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Suteja Neka Founder and Director Neka Art Museum Ubud - Bali The Neka Art Museum was opened in 1982 and is named after a Balinese teacher Suteja Neka who collected paintings as a means of artistic documentation. Nowadays the museum has a great selection of works from many famous Balinese artists and expats who have lived here and influenced local artists.
Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (born April 15, 1916) is a Dutch-born Indonesian painter living on Bali. Since his arrival in Bali, Smit moved some 40 times, "to see what is beyond the next hill". He stayed longest in his favorite areas of Karangasem and Buleleng. He finally settled near Ubud in the village of Sanggingan under the patronage of Pande Suteja Neka, founder of the Neka Museum. In recognition for his role in the development of painting on the island, Smit received the Dharma Kusuma (Society of National Heroes) award in 1992 from the government of Bali. The Arie Smit Pavilion was opened at the Neka Art Museum in 1994 to display his works and those of contemporary Balinese artists. The Museum Bali in Denpasar and the Penang Museum in Malaysia also have collections of his work. Smit further had exhibits in Jakarta, Singapore, Honolulu and Tokyo.
Text & pictures: Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Arangement: Sanda Foi ş oreanu P.S. Not all paintings presented are in Neka Museum Sound: Gamelan of Peliatan - Dancers of Bali Gender Wayang, Angkat - Angkatan