If you go to art museums when you visit cities in America or Europe, you absolutely should visit the Neka Art Museum. You will learn a lot about how Balinese see the world.
The art there stems from Germans and other Europeans teaching Balinese Western art techniques in the '20s and '30s. Then they took the ball and ran with it.
So visiting this museum is both an artistic and a cultural experience. It includes art by Westerners with Balinese subjects.
When we went the museum was practically empty expect for us and Russian-American couple we're friends with. This is a serious art museum with worthy art in it, from abstract expressionist works to the most typical Balinese paintings--colorful, crowded depictions of the busy work and social life that's all intertwined for most Balinese.
It's a short drive from Ubud, doesn't cost much to visit, and is on attractive grounds. Tourists would do themselves a favor by spending less time at cheesy, tropical-generic tourist attractions and more at uniquely Balinese ones like this. Whatever genre of art you like, from avant garde/ironic to more traditional expressions, it can be found here.
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