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Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)

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With a passion for art and culture, local entrepreneur and philanthropist, Agung Rai established ARMA in 1996. The museum is but one branch of an empire that includes restaurants, a resort and commercial gallery: a true rags to riches story as he started life as an uneducated farm boy working as a street pedlar in Kuta.

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Two large pavilions present the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, and regular theatre and dance performances are held in an open stage near the main gallery. See schedule here Cultural workshops and children’s dance classes are frequent events, and the compound includes a cafe and bookshop all within a relaxing and beautiful well-established garden.

Welcome to ARMA. Photo taken in or around Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Welcome to ARMA. Photo: Sally Arnold

The museum may not be the largest in Ubud, but its significant collection spans the development of Balinese styles as well as works by notable Indonesian and Western artists. If you’re short on time, this museum offers quality over quantity, although explanations of the various styles are not as comprehensive as those at Neka Art Museum. Works are labelled in English, with some works also labelled in Japanese.

An open pavilion with a temporary exhibition gallery leads from the main entrance to the garden. Directly in front, the double-storey Bale Daja features many of the great names in Balinese art history, with a brief compendium of the major schools including Wayan-, Ubud- and Bantuan-styles. Downstairs an exhibition salutes the works and influence of expat artist Walter Spies, mostly with reproductions of ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)
Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud
T: (0361) 976 659 F: Daily 09:00–18:00;
Admission: 80,000 rupiah

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