Today was a day full of galleries and museums. We kicked it off by visiting Museum Puri Lukisan. It was a beautiful place, filled with stunning artworks that were fitted throughout four buildings. It showed the way Balinese artwork has changed over time, from traditional historical art to the modern contemporary. The gardens were also an artwork themselves, and I possibly spent more time out there than what I did looking at the art. For no other reason, I photographed a house that was beside the museum. I find abandoned spaces and old homes interesting because the history those places must hold would be fascinating to hear. After relaxing with the group, we then headed off to NEKA Art Museum which was filled with not only traditional Balinese art, but also included international artists. Once again, the grounds were simply beautiful and I found another old house that was situated beside the museum. The next place we visited was a puppet and mask gallery in Ubud. I haven’t got much to say about this place, other than puppets freak me out and I didn’t want to spend a lot of time there! The detail on the puppets and masks was astounding, and I love the colours traditional Balinese art uses.
Contemplating on the assignment after today, I found that I was starting to lean towards the areas that surrounded the galleries and tourist attractions. After taking some photographs, I found it interesting to see such run-down houses besides these beautiful, grandeur art galleries and museums. Like they were some facade to hide the real social and economical problems that the people have living over there.