Many people don’t know how to look at art. Just watch those in an art museum, and you’ll see them hustling through, pausing for only a minute at each painting or sculpture and looking either bored or perturbed, before traipsing on to the next piece. For us at NOW! Bali, art is for enjoyment, fun, lifting our spirits and looking at art should be a pleasurable, immediate experience of intrigue and interest. In Bali, sadly, art museums are not like amusement parks; we don’t get to enjoy everything especially since there’s nobody to guide us through the exhibits, and tell us the stories behind the intricate art pieces. Of course we can always read about the art, but that’s just not the best way to appreciate it.

Text & Photo by Namhar Hernanto

Many people don’t know how to look at art. Just watch those in an art museum, and you’ll see them hustling through, pausing for only a minute at each painting or sculpture and looking either bored or perturbed, before traipsing on to the next piece.

For us at NOW! Bali, art is for enjoyment, fun, lifting our spirits and looking at art should be a pleasurable, immediate experience of intrigue and interest. In Bali, sadly, art museums are not like amusement parks; we don’t get to enjoy everything especially since there’s nobody to guide us through the exhibits, and tell us the stories behind the intricate art pieces. Of course we can always read about the art, but that’s just not the best way to appreciate it.

In response to this, a Bali-based, prominent historian-cum-art critic, together with his troop at the newly-launched Artpreciation program, is now taking art aficionados in Bali on an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections. Teaming up with ARMA Museum, the Art Discovery program by Artpreciation takes you on a guided tour, where founder of ARMA, the celebrated Agung Rai will explain the stories as well as the artists of his marvelous painting collections.

The collection includes the works of not only Balinese artists, but also other Indonesian painters such as Affandi, Raden Saleh, Sudjono, Hendra Gunawan, Srihadi Soedarsono, Abas Alibasyah and others. There are also works by foreign artists who drew inspiration from the natural beauty and culture of Bali such as Rudolph Bonnet, Arie Smit, Walter Spies, Le Mayeur de Merpres, Wilem Hofker, Antonio Blanco, Theo Meier, Donald Friend, and Hans Snel and others.!

Further details and bookings contact:

Artpreciation
Komplek Pertokoan Nakula Megah 5 Unit J
Jalan Nakula Timur, Kuta
Phone: 823 6733
Email: emelia@phoenix.co.id

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