The Neka Art Museum was established in 1976 and was officially opened by Dr. Daoed Joesoef, then Indonesian Minister for Education and Culture on the 7th of July in 1982. Over the years, there has been a strong commitment to constantly improve the museum. Every effort has been made, along with new initiatives, to fulfill the original of the museum. It also has carried out a program to mount temporary exhibitions.
Present a richly illustrated introduction to the history of the major styles of Balinese painting. Individual essays examine some of the important characteristics unique to classical puppet figure works, transitional style paintings, and different regional developments of art found on the island. Other sections cover contemporary paintings by artists from Bali, other parts Indonesia, and abroad. All of these styles are presented here as developments in the broader context of Indonesian art history.
For centuries the island of Bali has produced some of the finest examples of religious art. Under the influence of Western aesthetics, various seculer styles emerged which combined indigenous and foreign elements in several different ways. Formal art education in the schools of Indonesia also have produced some interesting styles with more international perspectives. Artists from all over the world have long been attracted to Bali for its dynamic culture and scenic wonders.