Ubud is not only famous with its beautiful nature and Balinese culture, but you may also find many art collections here. Many artists paintings, from domestic and international are displayed at art museums in Ubud. One of the most famous Museum is the Museum Antonio Blanco Ubud. Antonio Blanco is located in Penestanan street, Ubud district, Gianyar regency.
Antonio Blanco Museum is an unofficial landmark in Ubud, the house and studio of the late flamboyant Philippine-born maestro, Don Antonio Blanco. Located on a hilltop overlooking the lush valley of Campuhan, it houses paintings, collages and illustrated poetry, together with lithographic artworks of his favourite subject: nude Balinese women. The private residence and lavish studio has guided tours of the facility, with the artist’s family members hosting you if you’re lucky. The thought-provoking collections, lush garden surroundings and a fine restaurant established in the name of the artist’s late wife and muse all provide a great stopover on your trips to Ubud.
Antonio Blanco received many awards will be works of art, such as :
– Former President Soeharto and President Sukarno, greatly admired the painting, which focuses on women’s physical beauty of Bali
– Tiffany Fellowship (a special award from the Artist Association in Honolulu Hawaii),
– The Chevalier du Sahametrai award in Cambodia,
– Awards and gifts from Indonesia former President, the President Sukarno
– Awards from Art Criticism in Spain.
– Award from the King of Spain who at the time was Juan Carlos I, with the title of “Don” in front of his name.
– and many more
Admission is 50,000 rupiahs, which gets you a fresh welcome drink and access to the galleries, studios and grounds. Enter the main building, and a massive marble hall lined with Blanco’s artworks in lavish and unusual frames soon surrounds you. Many colourful nude portraits hang in this room, while out towards the studio you will see various collages with 60s-era paintings and paintbrushes and dried paint in front of an artwork in progress, most probably that of his son Mario, who follows his father’s passion in arts. Various facilities are provided inside the Museum, such as restaurants, art shop, toilet and lounge.
Museum opening hours are every day, including holidays and Sundays, from hours 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.