The artistic gem of Bali.
As an excellent, world-class centre for visual and performing arts, the Agung Rai Museum is perfect for art aficionados and culture vultures to discover Balinese and Indonesian culture and heritage in a single location. Founded by Anak Agung Gde Rai, a Balinese entrepreneur and art collector dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Balinese art and culture, the museum was officially opened by the Minister of Education and Culture in 1996.
Surrounded by lush tropical greenery, the beautifully designed Agung Rai Museum of Art features an extensive collection of works ranging from traditional to contemporary. Highlights include classical Kamasan-style and Batuan-style paintings created by indigenous artists of Indonesia, masterpieces by Balinese art extraordinaire Nyoman Lempad, 19th-century art pieces by late Indonesian artists Raden Saleh and Syarif Bustaman, and critically acclaimed paintings by international art legends Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet. Balinese tradition and culture are infused in every part of this charming museum, with bonus highlights being the in-house exhibitions on traditional Balinese gamelan orchestras, Balinese cuisine, and Balinese dance and history.