Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) - double listing

  • Address:

    Made Lebah Street, Pengosekan, Ubud, Gianyar Regency, Bali

Regarded as one of Bali's preeminent museums, the ARMA houses temporary and permanent works by Balinese, Indonesian and Foreign artists under 2 main structures, the Bale Daja and the Bale Dauh. The paintings which vary from contemporary to traditional include such rarities as organic Kamasan tree bark paintings, masterworks by Balinese artists including Batuan pieces from the 1930's and 1940's, and the only works by 19th century Javanese artist Raden Saleh Syarif Bustaman and German primitivist painter Walter Spies. The museum space is also a center for visual and performing arts. There's also a library, a shop, conference facilities and a variety of courses and lectures.

The museum is housed in several traditional buildings set in gardens with water coursing through channels. It's fun to visit ARMA when local children practice Balinese dancing and during gamelan practices . There are regular Legong and Kecak performances. There are a myriad of cultural courses offered here. So much more than just a museum, the Agung Rai Museum of Art is an institution that aims to preserve and promote the Balinese and Indonesian arts. The museum features the massive private collection of Agung Rai, a leading art collector in Bali.