Monday, January 18, 2010
New Hindu Temple and Arts Center in Bali
KLUNGKUNG, BALI, January 7, 2010: Klungkung is often described as the birthplace of Balinese culture because it was here that Javanese Hindus relocated after the end of the Majapahit kingdom 700 years ago, recreating classical Hinduism on the island. In Klungkung a new performing, visual arts center and contemporary art museum is being built.
The Arts Monument, or Monumen Kesenian, is being constructed by a team of 40 craftsmen on 9.8 acres adjacent to the decade-old Nyoman Gunarsa Museum, including the Museum of Classical Balinese Painting. When completed, it will be the largest arts center in the regency, and one of the biggest in Bali. The originator is Nyoman Gunarsa, founder of Bali’s only museum of classical art, is famous in Indonesia and many parts of the world for his vivid pictorial evocation of Balinese culture in paintings of ceremonies and dances. The soft opening of the Arts Monument will coincide with the opening at the same site of Visit Museum Year 2010, organized by the Museums Association of Bali (Himusba) of which Gunarsa is chairman.