Neka Art Museum

December 28, 2009

neka-museum2IN THE VILLAGE of Ubud in the district of Gianyar, Bali, is the Neka Art Museum , formerly called the Neka Museum. The founder and owner is Pande Wayan Suteja Neka, better known as Suteja Neka, an art connoisseur. His father, I Wayan Neka (1917 – 1980), received recognition as the best carver in the province of Bali in 1960. He created a three-metre tall statue of the garuda bird for the Indonesia Pavilion at the New York World Fair in the United States of America in 1964, and another one for the same purpose at Expo 70 held in Osaka, Japan.

Suteja Neka began collecting paintings of high quality due to his close friendship with Dutch artists Rudolf Bonnet (1895 – 1978) and Arie Smith (born 1916). In 1975 Neka and Bonnet traveled to Europe to view museums and galleries. Neka’s aim to establish a fine arts museum in Bali was reinforced by this journey. After years of planning, the Neka Art Museum officially was opened by then Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture, Dr Daoed Joesoef, on the 7th of July in 1982.

neka-museum1In 1992 the province of Bali presented Suteja Neka with the Dharma Kusuma art award and gold medal on behalf of his devotion and efforts to raise the quality of and preserve Balinese art culture. In 1993 Neka was awarded the Piagam Hadiah Seni art award, the highest distinction in the arts from the Republic of Indonesia. It was presented by the Minister of Education and Culture in recognition of Neka’s devotion to the development of traditional and contemporary art in Indonesia. In addition, the award was presented in appreciation of his dedication in founding a high quality private museum. In 1997, the President of Indonesia awarded Neka with the Adikarya Pariwisata tourism trophy. The Pacific – Asia Travel Association ( PATA ) Indonesia Chapter presented him with the Heritage Award in the same year.

Over the years, there has been a strong commitment to constantly improve the museum. Every effort has been made, along with new initiatives, to fulfill the original of the museum. It also has carried out a program to mount temporary exhibitions.

Present a richly illustrated introduction to the history of the major styles of Balinese painting. Individual essays examine some of the important characteristics unique to classical puppet figure works, transitional style paintings, and different regional developments of art found on the island. Other sections cover contemporary paintings by artists from Bali, other parts Indonesia, and abroad. All of these styles are presented here as developments in the broader context of Indonesian art history.


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