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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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A new exhibition (running 7th October – 7th November) 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’.

Wayang painting is an integral part of the Bali’s Hindu-Buddhist faith. It began about a thousand years ago to tell great legends with moral lessons on the screens, curtains, walls and ceilings of the island’s temples, palaces, and homes of wealthy patrons. The art is alive today in the temples where it began and in modern interpretations.
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One of the last masters of the Balinese art is ready to pass on the secrets of his craft.

In January 1973, after three days in Bali, I found a small house to live in near Ubud. That first week, local families welcomed me to temple festivals where I stayed up till 4 a.m. watching masked dance and shadow-puppet theater (wayang kulit). I understood nothing. I was heading home after thousands of miles of sailing, but I could not leave. Bali had me.
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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 […]

Modern – Traditional Balinese Painting Exhibition 3 August – 30 September 2013 » Click here to download the Kebiar Seni XIV Museum Puri Lukisan catalogue   During the early 1900s, Western anthropologists flocked to Bali to study its unique culture. Americans, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson spent two years (1937-1939) in the village of Batuan, […]