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Lempad of Bali: The Illuminating Line, with more than 500 Lempad drawings and essays by six scholars of Bali, is available now

Lempad of Bali: The Illuminating Line, is the first comprehensive and definitive examination of the life and work of internationally acclaimed Balinese artist Gusti Nyoman Lempad. Published by Museum Puri Lukisan in Ubud, Bali in collaboration with Editions Didier Millet of Singapore, the book launch will take place at the opening of the museum’s exhibition of Lempad’s drawings on 20 September. The exhibition will run through 18 December. MORE…

Saturday 20th September saw the launch of yet another major book on legendary Balinese artist I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, this time penned by six highly regarded experts on Balinese art and culture. Intrigued, we went along to the press conference at Puri Lukisan Museum in Ubud. MORE…

Lempad of Bali, the exhibition catalog with 500-plus Lempad drawings is available at the Museum gift shop and online HERE…

Pre-World-War-II work from U.S. and European collections accompanied by release of first catalogue raisonné of Lempad’s drawings.

Ubud, Bali, 21 September 2014 – “Illuminating Line: Master Drawings of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad” opened at the Museum Puri Lukisan in Ubud, Bali, on 20 September. The exhibition runs until 18 December 2014.

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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…

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 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…

Bali Deep exhibition can now be viewed from November 16 through December 16, 2014. This exhibition features Japanese artists who are living and working in Bali. In addition, it also shows miniature balinese paintings from the village of Keliki.

Below is a series of highlights from the extraordinary exhibition of traditional Balinese painting at Ubud’s Museum Puri Lukisan, which finishes on 7th November. Don’t miss it! The exhibition 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’. Enjoy the show!
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Long before the introduction of modern technology, the Balinese relied on storytelling to communicate historical accounts, with mythology and teachings passing down for centuries from one generation to the next.

The shadow-puppet theater, or wayang kulit, has played a major role in this storytelling. While nowadays these performances are becoming less common, the characters and narratives are still alive and well in the wayang paintings.

Wayang painting is an essential part of Bali’s Hindu-Buddhist faith. It began about a thousand years ago, telling great folklore with moral lessons on the screens, curtains, walls and ceilings of the island’s temples, palaces and homes of wealthy patrons.
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