Exhibition in 2008

JULY 14-SEPTEMBER 12, 2008

The Puri Lukisan Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary. First opened to the public on January 31, 1956, it is the oldest museum in Ubud. To mark a half-century of accomplishments, the museum will host three important exhibitions during the summer of 2008, with the grand opening on July 14, 2008:

  • The Pitamaha Exhibition. Drawing from the core collection of the Puri Lukisan Museum, this exhibition will present an overview of the development of Balinese painting and woodcarving over the past 100 years. It will exhibit works of art rooted in the Wayang tradition, through the transition to modernity in the 1930’s, and its further development today.
  • The Leiden Exhibition. Featuring masterpieces of Balinese art on loan from the Leiden University Museum, collected between 1929 and 1958 by Dutch artist Rudolf Bonnet, this exhibition showcases the specific characteristics, and style of Balinese artists from four geographic regions: Tampaksiring, Ubud, Batuan and Sanur. The Leiden University collection will be supplemented by similar works from the permanent collection of the Puri Lukisan Museum, which were also selected by Rudolf Bonnet. This exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog entitled “Pioneers of Balinese Painting” by Helena Spannjard.
  • The Ida Bagus Made Exhibition. Featuring paintings from the estate of maestro Ida Bagus Made Poleng, one of the original members of Pitamaha and student of Rudolf Bonnet, this exhibition will celebrate the visual artistry of one of the foremost painters of Ubud. In 2000, following the artist’s last wish, the widow of Ida Bagus Made loaned about 100 paintings from the artist’s private collection to the Puri Lukisan Museum. Fifty of these paintings will be presented to the public for the first time. This exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog: “Ida Bagus Made – the Art of Devotion” co-authored by Prof. Kaja McGowan (Cornell University,USA), Prof. Adrian Vickers (University of Sydney, Australia) Soemantri Widagdo, and Prof. Benedict Anderson (Cornell University, USA)Please join us for this historic celebration. Updated information on these exhibitions will be available on this site.Download PDF