WELCOME TO THE NEKA ART MUSEUM
Located in a beautiful garden setting overlooking a scenic river valley, the NEKA ART MUSEUM is an ideal place to enjoy artworks by Balinese, other Indonesian, and foreign-born artists inspired by the magic of Bali.
Separate buildings based on traditional Balinese architecture take visitors through the history of the development of painting in Bali.
The museum is managed by the YAYASAN DHARMA SENI (Art Devotion Foundation).
NEKA ART MUSEUM LAYOUT :
A. ENTRANCE HALL: The ground floor for admission and depositing the prohibited guest’s staff. The administrative office and an extensive non-lending research library are on the upper level. Toilets are located on the lower floor.
B. BOOK SHOP You can find many books that published by Dharma Seni Foundation and a wide selection of books on a wide range of subjects, postcards of selected works from the collection.
C. SOUVENIR SHOP Merchandise and a large selection of Indonesian souvenir gift items.
D. RECEPTION PAVILLION: With a panoramic view and cool breezes, this is an ideal place to relax and enjoy some refreshments after your visit. You can get coffee or tea and eat light meal or cake in the café.
E. Srimin and Suteja HALL Open hall for meeting, conference and party.
F. MEETING PAVILION: This is the open-sided bale dangin (eastern pavilion) traditionally used for family ceremonies. It is a perfect place to pause during your visit.
G. TOILETS are conveniently located throughout the museum grounds and in a small building in the parking area near the main entrance.
VIII. TEMPORARY EXHIBITION HALL: Works by new and established artists from Indonesia and abroad are available for purchase. Occasional exhibitions are held on two floors.
To encourage cross-cultural appreciation of painting in Bali, selections from the museum have been displayed in Australian, Holland, Japan, Singapore, and the USA. Please enjoy your visit to one of Indonesia’s best museums of art inspired by Bali.
I. BALINESE PAINTING HALL
a. Puppet style Painting: Classical wayang (puppet figure) paintings have narrative episodes from the Indian Ramayana and Mahabharata epics, Balinese-Javanese romances, and almanacs with scenes from daily life. Dating from at least the 17th century,
characters are similar to the colors and features of puppets. The style has been maintained by Mangku Mura and I Nyoman Mandra in Kamasan, Klungkung.
b. Transitional Style Painting: These works show stylistic and aesthetic factors from indigenous and foreign sources. This started during the late 1800s in North Bali to illustrate Indian epics and Balinese-Javanese tales. Figures have a natural appearance in the works of Ida Bagus Rai and I Gusti Ketut Kobot.
c. Ubud Style Painting: Works with Western influences first appeared after the 1920s in Ubud area (Gianyar). Artists Walter Spies (Garman) and Rudolf Bonnet (Dutch) lived in the area and introduced Western aesthetics of light and shadow, depth, and anatomy. Anak Agung Gede Sobrat and Dewa Putu Bedil adapted these ideas for scenes of daily life, dances, and ceremonies.
d. Batuan Style Painting : Works with less influence from Western aesthetics developed in Batuan village (Gianyar), where resident foreigners during the 1930s were not artists. Painting by Ida Bagus Togog and Ida Bagus Wija are dense with stylized figures, distorted perspective, or multiple views. I Made Budi and I Wayan Bendi paint caricatures of visitors in typical tourist activities.
II. ARIE SMIT PAVILION
a. Paintings by Arie Smit: A master of color and composition, Dutch-born Indonesia artist Arie Smit shows the beauty and inner rhythms of Bali in his works. With a “ broken colors” technique, he shows breath-taking landscapes, relaxing youths, and quite temple which evoke a sense of wonder.
b. Young Artists Style Painting: In Penestanan village near Ubud during the early 1960s, Arie Smit gave young teenagers painting materials and encouraged them to create. Among many others, I Nyoman Tjaka and Ketut Soki painted colorful naïve scenes of ceremonies, rice harvests, and daily life.
Contemporary Balinese Painting: Other Balinese works include humorous ink paintings by Ida Bagus Nyoman Rai and supernatural themes by I Ketut Budiana. More modern style from cubism to abstract expressionism are done by I Nyoman Tusan, I Made Sumadiyasa, and other academically trained artists.
III. PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE CENTER: Black-and-white photographs by Robert Koke (American) document important personalities, dances, and ceremonies during the late 1930s and early 1940s. more recent color photos record some of the exhibitions and events involving the Neka Art Museum.
IV. LEMPAD PAVILION: Unique works by I Gusti NYoman Lempad, Bali’s most famous artist, illustrate in flowing ink lines with touches of red and gold some Balinese folktales and Indian epics.
V. CONTEMPORARY INDONESIAN ART HALL: A wide range of styles based on western techniques have been done by Dullah, Abdul Aziz, Anton Kustia Widjaja, and artists from other islands of Indonesia.
VI. EAST-WEST ART ANNEX
a. Contemporary Indonesian Art: The display continues with works by important artists like Affandi, S, Sudjojono, Srihadi-Soedarsono, Abas Alibasyah, Bagong Kussudiardjo, and Widayat.
b. Art by Artists from Abroad: The upper floor features works by important artists, such as romantic portraits by Rudolf Bonnet and Willem Gerard Hofker (Dutch), fantasies by Donald Friend (Australian), and tropical scenes by Theo Meier (Swiss). A section is devoted to Asian artists, with detailed realism by Chang Fee-Ming (Malaysian), sensuous nudes by Teng Nee-Cheong (Singaporean), vibrant figures by Jeremiah Elizalde Navarro (Filipino), and shimmering landscapes by Paul Nagano (Japanese-American)
VII. KERIS HALL
The Keris hall exhibite features dozen of antique and new keris from Suteja Neka collection. These new collection of the Neka Art Museum for celebrating the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognition of the Indonesian keris (traditional dagger) as a great achievement of cultural heritage for world humanity in November 2005.