Current Exhibition

“Must-See” Keliki Exhibition Closes on 28 June

Following the 1960s, the famed Ubud school of modern and traditional Balinese painting began to split into smaller collectives that represented nearby villages with varying approaches in their artistic expression.

Then began the Young Artists of Penestanan — perhaps the most renowned of these splinter groups — as well as the Pengosekan, Kutuh and Padang Tegal artist communities, and arguably the one with the most talented artists, the Keliki Painting School.

In an effort to develop and preserve traditional Balinese painting, a cooperation between Ubud’s Puri Lukisan Museum and the Keliki Kawan Artists Association, Werdi Jana Kerti, has culminated in an important collaboration. The “Keliki Exhibition – Werdi Jana Kerti” is an extraordinary collection of works from the Keliki School of Miniature Painting, on display from April 28 through June 28 at the Puri Lukisan Museum. MORE…

A Tribute to Dewa Nyoman Batuan

Exactly one year after the passing away of his father on Valentine’s day 2013, Dewa Putrayasa and friends have organized an exhibition at the Museum Puri Lukisan Ratna Warta. Richard Horstman reflects: Dewa Nyoman Batuan, born in Pengosekan, Ubud 1939, was an icon within the world of Balinese art. MORE…

Dewa Nyoman Batuan Exhibition – Feb 14 to Apr 10, 2014

Dewa Nyoman Batuan Exhibition has recently opened to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of the founder of the Pengosekan Artist’s Community. This exhibition displays works by the late Dewa Nyoman Batuan and the senior artists in Pengosekan. Worth seeing is more…

Museum Puri Lukisan Will Exhibit Paintings of Ketut Madra and Wayang Art of the Past 100 Years

A new exhibition, opening on 7 October at Ubud’s Museum Puri Lukisan, includes 69 paintings by Ketut Madra of Peliatan and 22 other artists, all working in the oldest style of Balinese painting and telling the ancient Hindu and Buddhist legends of Bali’s shadow puppet theater or wayang kulit.

Ketut Madra and 100 Years of Balinese Wayang Painting celebrates work created from the early 20th century to the present. “Many of the paintings in this exhibition were collected by our guest curator David Irons of New York when he lived in Bali for a year in 1973,” said Tjokorda Bagus Astika, director of the museum. “His remarkable collection is supplemented by work from our museum, ARMA and private collections. The exhibition also includes 35 paintings painted over the last 42 years by internationally recognized wayang artist Ketut Madra from his own and Mr. Irons’s collections.”

A 64-page, large format, color catalog, in English (with Indonesian translation) by Mr. Irons accompanies the exhibition. “This exhibition and catalog are an important introduction to wayang painting,” Tjokorda Bagus continued. “This is the original painted art of Bali: The first wayang paintings were created almost a thousand years ago to tell these epic stories in our temples and palaces.

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