In this village there is art around every corner. Creativity is everywhere here, from pura (temples) to palaces, from galleries to gardens… even the shops are full of art, beauty and inspiration. I’m very passionate when it comes to art. Throwback to 2004 when it all began, with the exhibition of Tamara de Lempicka at Vienna’s Kunstforum. She paved the way for strong, successful and independent women of their time and her self-portrait in the Green Bugatti became known as the “hymn of the modern woman” – one of my favourite paintings of all time. At that time, it was unusual to see women driving cars, and her confident look.. the red lip and her blonde curl edging out of the head-hugging helmet – sense of speed, elegance & glamour. When in Amsterdam, I fell in love with Van Gogh’s “Cafe Terrace at Night“ that shows the exterior of a café which still stands in Arles (France) and I hope I get to see it and enjoy my coffee at this café one day. His another painting, the “Blossoming Almond Tree“ that represents awakening and hope makes me happy everytime I see it, while his “Starry Night“ gives me a sense of confusion. From time to time, I love to visit a gallery and I enjoy every minute of it. For me it is a place to relax, think and wonder about what the artists were feeling at the time they were creating these gems.
In Bali we visited the Don Antonio Blanco Museum – and it’s not like an ordinary one. He was the most famous and successful artist to ever live in Bali, built his magnificent museum by himself on top of a mountain overlooking the Campuhan River. Whole setting is SO beautiful… the garden, the house, birds flying around and mainly the paintings. What is really special about him – Blanco designed all the frames for his artwork and the frames are actually part of the art. I’ve never seen something like this before! He reminds me of Salvador Dali, I think he was inspired by him a lot. Scroll down and enjoy the photos I’ve taken for you, even though it’s forbidden to take photos inside 😀
Streets of Ubud
These offerings you get to see on every few meters on the floor . Every aspect of Balinese life is suffused with religion, but the most visible signs are the tiny offerings (canang sari, or sesajen) found in front of every Balinese house, work place, restaurant, souvenir stall and airport check-in desk. Their way to thank the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, a supreme god of Indonesian Hinduism. These leaf trays are made daily and can contain an enormous range of offering items: flowers, glutinous rice, cookies, salt, and even cigarettes and coffee! They are set out with burning incense sticks and sprinkled with holy water no less than three times a day, before every meal.
Kids celebrating “Galungan“ – a Balinese holiday, it marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremonies. The spirits of deceased relatives who have died and been cremated return to visit their former homes, and the current inhabitants have a responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings.
A little gallery I found in the centre of Ubud…
Maestro Antonio Blanco
Mingle Bar is the perfect way to end our day with delicious cocktails and a chilly street view…