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.
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