Museum Puri Lukisan in Bali

Museum of Modern Balinese Art in Ubud

Museum Puri Lukisan is part of a string of landmarks that you can conveniently drop into during your leisurely walks through central Ubud. Inside, you can easily spend half a day admiring the vast collection of artworks that focus on modern traditional Balinese paintings and sculptures. It’s a great place to see and learn about the many styles from different modern, post-Independence schools of Balinese art, the likes of Batuan and contemporary Keliki.

As one of the first and largest art galleries and museums on the island and in Ubud alone, Museum Puri Lukisan was founded in part and overseen by Ubud’s royal family back in 1936. It was a result of the Pita Maha artistic movement in Bali, formed by late Dutch artist Johan Rudolf Bonnet, who fell in love with Bali and settled in Ubud to produce a magnificent body of work, together with other great names such as Walter Spies and Bali’s own Lempad.

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Batuan style artworks are colourful and dominated by depictions of eloquent figures of humans or deities in graceful proportions, much like traditional ‘wayang’ shadow puppets. Sanur style paintings feature highly stylised episodes inspired from the coastline such as boats, sea creatures and coastal village life. Then there’s the intricate and detailed paintings of the Ubud style, which include the great works of Lempad himself.

You’ll also find over 62 sculpture sets in permanent exhibits among the collection of Museum Puri Lukisan. Getting to the museum is easy, within only 150m or walking distance west from the town community hall, the Puri Saren Royal Palace and the Ubud Art Market. From Kuta, Ubud central is a 40km or 90-minute transfer north from Kuta. Tickets are IDR 75,000 (USD 6). A restaurant and café is onsite, overlooking its spacious gardens and lotus pond.

Museum Puri Lukisan

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 975 136
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