Musem Puri Laksana
This museum built in the middle of 1950s has a collection of the best paintings coming from various art schools in Bali. It is located in the center of Ubud city, at the edge of Jl Raya Ubud and it supplies collections of paintings sold to visitors. The museum is open from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Museum Puri Laksana is not a large museum but it has beautiful and well taken care of art collections. The building of this museum has been finished to be renovated and having beautiful parks and water ponds. This museum has been succeed to give a description of the trend change of Balinese painting art from the first trend emerged in Ubud, from the traditional style which only has religion theme and puppet painting, to the modern style at present. In the changing era, Ubud painter artists pioneered the using of modern painting equipments and started to paint objects which figured out daily activities of Balinese community.
Rudolf Bonnet artist, supported by Pangeran Cokorda Gede Agung have an important role in the style changing of Balinese paintings. Besides, both of them are also commendable for their attempt to keep and preserve the Ubud artist work paintings by building this museum in 1973.
Museum Neka was built by Suteja Neka in 1976, a collector of Balinese art. This museum has a collection of beautiful and various arts exhibited to visitors attractively. Museum Neka is the best place to study the development of Balinese painting art.
It is located at Jl Sangiran and open every day from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. the visitors are not allowed to take a picture, especially by using a flash lamp. This museum has a cafe with its beautiful background panorama located in a strategic location for there are public transportations of Ubud-Kintamani route crossing the street.
Museum Neka has some rooms, like a room exhibiting local artist works influenced by leather puppet art. In the other side of the museum, there are collections of the young artists paintings from various art schools in Bali. Meanwhile, in the Lempad pavilion there are exhibitions of various famous Balinese artist work paintings, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad.
Museum Neka also has collection of paintings from outside Bali, such as the works of Abdul Azis, Affandi, Duillah, and Anton Kustia Wijaya. All of the paintings are set in a room labelled Ruangan Seni Indonesis Kontemporer. On the top floor of museum there are collections of foreign painters work paintings, such as Louse Koke, Miguel Covarrubias, Rudolph Bonnet, Donald Friend, Han Snel, and Antonio Blanco.
Suteja Neka also has an art gallery named Neka Gallery which is located separate from the museum, that is at a road behind Toko Ganesha. Neka Gallery has many art work collections in high quality from the Balinese artists and foreign painter works, such as Snel and Smit. Many of the paintings in this gallery are sold in high price.