Anyone who has been to Bali will have witnessed the artistic sights all over the island in so many shapes and forms. When I visited Bali, I just could not stop taking pictures throughout my trip. The opportunities for photography on this Island are totally endless. If you are heading to Bali or planning to go to Bali and love art, then read on to see some of the fantastic markets and museums you can visit.
Balinese culture was strongly influenced by the Indians and Chinese, and particularly the Hindu culture, which began around the 1st century AD. According to records dating back to the 15th century, Bali was visited by traders from all over the world.
Each of the countries that visited the Island is said to have left various influences, which can be seen through the Balinese arts today. One example is from when Bali was ruled by the Javanese, you can see some of the remains of this at Gunung Kawi which are nine magnificent cut-rock tombs, an absolutely stunning place to visit.
Art is an essential part of Balinese culture and has been the case for hundreds of years. Whilst roaming around Bali, the opportunities for places to see art in so many different mediums is just incredible. From carved sculptures, paintings, offerings, Balinese dance shows, the beautiful temples, Balinese homes, the walkways, doorways, and handicrafts, Bali is an absolute art lovers paradise.
5 Art Markets in Bali
Around Bali, you can visit some of the markets that specialize in art or sell artistic items, here are few.
#1 Ubud Art Market
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
Location: Jalan Raya Ubud main road, opposite the Puri Saren Ubud Palace.
Known as Pasar Seni The Ubud Art Market, it is located in the center of Ubud opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace. The Ubud art market was also in the film Eat Pray Love (with Julia Roberts).
Here you will find a goldmine of arts/crafts such as painting, home decor, clothing, kites, hats, jewelry, and loads of beautiful handmade items. The goods you will find here are made in villages around Ubud and Bali.
A fantastic market to photograph and buy some amazing art pieces. There are a lot of places to stop and have a drink and eat in this area.
#2 Tegallalang Handicraft Centre
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Location: Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, North of Ubud
Located 30 minutes drive from Ubud, in the middle of gorgeous rice terraces you will find Tegallalang handicraft street and center. Here you will find a long road packed with shops and places selling all sorts of unique arts and crafts.
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Many people also stop by at the famous Tegallang Rice Terraces (which is a top site tourist visit when they come to Bai). Stay in the area till sundowns and capture some amazing photographs of the sun setting over the lush rice fields.
#3 Kuta Art Market
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Location: Jalan Bakung Sari, Kuta
Located in Kuta, here you will find a fabulous art market located next to loads of street food stalls as well as numerous restaurants. A great place to test out your bartering skills and buy some bargains.
Items sold here range from ornaments, clothing, home decor, paintings, and souvenirs. A great place to spend half the day exploring.
#4 Guwang Art Market
Location: Banjar Cemenggaon, Desa Guwang, Sukawati, Gianyar
Guwang Art Market referred to locally as ‘Pasar Seni Guwang’, this is a traditional art market in Bali where you can buy Bali souvenirs and handicrafts, the village of Guwang features many art shops and galleries for you to wander around and look at.
#5 Kumbasari Art Market
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 24 hours
Location: Jalan Gajah Mada, Denpasar
The Kumbasari Art Market is one of Denpasar’s main attractions, near the Badung River, and next to Badung Market. The market is the main source of arts and handicrafts, from around Bali Island, there are also many galleries you can visit and see live painting’s being done by the artists.
5 Art Museums in Bali
#1 Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
Location: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud
Agung Rai Museum of Art features traditional Balinese architecture.
You can see live Balinese dance performances normally Monday to Friday 15:00 – 17:00; and Sunday 10:30 – 12:00. Some of the works displayed here are by local famous Balinese painters and others such as Walter Spies, Rudolf Bonnet, and Adrian Le Mayer.
Arma is very unique, as it has numerous things the visitor can learn about such as woodcarving, Balinese dance, fabrics, food, and music. Arma will provide you with an amazing selection of things to do and see if you want to learn about Balinese culture and traditions.
#2 Blanco Renaissance Museum
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 09:00 – 17:00
Location: Jalan Campuhan, Ubud
Located near the Royal Palace in Ubud, is the Blanco Renaissance Museum. Within this museum, you will see a lot of Balinese and Spanish inspired buildings. Antonio Blanco was born in Manila Philippines, and moved to Bali from the USA in 1952 and married a traditional Balinese dancer.
Today the Blanco museum houses over 300 pieces of his artworks. The museum opened in 1998, his art has been compared to the artist Salvador Dali and artworks have been bought by many famous people including Micheal Jackson. Blanco passed away in 1999. The museum is home to many of Blanco’s artworks and artworks by his son.
There are beautiful gardens on site where you see lots of exotic birds such as parrots and other wildlife that have made the grounds their habitat. The site also has a cafe and gift shop and huge tropical gardens to relax in after visiting the art gallery.
The Blanco family do tours of the site with visitors at times and you get to see the art room where Blanco painted. A wonderful place to spend the morning or afternoon visit.
Maestro Don Antonio Blanco with his son @mario_blanco at his Studio. Our Young Master @mario_blanco was surrounded by art from early childhood. When he was very young, the elder Blanco invited him into his studio in Campuan to share in his great enthusiasm for art. Like his father, Mario Blanco also a painter and photografer.
#3 Museum Puri Lukisan
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud
Museum Puri Lukisan is located in the center of Ubud near the market, it has 4 buildings with a huge selection of paintings and sculptures all about the history of Bali and Ubud, there is a great restaurant on site that overlooks the lotus pond and lush gardens.
You can learn about the artists and Balinese culture through these artworks and information provided in the galleries. The area is surrounded by beautiful grounds and has lots of beautiful walkways and a very old spectacular Banyan tree. This one of the largest galleries on the Island.
Museum Puri Lukisan was founded and overseen by Ubud’s royal family back in 1936. You can easily spend half a day admiring the vast collection of artworks that focus on modern traditional Balinese paintings and sculptures.
It’s a great place to see and learn about the many styles from different modern, independent schools of Balinese art. The gallery houses arts for some famous artists that lived in the area such as, Batuan, Keliki as well as Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet.
#4 Museum Negeri Propinsi
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 08:00 – 15:00, Fri 08:00 – 12:30
Location: Jalan Mayor Wisnu, Puputan Badung Square, Denpasar
Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali is the island’s main museum and a central landmark in the capital, of Denpasar. This is the islands oldest and largest museum that has ever 10,000 artworks in several buildings on its grounds.
Here you will find paintings, sculptures, stone carvings, weapons from the bronze age, old masks, textiles, dance and show costumes, musical instruments and scriptures. This is a fantastic place to learn about Balinese heritage and history.
The areas of the museum are divided up according to different regions in Bali.
#5 Museum Gedong Kirtya
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 07:00 – 14:30, Fri 07:00 – 12:00
Address: Jalan Veteran No. 20, Singaraja, North Bali
Located in the North of Bali in Singaraja, Gedong Kirtya is a manuscript museum that has thousands of old Balinese manuscripts made on lontar palm leaves. In certain parts of Bali, this art form is still being today and you can buy your own custom piece or a pre-made piece.
The scriptures that are seen here cover, history, religious events, mythology, and literature. These scriptures provide us today with an understanding of life in Bali in the ancient times.
The museum was founded by the Dutch scholars on the island as well as the Balinese royalty and religious leaders.
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