As one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island, Ubud has long been well known as the center of art and paintings by its visitors. Located in Gianyar, Ubud offers a peaceful village atmosphere surrounded by dazzling greenish rice field and lush tropical forests. Ubud’s beautiful landscape and scenery has also long been inspiring paintings sketched by artists who resides in Bali.
For those of you who are curious about Ubud’s art history and development, Puri Lukisan Museum is the place you must visit during your stay on the island. The museum complex can easily be found since it is strategically located in Jalan Raya Ubud. This museum is also happen to be the oldest art museum ever erected in the region.
Established on January 31, 1956 under the auspices of the Foundation Ratna Warta, Puri Lukisan Museum not only offers visitors a collection of paintings created by Ubud artists from time to time, but it also offers you a beautiful museum building designed with Balinese architecture that is also surrounded by beautiful lush green garden.
Founded by a group of artists who call themselves Ubud Pita Maha whose members include artists Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati and Rudolf Bonnet, Puri Lukisan Museum is a witness of Ubud art journey, both in painting and sculpture. The artworks stored in the museum included the work of Rudolf Bonne, Arie Smit, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad and Ida Bagus Made.
The museum complex forms a U-shape and consisted of three main buildings. Right in the middle of the complex lies a beautiful garden with a pond and a small fountain at the center of it. The first building is where the paintings of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad are kept. The paintings are exhibited in there along with a brief description of the Pita Maha.
The second building contains the work of Balinese young artists whose painting style combines modern with traditional Balinese style. Meanwhile, the third building in the complex is the one where temporary art exhibition usually takes place.
Apart from being a showcase for Ubud’s works of art, the museum also holds classes such as dance lessons, painting, gamelan playing and woodwork courses are open for public. You can take the course which each only costs you one hundred thousand rupiahs. To be able to go and enjoy all the artworks displayed at the museum, you only need to pay 50,000 rupiahs for the entrance fee.
Whether you are an art lover or not, Puri Lukisan Museum is still a worthy place to visit to delve deeper information regarding Ubud’s art history and Bali’s art in general. So, don’t hesitate to stop by to this museum whenever you have a chance to set your foot again in Bali.