Bali Art Galleries
The island of Bali is loaded with quality art galleries, owing partly to its plentiful foreign artists, who often have a great interest in authentic Balinese art.
Ubud is the main centre for all things Balinese, with the likes of the Neka Art Museum, the Antonio Blanco Gallery, and the Agung Rai Museum of Art. Le Mayeur Museum is another gallery of note and resides conveniently within the Sanur area of Bali, close to the beachfront, where its entrance is flanked by fine carvings.
Antonio Blanco Gallery
Address: Jalan Campuhan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, ID
Tel: +62 0361 975 502
Located in the Ubud region of Bali, the Antonio Blanco Gallery is one of the island's foremost art museums and the former home of the eccentric painter, Antonio Blanco. The 'Dali of Bali', as he was affectionately known, actually had a hand in the design of the museum, which houses many of his Balinese-style works. The grounds of the museum are stunning and well worth a stroll.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 17:00
Neka Art Museum
Address: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, ID
Tel: +62 0361 976 206
The Neka Art Museum, founded in 1982 by schoolteacher Suteja Neka, is Bali's favourite museum and is spread across several pavilions. Dutch-born Indonesian artist Arie Smit features throughout most of the collection and local and international contemporary works are also displayed. Paintings are labelled in English. Whilst admiring the Smit Pavilion, be sure to take in the views of the Campuhan Gorge.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00
Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)
Address: Jalan Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, ID
Tel: +62 0361 975 742
The Agung Rai Museum of Art is dedicated to German painter Walter Spiess, who fell in love with Bali and continued to incorporate the traditional Balinese style into his works. Apart from the fabulous works of art, every evening the museum puts on a traditional dance show at 18:00 just before closing time.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 18:00
Le Mayeur Museum
Address: Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, ID
Tel: +62 0361 286 201
Le Mayeur Museum is another of Bali's galleries dedicated to a foreign artist. Adrien Yean Le Mayeur was a renowned Belgian artist who was greatly influenced by the Balinese culture and the museum shows off his Impressionist paintings and his collection of artefacts. The grounds are also of interest and feature a number of statues and shrines, as well as lots of seasonal flowers.
Open hours: Tuesday to Thursday - 08:00 to 14:00, Friday and Saturday - 08:00 to 12:00, Sunday - 08:00 to 11:00
Museum Puri Lukisan
Address: Jalan Raya, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, ID
Tel: +62 0361 975 136
The Museum Puri Lukisan follows the rise of Balinese art and was set up by a Balinese prince and a Dutch artist in the 1950s. Paintings and sculptures are on display and there is even an exhibit dedicated to emerging local artists. The lush gardens are worthy of a visit on their own merit and feature shrines, paddies and lotus pools.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge, children under 15 years free