Bali is all about exploring wonderful beaches, tasting local cuisine and shopping! But a stay in Bali can also mean taking a closer look at the culture. And if you want to experience the art and legacy of one of the most famous artists to live in Bali, you’ve got to check out the Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubud. If you’ve got some art loving kids in tow, a trip to the museum could be a great idea for a rainy afternoon.

The Museum has History

The Blanco Renaissance Museum is one of the most prominent museums in Bali. Sitting on the top of a hill, the estate started as a house and studio of the late art grandmaster, Don Antonio Blanco. Don Antonio Blanco was a Filipino-born artist and collector who moved to Bali in the 1950s. It was then that the King of Ubud gave Blanco a piece of land in Campuhan, Ubud where he built his estate.

Blanco lived on the island with his Balinese wife Ni Ronji, who was a famous dancer. After getting married and building a family, Don Antonio Blanco filled his home with numerous paintings, and illustrated poetry. His collection grew into hundreds of lithographic artworks and collages. Eventually, Don Antonio’s collection grew so large that his home was converted into a museum.

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It’s a Unique Experience

At the museum’s entrance, guests are treated with a beautiful water wall and river that leads straight into the secluded Blanco estate. A sprawling garden and courtyard with fountains surround the Blanco estate. Your welcome to enjoy the tropical gardens that are home to hundreds of exotic birds.

The mansion is designed with a mix of Balinese and Spanish architecture, which Don Antonio was a great fan of. The exteriors and interiors of the Blanco home are just as art-centric as the man of the house. Every corner of the museum is filled with elaborate carvings and paintings. As soon as you set foot inside the museum, it feels like you’re being transported back to the 1950s!

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There’s Beautiful Art

The art pieces on display are created by Antonio Blanco and his son, Mario. As a painter, Don Antonio’s artworks are still in high  in demand. So much than one painting was sold for 5 billion rupiahs in 2012. Don Antonio’s artworks illustrate the best of Eastern and Western influences, product of his many travels. Numerous colorful portraits are hung around the exhibit area and paintings of the 60s era adorn the rest of the house.

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For those who love collecting art books, you can purchase some books and lithographs in the museum. If you’re lucky, a member of the Blanco family will come and give you a personal tour! The tour costs 50,000 rupiahs. The fee is inclusive of drinks and access to the museum’s studios and galleries.

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Details:

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 09:00 – 17:00

Location: Jalan Campuhan, Ubud

Tel: +62 (0)361 975 502