Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008

Tripoto
24th Jul 2008

A collage of some of the paintings in the gallery

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

Nature has its own art and artifice

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

A local artist crafts a traditional theme

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

Creating art in a serene environment

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

Fiery dancers set ablaze this canvas

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

Exotic, sultry and full of intrigue

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

A decorative cornerstone

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

Darkly seductive, this painting breathes mystique

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

The large statue in the distance is yet more evide

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

I’m really not sure if it is a man or woman and no

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

A fanged guardian. Notice the ornate design on his

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

As you can see, I’m already in a Bali Art Museum s

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

A lady attending to paddy, seen from the Rudana Ga

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

View from the upstairs window at the Art Gallery

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

A sitting Ganesh, chubby and bedecked with flowers

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

Cute and bizarre creature. I wonder what it repres

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

Another Ganesh, of a more mature age, meditates se

Photo of Museum Rudana, Bali, July 2008 by Gita Madhu

Bali, July, 2008

A visit to the Museum Rudana formed part of a day’s tour.  

We were staying at the Westin, Nusa Dua. This was an organised trip and we were all taken around.    

Influences from the mythology of the Indian sub-continent are present everywhere in Indonesia and, most especially, in Bali. Thus, it was no surprise to see many stone statues of Indian gods even as we entered.

Design  Founder Nyoman Rudana used the concept of Tri Hita Karana, art’s contribution to public wellbeing, to dream up a building combining space and environment, internal and external, including management, staff, the collection and other factors. It is serene and conducive to the enjoyment of art. 

Three stories tall, the building embodies Balinese architecture. Philosophically, it expresses Tri Angga, the three parts of the human body (head, trunk, legs) and Tri Manggala by which a compound is divided into three sections (inner, middle, and outer ). It also symbolises Tri Loka or the concept of the universe as divided into bur, bwah, swah (worlds beneath, intermediate and above).

The outer walls symbolise the Indonesian national flag: red (bricks) and white (sandstone). 

Not all the idols were easily identifiable to me. I would dearly have loved to have had someone around to tell me legends of local deities and guardian spirits.

In India, it is common to find Dwarapalakas, guardian deities. These can be found at the borders of small towns, outside temples and so on.

What won my heart most was the collection of beautiful paintings displayed in a lofty spacious room where the window overlooked green paddy fields, almost as if reality were another beautiful painting on the wall.

Displays This was the outside. I then turned inwards and was lost in swirling lines, colours, a world of dancers on canvas.

I loved the paintings on display. I now read that the entrance fee is high, but includes a free drink and a souvenir from the foundation. We did not get any such thing, I think!

Emerging out of the gallery, we encounter a small group of artists busy at work.

Out of the Way The museum is in a rather remote location and not easily accessible. All in all, it may not be on a must-visit list if you are on a short vacation. Also, Ubud, Bali, where it is located, has many other great places to visit. It will be a good choice if you have your own transport and can spend a day or two in Ubud.

When in Bali, do the Ubud thing Whether or not you visit Rudana, Ubud will offer many chances to shop, see lots of monkeys and plenty of other, more commercial,art galleries.

And so I left but Bali tends to fragrance memories every now and again.

This post was originally published on 'Tales from Travels'. 

Set amid green paddy fields, this quaint museum is a window on Indonesian art.
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
Photo of Jl. Cok Rai Pudak No.44, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia by Gita Madhu
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