Neka Art Museum

Top choice gallery in Ubud

Offering an excellent introduction to Balinese art, this impressive museum displays its top-notch collection of works in a series of pavilions and halls. Don't miss the multi-room Balinese Painting Hall, which showcases wayang (puppet) style as well as the European-influenced Ubud and Batuan styles introduced in the 1920s and 1930s. Also notable is the Lempad Pavilion, with works by the master I Gusti Nyoman Lempad (1862–1978), and the East-West Art Annexe, where works by Affandi (1907–1990) and Widayat (1919–2002) impress.

The museum is the creation of Suteja Neka, a private collector and dealer in Balinese art, and his collection is huge. As well as works by Balinese and Indonesian artists, there are plenty of works by foreign artists who have called the island home, including Arie Smit, Johan Rudolf Bonnet, Theo Meier, Louise Garrett Koke, Donald Friend and Tay Moh-Leong.

There's also a gift shop where quality local handicrafts can be purchased.


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