It is the oldest museum in Ubud Village. The founders were scared that Balinese paintings which have gained recognition worldly would be disappeared to other countries while Balinese couldn’t see them. This fear led Rudolf Bonnet and Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati to establish and build Puri Lukisan Museum, the Palace of Paintings.
Struggling to preserve Balinese paintings from 1936, Rudolf and Agung Sukawati faced so many barriers. But their effort gained full support from Minister Education and Cultural Affairs and Governor at that time that in 1956 Puri Lukisan Museum was open officially to public. This museum specializing in modern traditional Balinese paintings and woodcarvings is set on Jl. Raya Ubud, near Ubud Palace.
Puri Lukisan Museum has three pavilions dedicated to pre war, post war, and temporary exhibitions. This museum opens daily from 08.00 – 16.00 boasts many collections or art pieces from Rudolf Bonnet, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, and many famous painters which were donated or purchased. Besides, this museum offers interesting classes where you can draw, paint, carve something, dance, and play gamelan.
When you are there you may find a little number of tourists. Many visitors who have been there said it is because Puri Lukisan is not well-advertised though this place is worth to visit. Actually start from 1994, this museum has been renovated in terms of physical condition, administration, and collections and this renovation was funded by the son of Agung Sukawati and Pienke Kal, the chairwoman of Dutch counterpart of Rudolf Bonnet Foundation. But the whole refurbishment seems need to be postponed due to financial issue.
Aside from the problems above, Puri Lukisan Museum showcases not only precious art pieces but also beautiful architecture and landscape. Get inside and found fine collections of paintings and woodcarvings. At this place you also can buy gifts and have a snack at the museum cafe and gift shop.