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Museum of Classical Balinese Painting

Nyoman Gunarsa Fights for More Visitors to the Museum Seni Lukis

(4/27/2012) The Bali Museum of Classical Balinese Paintings (Museum Seni Lukis Klasik Bali), also known at the “Gunarsa Museum,” in deference to its founder Nyoman Gunarsa, has had only 1,000 foreign tourist visitors in 2011.

The Museum is located in the village of Banda in Klungkung, 45 kilometers northeast of Denpasar.

Qutoed in MICON, the founder and manager of the museum, I Nyoman Gunarsa, said: “the total (of visitors) is relatively small compared with museums in Ubud, which are already acknowledged as interesting tourism objects.”

Gunarsa, a leading artists of Bali in his own right, says he hopes more visitors will come to the museum in the future, assisted by expanded artistic and cultural activities within the museum complex.

He continued: “Although the distance is relatively far from Denpasar and the regency of Badung where (most) tourists stay, many tourists who visit East Bali find the opportunity to come to the museum.”

Gunarsa, who also serves as the chairman of the Bali Museum Association (Mimusba), added that his museum is the most popular located in the eastern part of Bali. attracting 1,000 domestic visitors each year.

The Gunarsa Museum has a collection of 400 objects comprised of 160 classical Balinese paintings, 46 statues, and 194 puppets, daggers and ancient objects d’art.

The Bali Museum of Classical Balinese Paintings will present a festival of Bali development and on the Gamelan Gong Kebyar from July 15 until mid-August.