Culture


In Memoriam : Made Wianta

Art In Bali | Nov 18, 2020

Sadness struck Bali’s art community as news spread of the passing of Made Wianta on 13 November 2020, at the age of 70. Made Wianta is considered one of Bali’s most revered contemporary artists, one who broke the mould of Bali’s classical and traditional painting and went beyond any possible creative expectations. His career has […]

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3 Balinese Ghost Stories to Scare You on Halloween

Culture | Oct 29, 2020

Being an island filled with mysticism, Bali is no stranger to ghost stories and eerie folklore. In fact, it’s practically part of the culture on the island! Both positive and negative forces must exist on the island simultaneously for balance to exist, this the philosophy of Rwa Bhineda. Both forces must be appeased. Stories of […]

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The Status of Balinese Women and its Evolution in Modernity

Culture | Oct 28, 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 since 50 years, when modernity […]

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Patung Bayi : The Myth of Bali’s Crying Baby Statue

Myth in Bali | Oct 15, 2020

A giant baby sits cross-legged facing southwards on the main road of Sakah in Sukawati — and it’s hard to miss its wide stone-head towering over you. Its catus pata location (the centre of an area, often deemed sacred) makes it a symbolic monument but when it was built 30 years ago, not a soul […]

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Dodit Artawan: From Photorealism to Pop Art

Art In Bali | Oct 02, 2020

Photorealism painting is a genre that demands extraordinary patience and skill. It involves the artist studying a photograph and then reproducing the image as realistically as possible in another medium, mostly in oil or acrylic paints.  Photorealism painting reached its plateau in popularity in the Indonesian contemporary art world about a decade ago, and Balinese […]

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Are the Balinese Becoming ‘Hindu-Protestant’?

Mystery, Myth & Magic | Oct 02, 2020

With respect to the small Protestant community of Bali, the title is not a joke. Because we may be witnessing a uniquely Balinese variation of what happened five hundred years ago in Europe with the Protestant Reformation… What did happen five hundred years ago in Europe? Not much at first, except that some people started […]

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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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