be some artists, art restorers or even people from Belgium who could initiate some restoration projects to save the building and contents.
Written August 26, 2016
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meontheroadagain
Sydney, Australia34 contributions
Feb 2012 • Family
This could be such a beautiful museum and a great attraction but what it needs is a building right around and over it to protect it and more...
The collection is not just many wonderful paintings by the artist (from Belgium) Le Mayeur but the story of his life and that of his muse, the young Balinese dancer, who became his wife. The building is where the family lived and it features the original furniture and artifacts giving a deeper insight into their lives and Bali in the 1920-30s.
The paintings will make you cry not just for their beauty but the lack of preservation and conservation of the entire collection. In a sense the local Sanur population would be better off selling all the art to a world famous art gallery rather then leave them to deteriorate further or have them slowly disappear by theft.
I am unable to attached photographs, of the paintings, to this review due to the interior being too dark and the yellow plastic hanging over the paintings and the tears in my eyes. Go see this this "museum" it is already too late to admire the true beauty that the artist would have hoped for but the visit will still be worthwhile. If you are a lover of art then be prepared to shed a tear. With mixed feelings I would have to rate this attraction both poor and outstanding!
Written January 10, 2013
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