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Blanco Renaissance Museum

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What do E.T, Michael Jackson and naked women have in common? If you visit Blanco Renaissance Museum you will find out, or maybe you’ll still be puzzled.

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Artist Antonio Blanco (1911-1999) born in the Philippines to Spanish parents, was an eccentric and flamboyant character by all accounts, often seen decked out in a red beret and cape and answering to the rather grandiose moniker “The Fabulous Blanco”.

Not over the top at all. Photo taken in or around Blanco Renaissance Museum, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Not over the top at all. Photo: Sally Arnold

Arriving in Bali in the early 1950s where he met and married his muse Ni Ronji, a famous Balinese dancer 25 years his junior. Blanco moved in high circles, and the King of Ubud granted him land on the hill overlooking the Champuan River, in the hope that his fame would boost tourism in Ubud. His dream to open a museum was eventually realised after his death by his son Mario, the current torchbearer of his legacy, also a painter.

The Blanco Renaissance Museum is a temple of exotica and erotica, ostentatious and theatrical like the man it’s dedicated to. Up a steep driveway where an arched gate welcomes you to “the home, the studio, the galleries, the garden, the Balinese family and the creative works of the artist”. A circular portal leads into the opulent tropical grounds, replete with a menagerie of exotic birds including large and colourful macaws, a greater bird of paradise and rare Bali starlings. To the left, with views over Ubud, the Rondji Restaurant offers “modern Balinese” and European fine dining. Stop by for a welcome drink included in ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Blanco Renaissance Museum
Jalan Raya Campuhan, Ubud
Daily 09:00–17:00
T: (0361) 975 502
Admission: 80,000 rupiah

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