Photo: Some terrific art on display.

Museum Rudana

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Ubud has its fair share of art collectors and philanthropists and we’re not sure if they’re trying to outdo each other, but whatever their drive, it makes for some excellent gallery hopping opportunities for art lovers, and Museum Rudana is no exception.

Museum Rudana is the private collection of Nyoman Rudana who opened the museum next door to his commercial Rudana Galley in 1995, located in the village of Peliatan about one-and-a-half kilometres from ARMA. After Neka Art Museum, Museum Puri Lukisan and ARMA, Museum Rudana is possibly the smallest, yet the collection is not insignificant.

Kuta: Looks about right. Photo taken in or around Museum Rudana, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Kuta: Looks about right. Photo: Sally Arnold

Three floors of the grand purpose-built building perched on the edge of the rice fields house the works. Paintings are labelled in English, but without much detail other than the name of the artist and title. Start at the top floor where the collection includes traditional Balinese paintings in the Wayang-, Ubud- and Batuan-styles including works by masters I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, I Wayan Djudjul and I Wayan Bendi. Large windows looking out to the paddy almost appear to be another painting in the collection.

The other two floors are dedicated to more contemporary works by prominent Indonesian and foreign resident artists including Affandi, Srihadi Soedarsono, Nyoman Gunarsa and Made Wianta. The lower floor includes some sculptural work with masks by I Ketut Berati.

Lovely setting. Photo taken in or around Museum Rudana, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Lovely setting. Photo: Sally Arnold

Wander over to Rudana Galley where you’ll find paintings for sale by many of the same artists if the art-bug bites. The charming Mr Nyoman Rudana is often around to greet visitors and happily chat about the collection.

Photography is only permitted on the lower floor of the Museum and in the commercial gallery. A book, “Bali Inspires: The Rudana Art Collection” is on sale at the museum. The entry fee is relatively higher than other museums in Ubud, at 100,000 rupiah for foreigners and 50,000 rupiah for Indonesians (however for some unknown reason we were charged the local price) and includes a welcome drink. Allow up to an hour for a decent look.

Museum Rudana
44 Jalan Cok Rai Pundak, Peliatan
Daily 08:00–17:00
T: (0361) 975 779
Admission: 100,000 rupiah for foreigners, 50,000 rupiah for Indonesians

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