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“See real Balinese art, not just the tourist stuff on Monkey Forest Road in Ubud”
Review of Neka Art Museum

Neka Art Museum
Ranked #11 of 135 things to do in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

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.

Thank Lee T
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

It is a good museum, especially if you wish to understand the balinese art. It is required to forget about museum in Europe before to enter: in Indonesia and in general in Asia, it is not easy to find a nice place with the passion for Art. And to not miis the Keris part, really beautiful.

Thank mafe23
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

The Neka museum is set across 8 different pavilions, some only large room sized, within beautiful lush gardens. The highly polished crimson floor tiles and white walls establish an excellent canvas to display the art. The art is all quite recent, with the earliest coming from the mid 20th century. It covers traditional Balinese painting, highly complex and generally telling stories of every day life or of Hindu legends; modern Balinese painting by indigenous artists; and art by visitors who settled in Bali, mainly Dutch, Australian and Phillippino. The explanations for each picture are comprehensive, and the art is logically arranged by style or artist. 1.5 to 2 hours gives you a comprehensive look. It's a good walk from Ubud Palace if you are fit- otherwise a simple cab fare. After visiting, we were comfortable that the painting we had bought the day before had some grounding in genuine Balinese painting--probably smarter to go to the gallery first though!

Thank Frans_12255060
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

I liked this museum a lot, there is a great collection of art spread over different buildings.The grounds are beautiful.

Thank grietje1961
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Liked: good library of balinese paintings and art pieces. The museum is well maintained, airy and cleaned. The neka museum is owned by the komaneka resort and komameka guests have free complementary tickets and shuttle to the museum. The best thing is its location because the museum is just opposite the world famous naughty nuri's warung which served great pork ribs

Disliked : the souvenir section is not very well maintained , suggestions to the management if they can stocked the souvenir section with more paintings and artifacts for sales.

Verdicts: good place to visit in the morning around 1100am, it will take around 1 hour to tour the museum and thus by noon you can pop over to naughty nuri's warung for lunch

Thank Satjexon
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