Culture


Jean-Philippe Haure’s Quest for Beauty

Art In Bali | Sep 10, 2020

A timeless artwork radiates undeniable excellence, along with a mysterious potency. It has a unique freshness embodied within it that is enduring, and it remains as vibrant as the day it was made. Such works are the design of genius; equal parts of the extraordinary – skill infused with distinct ideas. They are the result […]

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Penjor – Question Marks Against the Sky

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Sep 03, 2020

Like most storied places around the world, much of today’s Bali is a modern variation on the romanticised images of yesterday. But during Galungan, the quintessential Balinese traditional ceremony, Bali’s roads are arched with enchanting reminders of its ancient past. These arches, made of curved and decorated bamboo poles, are penjor. The archetypal penjor are […]

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The ‘Brave’ Monkeys of Uluwatu Temple: A Bali Myth

Myth in Bali | Aug 25, 2020

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is notoriously inhabited by long-tail macaques. Legend has it, these indigenous monkeys were once brave warriors to the Hindu high-priest who built the temple. Behind the tourist charm of the sea temple lie stories that may remain as myths. Perched on the edge of a limestone cliff jutting into the Indian Ocean, […]

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Meet Soemantri Widagdo, Art Visionary

Art In Bali | Aug 08, 2020

Agent of change, entrepreneur and Balinese art expert Soemantri Widagdo has over the past two decades had a significant influence upon the Bali art world. Volunteer curator and international liaison officer at Ubud’s Museum PuriLukisan for twenty years, following this, in 2016 he established Yayasan TiTian Bali (TiTian Bali Foundation) in Ubud. A not for […]

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Bali’s Art Landscape, Insight from Bali’s Curators

Art In Bali | Aug 07, 2020

Since the Kamasan era, Balinese art has largely been associated with traditional paintings. Army of ART•BALI and art curator Savitri Sastrawan, beg to differ, expressing how this no longer applies and should be detached from popular belief. We take a look at the development of art on the island from the eyes of these ‘caretakers’ […]

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Bali’s Eclectic Art Spaces

Art In Bali | Aug 05, 2020

Besides being home to luxurious resorts, a plethora of pristine beaches and the island’s all-around natural beauty, Bali is imbued with a rich history and heritage in its world of art. People from all corners of the globe come to the island not just for a taste of paradise, but to experience limitless discovery of […]

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In the Name of Love: Bali’s Notorious ‘Love Magic’

Culture | Aug 05, 2020

Whilst witchcraft was largely condemned in the ancient west, professional magic practitioners are widespread in Bali even today. With black magic being a popular resort to attract love, bending another’s will for admiration is not an uncommon practice on the island. Should we be worried? The old Indonesian saying ‘cinta ditolak, dukun bertindak’ (when love […]

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New Initiatives in Bali’s Creativity

Art In Bali | Aug 05, 2020

During the past century, the Balinese people have graciously welcomed tourists onto the island and shared their unique culture. Rich in practical and philosophical wisdom, the Balinese culture offers a vibrant, attractive ‘alternative’ eastern lifestyle to western cultural practices. Art and culture were the original tourism drawing cards, attracting the initial wave of tourists in […]

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Otherness, Nationalism & Balinese Identity

Culture | Aug 05, 2020

Journalist Eric Buvelot and socio-ethnologist Jean Couteau have recorded 20 hours of discussion about changes that have happened in Bali since the 70’s. The conversation was structured and segmented according to many different aspects of Balinese life, mostly from a socio-historical perspective, to trace all the overturning in Balinese mores in the last 50 years, […]

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Bali’s Next Generation of Artists

Art In Bali | Aug 05, 2020

It seems as if every Balinese has artistic blood running through their veins, expressed through painting, sculpting or performance. Whether its its origins are nature or nurture – likely the latter – it has resulted in a society that thrives within the creative realm. Yet, art is forever evolving. Even on an island where tradition […]

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