Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Ubud-Bali

The Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) was officially opened by the Indonesia Minister for Education and Culture, Prof. Dr. Ing Wardiman Djojonegoro on 9 June 1996. The meseum is administered by the ARMA Foundation which was set up on 13 May 1996.

ARMA is more than museum. It is a centre for visual and performing arts, and provide opportunities for the visitor to enjoy the permanent collection of paintings, special temporary exhibitions, theatre performances, dance, music, and painting classes, bookshop, library and reading room, cultural workshop, conference, seminars and training programmes.

The permanent exhibition of painting by Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists includes the collection of the ARMA Foundation and works on loan fro the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Agung Rai. The painting range from traditional to contemporary including the following :
  • Classical Kamasan paintings on tree bark
  • Masterpieces by Batuan artists of the 1930's and 1940's
  • The only works to be seen on the island of Bali by the 19th century Javanese artist Raden Saleh Syarif Bustaman, and German painter Walter Spies
  • Works by Balinese mater such as I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, Ida Bagus Made, Anak Agung Gde Sobrat and I Gusti Made Deblog
  • Foreign artist who lived and Worked in Bali are represented by Willem Gerard Hofker, Rudolf Bonnet, Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres and Willem Dooijewaard among others
Temporary exhibitions by both Indonesian and foreign artist include paintings, textiles, photography, installations and sculpture, with greater emphasis on contemporary art. 

The museum is made up of a series of building which are designed in Balinese style, though on a grander scale than traditional Balinese architecture. Local materials have been used wherever possible. The two main building, the Bale Daja (3300 square metres) and the bale Dauh (1200 square metres) stand majestically amidst the gardens, ponds and fountains which are a major feature of the landscaping, as are the vistas to the surronding rice fields. The open stage is the venue for exciting performances of both Balinese theatre and visiting groups  from other parts of Indonesia and Overseas, as well as outdoor banquets.

Accommodation is available for visitors at Arma Resort which is located within the museum grounds along with two restaurants, Kokokan club and Kafe Arma and the Warung Kopi Coffe Shop.

ARMA open daily : 9am to 6pm
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: (62.361) 976659
Fax: (62.361) 974229
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