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“Comprehensive, well organized collection- a delightful education.”
Review of Neka Art Museum

Neka Art Museum
Ranked #12 of 129 things to do in Ubud
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northern california
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Comprehensive, well organized collection- a delightful education.”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

This large museum, while not as beautifully situated or centrally located as the Museum Puri Lukisan, nonetheless has an unparalleled, extensive collection of painting, sculpture and carving the reflects the evolution of Balinese art. The museum's founder was the son of a carver famous in the 60"s; the depth of the collection reflects their friendships with the major luminaries on the Balinese art scene.

There paintings are grouped by styles, with explanations of the evolution and differentiating features of each described. Not all the paintings are attributed, but until western influence, Balinese artists didn't usually sign their work, so some of the minimalist signage is to be forgiven. Sculptures are scattered throughout. There is a nice range and depth to the works, even the more contemporary pieces.

Exclusive to this museum is a huge collection of Kris, or Balinese daggers, many prize winning from contemporary competitions. Mokume-gane blades, golden, ivory and wooden handles and sheaths, gemstone encrusted Ganesha's- even if you do not like weaponry (me!), the beauty of some of these pieces is not to be denied. (Always pains me to see the artistry that we invest in weapons, however there is ritual religious significance to the Kris, which may be why such beauty is invested in its creation.)

Gift shop with books and prints of selected work on site.

Visited January 2013
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Ubud, Indonesia
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“Neka Art Museum”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

This is a wonderful display of Balinese art. They have a numb of galleries displaying a range of work.
I was particularly blown away as they say by the work of one of Bali's famous woodcarvers whose name I have of course forgotten. Look out for the carving of the prone deer with her young one sheltering behind her- it was so evocative that I felt quite weepy.
They have the usual museum facilities with the bonus of a pleasant view over the gorge

Visited February 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Art gallery a highlight.”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Gives an insight into the culture of Bali in the last century and the power of one artist to fire up an arts community. Beautiful work.

Visited January 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Great Museum”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Brought Indonesian art, both traditional and contempory to life and gave real meaning to it. Some amazing pieces to see. Definately one of my favourite museums. Can highly recommend a couple of hours here.

Visited November 2012
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“Thoroughly enjoyable”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Wonderful setting. I loved learning about Arie Smit (a Dutchman) who settled in Bali and helped young Balinese artists express their painting in a more contemporary style.
An interesting photography section depicting Balinese life before many Westerners travelled there.
Definitely recommended.

Visited February 2013
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