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“Beautiful art and paintings”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Neka Art Museum

Neka Art Museum
Ranked #12 of 126 things to do in Ubud
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“Beautiful art and paintings”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

We had the opportunity here to admire a wide choice of skilled realistic, figurative and asbtact local painters. We were highly surprised by the harmony, textures and interesting compositions from these fine local artists. This museum and others are a must to anyone visiting Ubud.

Visited November 2012
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“Surprisingly good.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

It's a short list, but the Neka Art Museum is probably *the* museum to visit in Ubud.

(Avoid the Rudana - like the plague.)

First, the pros: the curation. Here, the history of Balinese painting - from the traditional wayang/Kamasan style, to the works of the so-called transitional era, to the prolific Ubud and Batuan schools of more recent years - is laid out chronologically in separate galleries, with explanatory labels in English, for both broad thematics and individual pieces. The walkthrough ends with several rooms of contemporary Balinese art, which runs the gamut from gestural canvases to abstract sculpture to the local Young Artists movement of the 1960s and '70s. There are also galleries dedicated to specific artists, the most prominent of which is probably Arie Smit, whose work fills an entire floor. (Anyplace else and Smit's brand of recycled Primitivism-meets-Impressionism-meets-Cloisonisme would look embarrassingly vapid - he was painting this stuff even into the '80s and beyond - but here he's a force to be reckoned with. God help the Balinese.) The Lempad gallery, on the other hand, while far more modest in scope, is a revelation. The small drawings which the master has become known for are both aesthetically unique (insofar as Balinese art history is concerned) and fascinating social documents, providing quirky, humour-laced insights into the everyday life of the island in the first half of the 20th century.

In short, while the collection may seem a little uneven, the curation - of a surprisingly high standard for an institution of its kind, i.e. a provincial Indonesian museum - deserves a shoutout.

Now, the cons: It's a bit of a trek from downtown Ubud. Unless you have transportation, hoofing it over may not be a good idea ... The lack of air-conditioning is also something of a distraction (although, to be here, most other museums hereabouts suffer similar issues).

Otherwise, two thumbs up.

Visited December 2012
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“Nice Location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

I liked that you could just walk in and stroll around the museum.
I was told that it was the best art museum in town but I didn't have the same impression.

Visited December 2012
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“Had the whole place to myself”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

This is a good museum and it's not that big so it is not a huge time commitment. The collections are separated into different buildings and it is laid out to move you through time. The building is also worth a look.

Visited December 2012
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“An Important Collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

The Neka Art Gallery is set in a series of pavilions in a large garden compound. Each pavilion has a different theme showcasing different styles of art produced in Bali. There is traditional balinese art from several different "schools" based in different villages, the beginnings of western influence on Balinese artists, the work of some influential foreign artists who lived in bali, some fascinating photography, and a collection of contemporary art. Some of the works are wonderful, some less pleasing perhaps, but there is great importance in having a collection like this which reflects themes and developments and trends in the history of art in Bali. This is a most important cultural collection and should not be missed by anyone who has an interest in visual art

Visited December 2012
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