Finally, after a long season full of projects, I decided to take some time off and go to Bali for two weeks. But the island is not just a surfer’s paradise or endless shopping opportunities.
Bali is a veritable playground for art and design enthusiasts. Here’s why I chose this destination!
The Balinese create art wherever and whenever possible. That means art galleries, traditional art products, and an overall artistic vibe throughout the island. So many people on the island are involved in artistic pursuits, as dancers, traditional instrument players, painters, craftspeople, designers, and more. Here, may guide to exploring Balinese craftsmanship and its history.
Agung Rai Museum of Art and Neka Art Museum show fine examples of local painting as well as work from nearby village Batuan, famous for producing dark, densely patterned depictions of everyday life. To bring a piece of artistry home, there’s the Ubud Art Market, which, in addition to the area’s typical tourist wares (basket handbags, sarongs), also offers a veritable and well-priced selection of handcrafted trinkets.
Just south of Ubud, Mas dazzles visitors with its fine wooden sculptures. One can catch master carvers in action by visiting long-standing studio-galleries like Adil Artshop and Njana Tilem Gallery, which also offer exquisite works for sale.
Silver- and Gold-smithing, Celu
In Bali, precious metalsmithing is synonymous with the town of Celuk, whose main street is lined with several large jewelry outlets like Prapen, where it’s possible to watch smithing in action before perusing what seems like an endless supply of handcrafted baubles and bits.
Traditional Dance, Uluwatu
For the Balinese people dance is an integral part of religious and artistic expression. There are many different types of Balinese dances. If you are heading to the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, you’ll get to check out the Kecak Dance in the amphitheater. You won’t forget this experience in a hurry – it’s quite a spectacle!