The Puri Lukisan Ratna Wartha Museum (Indonesian: Museum Puri Lukisan Ratna Warna) is the oldest art museum in Bali which specialize in modern traditional Balinese paintings and wood carvings. The museum is located in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. It is home to the finest collection of modern traditional Balinese painting and wood carving on the island, spanning from the pre-Independence war (1930–1945) to the post-Independence war (1945 – present) era. The collection includes important examples of all of the artistic styles in Bali including the Sanur, Batuan, Ubud, Young Artist and Keliki schools.
Ida Bagus Nyana was a talented wood sculptor and a gifted dancer. He is known for his impressionistic, elongated woodcarvings whose fluid shapes, devoid of excessive detail, often appear as if they had been pulled from taffy. His sculpture of the Goddess Pertiwi (Mother Earth), with its spidery legs and coiled serpent, is dreamlike and surrealistic. Nyana's son, Ida Bagus Tilem, was also a talented woodcarver. Both father and son were known for their ability to impart life to inanimate wood, thereby transforming it into magnificent forms with a sense of movement and full use of all the dimensions.
|Monday||12:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
|Tuesday||12:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
|Wednesday||12:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
|Thursday||12:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
|Friday||12:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
|Saturday||12:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
|Sunday||12:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM|
macy Wilson | Dec 29, 2017
The museum has a beautiful garden as the setting for the four galleries of exhibitions of Balinese paintings. The paintings are mainly Balinese traditional art and very interesting and beautiful. I wish there were more explanations in English for some of the art work. The entrance tickets included a drink and cake at the museum cafe but we did not pay attention to read the tickets. I wish we could be made aware of this because after two hours of touring the museum we could use some refreshments. The price was good if we could have the chance to enjoy the drink and cake. Nice introduction to Balinese traditional art.
Roy Satyanusa | Oct 18, 2017
A perfect place to know about Balinese' history of art especially painting and carving. It's a huge place and surrounded by gardens, typical of Balinese garden. I always love the Balinese paintings because it makes my imagination get active. Imagining Bali as in the pictures and I love how the artists see Bali and how they create it into the canvas. All of the paintings there are majestic and masterpiece. I almost spent about 1,5 hours to see all the collections. The ticket price is quite high around Rp85.000,00 for locals as me, but hey, the art is priceless and precious right?
Rinaldo Hartanto | Jan 27, 2018
Fascinating museum with significant historical value. It could be so much better with more professional curation, display, captions and lighting. Parking lot is spacious, no wheelchair access unfortunately.
Scott Wasnt | Feb 24, 2018
Interesting just not enough of interest to charge 85k idr for. Only bother if you are really interested in Balinese art.
Scott Mitchelmore | Dec 7, 2017
Well worth a visit if you are interested in Balinese and wider Indonesian art, history and culture. There are several buildings to enter and discover permanent and temporary exhibitions. The grounds themselves are exceptionally well maintained.
Craig Brockway | Mar 30, 2018
The pleasure of seeing some of Ubud Bali preserved is immensely pleasing, a nice reprieve from the commercialization of a once wonderful land.
Eri van | Apr 29, 2018
Great museum with amazing arts in four galleries. Get a free tea in the cafe, watch some painters doing their arts and musicians playing local instruments are one plus. The negative point is that most of the buildings don’t have a properly ventilation and illumination.
Armando Winata | May 5, 2018
85k idr for ticket and free drink Nice collection A lot of local story art based on hindu
maganda meann | May 17, 2018
Nice and very interesting the museum of bali indonesia.the people are good.i meet the nice student kids and we take a picture together.the place is clean. lots of very good and interesting history in the museum .The one thing i noticed is the tour guide asking 200k rupiah for accompanying you😀
Luc & Genny LE CALVEZ | May 29, 2018
Peaceful garden around modest museum recalling days when foreign and local painters aspired to more influence from the Ubud school on the worldwide scene
Stella Simon | Jul 3, 2018
Very nice museum, you can learn a lot by reading the story's and titles of the images. And Also the garden is quite beautiful. Unfortunately we didn't have a guide and had no one to interview in case, think that would have make it even better.
beatt | Jul 13, 2018
It consisted of 4 buildings if in not mistaken and there were current art pieces and really old falling apart ones. For the paintings that refer to cultural lores or myths the description of the art explained briefly the back stories. Enjoyable overall experience.
Tymoteusz Miłowanow | Jul 3, 2018
Well worth the visit, even though museum itself isn't very special (don't get me wrong some art presented there is spectacular), it's the place if you want to take a break from chaotic Ubud streets and see a magnificent garden. And you get a complimentary drink and a cake!
Patrick Lin | Jul 14, 2018
If you are wandering around downtown Ubud and don’t have specific plan then you might consider this museum. The ticket is a bit expensive consider the living cost in Ubud. The collections is mostly paintings with decent amount of wooden sculptures and contemporary art. Apart from presenting you South Asian cultures and religions. The most interesting thing is that the painting technique and media is quite different from what you see from the Louvre. And some interesting story of the relationship between Sukawati and American ambassader and president. Plus you can gets free coffee with your museum ticket. (The quality of the coffee was not good tho).
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