Neka Art Museum is in the center of the city. Neka Art Museum was opened in 1982. The Museum is named after the collector and artist Suteji Neka, who founded it.
Suteji Neka is the son of Vaiana Neka, a gifted sculptor, who in the 60-ies of the XXth century was recognized as the best carver in the province of Bali. One of the most famous works of Vaiana Neka was the statue of the bird Garuda with the height of 3 meters, which was exhibited in the USA in 1964. Suteji Neka inherited from his father the love and talent for painting. In 1966, he exhibited his first works together with his father's works. Since then, Suteji Neka devoted all his spare time to the study of painting in Bali, and began to collect works of art. Suteji Neck was repeatedly awarded for his contribution to the development and preservation of the art and culture of Bali. Neka Art Museum received one of the highest awards for the development of traditional and contemporary art in Indonesia in 1993 from the government of Indonesia.
The Museum's collection has about 400 works. The Museum complex consists of 4 buildings. Guests can watch traditional Balinese paintings in the famous style “wayang”, which comes from the ancient shadow puppet theatre. There are also modern paintings, which depict scenes from village life, and black-and-white photos that tell about the life in Bali before the Second world war. The collection of products of wood and bronze sculptures are also exhibited here in addition to paintings. Fans of impressionism will enjoy the paintings of the Dutch artist Ari Smith, who settled in Bali after the Second world war. The Museum's collection also includes works of Walter Spies, Rudolf Bonnet and Miguel Covarrubias.
There is also a fifth building, which hosts temporary exhibitions.
I - VI: 09:00 - 17:00
VII: 12:00 - 17:00