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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, […]