Balinese Painting – Cultural Collision

We spent the morning at the largest national balinese gallery: Museum Puri Lukisan in Ubud. We were lucky, there was an opening that evening of a show of contemporary art by Batuan artists, and we got to see 46 artists’ work represented who have incorporated the impact of tourism and contemporary technology or political issues into their traditional way of making. Check out some of my top pics – I have a mix of contemporary, modern, postmodern and early works. One of my observations re the work from the 1930s-1960s is the remarkable resemblance of both the painting and the carving to that of the Inuit Peoples in northern Canada. Some of the carving looks as if it could be Haida from British Columbia.