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Bali's rich artistic tradition is featured in many museums and galleries

Sunari Gallery

Sunari; a simple creation, a natural devise made of bamboo-to summon the sounds from the swirling winds. The Sunari beckons the spirited winds to rush through its many flutes and curls, giving sound and song to the celestial deities. It is this symbol (Sunari) of man's cooperation with nature to invoke the Divine; that is at the heart of this unique Gallery.

Set amidst the rice fields, the grassed roofed bungalows of the Sunari Gallery, house a treasure of artistic diversity. Within and around the many showrooms nature abounds, displaying the raw character of the natural Balinese artist. Sunari is a place to wander aimlessly in amaze of artistic expression. Unsolicited, you can lose yourself in the relaxed atmosphere that is so special about this place.

Brothers and master artists, I Wayan Gabrig and Dana S, founded Sunari applying nature as their primary ingredient. As success came to the brothers they were moved to share their fortune, thus Sunari was established as an artists haven-to paint and display works of art. Sunari's unique form and style comes from Gabrig's and Dana's united vision of art, embraced by nature and absorbed in communion with God. They have created a space where art can be deeply and patiently appreciated.

Encircled by rice fields, within jungle-like surroundings, the Sunari Gallery brilliantly bends art and nature and offers anyone interested in the arts an eclectic collection of Bali's finest artworks.

Marka Museum

Ida Bagus Marka and partner Ida Ayu Candra have a remarkable story in the Balinese realm of woodcarving. Following a teaching career of ten years, Ida Bagus Marka decided to switch professions to the woodcarving business.

Coming from a woodcarving community and as the head of his village, Marka already knew some of the best carvers in Bali. Prior to the popularization of the art, Gus Aji as he is commonly referred to, hauled a shipment of carvings to Jakarta and sold the lot for $50,000. Unfortunately a close friend who was living in Jakarta at the time borrowed the money for a quick turn over, and to this day Gus Aji has never seen it returned.

Back in Bali, broke and owing for the entire consignment of carvings, Gus Aji took up carving himself with his pregnant wife Candra as sales person. From their humble beginnings they have created a woodcarving empire where their 150 staff are treated like extended family and the grounds of the museum are like a king's palace.

In the years of growing, Gus Aji was always primarily interested in the art and wisely kept aside the masterpieces that came his way. The Marka Museum of Master Balinese Carving is an extraordinary tribute to many artistic genius' past and present. Ida Bagus Marka and Dayu Candra truly represent business in Bali, for their success is in their love for the art and their capacity to co-operate on a larger scale. The carvings in the Ganesha and Saraswati storybooks are only a sampling of the master carvings housed at the Marka Museum of Fine Woodcarving.

Rudana Museum

Throughout the Trisakti Trilogy, including the covers, we have chosen many paintings from the collection of I Nyoman Rudana. The reason for this is Mr. Rudana is a man of refined taste and the owner of one of Bali's finest galleries. His collection within the museum and gallery covers a vast array of styles and stories, and maintains the highest standard of quality.

I Nyoman Rudana is a patron of the arts with a keen mind for business. The type of business that most interests Rudana is not competitive in nature but cooperative, like the community organization (banjar) in which his life and work are grounded. His personal motto in business is the same as the Indonesian National motto; unity in diversity. The unifying principle of the Rudana Gallery and the other fine galleries of Bali is that they are all in the business of preserving and displaying the masterpieces of Balinese and Indonesian art.

The buildings and grounds of the museum and gallery are a tribute to the grand style of Balinese architecture and landscaping. The exquisite tastes of Nyoman Rudana are not just in art but also in the creation of a refined artistic environment in which many can draw inspiration and delight in resplendent beauty.
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