Artistic Documentation in Neka Art Museum

Neka Art Museum Ubud Bali is more than just collection of fine art inspired by natural beauty, people, and culture of Bali. This Museum is located at Jalan Raya Campuhan, Kedewatan Village, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali-Indonesia. That will be very easy for you to reach this interesting museum, you will need about 1 and half hour from Ngurah Rai International Airport and you can to go to this Museum by car or motorcycle.

The Neka Art Museum was opened in 1982 and is named after a Balinese teacher Suteja Neka who collected paintings as a means of artistic documentation. Nowadays the museum has a great selection of works from many famous Balinese artists and expats who have lived here and influenced local artists.


The Neka Art Museum collection is displayed in several buildings patterned after Balinese architecture. The main structures are for the permanent display of the government registered collection. Another building is used for temporary exhibitions. The Neka Art Museum has achieved high standards as a museum of international standing. By July of 1997 it covered an area of 9150 square meters, with 2580 square meters of floor space. The buildings are well maintained and the artworks are displayed and organized historically. The collection continues to grow over the years with over three – hundred pieces.

Neka Art Museum will be a right place for you to visit who are interesting in finding the great collections of Balinese painting and artist. This museum open on Monday till Saturday, from 9 A.M till 5 P.M. don’t worry this museum open in Sunday starting from Noon till 5 P.M. this museum must be one of many tourist destination that you must visit in Bali. the ticket price will be a reasonable price for you and don’t forget to bring your kids and your family, to learn and exploring together about Balinese art and painting. Here will be free entrance for kids until 12 years old.


The founder and owner is Pande Wayan Suteja Neka, better known as Suteja Neka, an art connoisseur. His father, I Wayan Neka (1917 – 1980), received recognition as the best carver in the province of Bali in 1960. He created a three-metre tall statue of the garuda bird for the Indonesia Pavilion at the New York World Fair in the United States of America in 1964, and another one for the same purpose at Expo 70 held in Osaka, Japan.

Suteja Neka began collecting paintings of high quality due to his close friendship with Dutch artists Rudolf Bonnet (1895 – 1978) and Arie Smith (born 1916). In 1975 Neka and Bonnet traveled to Europe to view museums and galleries. Neka’s aim to establish a fine arts museum in Bali was reinforced by this journey. After years of planning, the Neka Art Museum officially was opened by then Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture, Dr Daoed Joesoef, on the 7th of July in 1982.

In 1992 the province of Bali presented Suteja Neka with the Dharma Kusuma art award and gold medal on behalf of his devotion and efforts to raise the quality of and preserve Balinese art culture. In 1993 Neka was awarded the art award, the highest distinction in the arts from the Republic of Indonesia. It was presented by the Minister of Education and Culture in recognition of Neka’s devotion to the development of traditional and contemporary art in Indonesia. In addition, the award was presented in appreciation of his dedication in founding a high quality private museum. In 1997, the President of Indonesia awarded Neka with the Adikarya Pariwisata tourism trophy. The Pacific – Asia Travel Association ( PATA ) Indonesia Chapter presented him with the Heritage Award in the same year. It is hoped that the government’s recognition of the Neka Art Museum and Suteja Neka’s service to the arts will motivate other galleries to contribute their energy and devotion for everyone’s benefit.

That’s will be a nice trip for you in this museum, walking around the museum and looking for many beautiful painting from Balinese artist will be a nice trip experiences for you and your family.


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