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I Gusti Nyoman Lempad (1862-1978), born Bedahulu, Gianyar



The permanent collection of paintings housed at ARMA provides a wonderfulª@opportunity to enjoy a world-class selection of 250 paintings, ranging from traditional to contemporary works.
Traditional Kamasan-style paintings on tree bark, masterpieces by Batuan artists of the 1930s and 1940s including Ida Bagus Made Togog, Ida Bagus Made Wija, I Ngendon and I Tombelos, and the only paintings to be seen on the island of Bali by the artists Raden Saleh and Walter Spies can be found at ARMA. In a word, you'll find it all at ARMA.
A selection of Indonesian contemporary paintings, on loan from the Agung Rai Fine Art Gallery, is being exhibited in the Front Lobby area of ARMA.
The exhibition buildings are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission ticket to the exhibition buildings is Rp 2.500

In May 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Agung Rai donated 55 paintings to the ARMA Foundation. The other paintings exhibited at ARMA are from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Agung Rai, and at present two paintings are on loan (from the collection of Georges & Lise Breguet, and the collection of Rita Leavell).
Each year, Mr. and Mrs. Agung Rai plan to donate more paintings to the ARMA Foundation, and in this way the permanent collection housed at the Agung Rai Museum of Art will continue its growth. The collection began seriously in 1980, though Agung Rai has always retained favourite pieces. The works he favours radiate an energy which reflects the sincerity of the artist.
Agung Rai has selected the works in his collection based on what he describes as a spiritual connection he feels between a painting and himself if the painting has taksu. Taksu is a Balinese word for a power that can be sensed, that can not be intentionally sought or gained through study. It can be termed divine inspiration, a gift, a kind of charisma that can be bestowed by God to an artist, dancer, musician, carver, writer, orator or healer. Taksu is not constant, it does not necessarily remain with a person, rather it appears if the person is in an appropriate state of purity, or otherwise deemed suited for receiving a divine gift. It is because of taksu that a novice painter can produce a work of surprising power and grace.

According to Agung Rai

"The concept of taksu is important to the Balinese, in fact to any artist. I do not think one can simply plan to paint a beautiful painting, a perfect painting. The issue of taksu is also one of honesty, for the artist and the viewer. An artist will follow his heart or instinct, and he will not care what other people think. A painting that has magic does not need to be elaborated upon, the painting alone speaks. A work of art that is difficult to describe in words has to be seen with the eyes and a heart that is open and not influenced by the name of the painter. In this honesty, there is a purity of connection between the viewer and the viewed."

Agung Rai's feelings about the works from his special collection are such that he will buy back a painting which is no longer wanted by the buyer.
The affection he has for these works means that he gladly welcomes them back to the gallery where he can enjoy them once more. He has tirelessly sought and purchased many paintings that had been sold in the past and taken abroad. Bringing them back to Indonesia gives both Indonesians and foreign visitors the opportunity to enjoy them in a public space. Because so many paintings of value have found their way outside the island, it remains the responsibility of a few long-sighted nationals to keep works of merit in their rightful place for both historical and aesthetic reasons. Agung Rai has certainly continued to be aware of this responsibility.

The collection represents not only the work of Balinese artists but also artists from other parts of Indonesia or from abroad who have found inspiration and beauty on the island of Bali.
One of the most interesting paintings that he has bought is the first, albeit unsigned, painting done by Walter Spies in Bali. Foreign artists who have lived and painted in Bali are well represented in his special collection which boasts works by Antonio Blanco, Rudolf Bonnet, Donald Friend, Willem Gerard Hofker, Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merpr¶s, Theo Meier, Arie Smit, Hans Snel and Walter Spies among others.

Agung Rai feels that "Art is a very private matter. It depends on what is displayed, and the spiritual connection between the work and the person looking at it. People have their own opinions, they may or may not agree with my perceptions".

He would like to encourage visitors to learn about Balinese and Indonesian art, and to allow themselves to establish the "purity in the connection" that he describes. He hopes that his collection will be considered a resource to be actively studied, rather than passively appreciated, and that it will be enjoyed by artists, scholars, visitors, students and schoolchildren from all Indonesia as well as from abroad.

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