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Museum Puri Lukisan

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Museum Puri Lukisan or “Palace of Paintings” offers an excellent collection of Balinese art spanning the development of the various artistic styles in Bali, only slightly eclipsed by the collection at Neka Art Museum.

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Conveniently located smack bang in the centre of Ubud and set in beautifully tranquil gardens as alluring as the exhibits, punctuated with ponds and sculptures (look for the carved figure almost growing out of the large banyan tree at the back of the garden), four pavilions house the collection, and even the less art-inclined will find a visit here to be well worthwhile. We'd say allow a couple of hours for a good viewing of the collection.

Classic entrance. Photo taken in or around Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Classic entrance. Photo: Sally Arnold

In 1936 expat artists Rudolf Bonnet and Walter Spies, together with Balinese artist I Gusti Nyoman Lempad and Princes of Ubud, Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati and Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati established the Pita Maha foundation to maintain the standards of Balinese art, and to guide artists from producing fodder solely for the mass tourist market (unfortunately today there’s a lot of the latter in Ubud). The foundation later led to the establishment of the Museum Puri Lukisan with Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati as the director and Rudolf Bonnet as the curator, officially opened in 1956 it was the first of its ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Museum Puri Lukisan
Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud
Daily 09:00–18:00
T: (0361) 971 159
Admission: Entry fee is 85,000 rupiah. Children under 15 accompanied by an adult are free.

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