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Balinese artists showcase collective spirit

I Wayan Juniarta

The Jakarta Post

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Denpasar, Bali  /  Wed, April 10, 2019  /  05:57 pm
Balinese artists showcase collective spirit

Taking a look: Exhibition visitors talk in front of a painting. (JP/Wayan Juniartha)

A collective of Bali-based artists, both old and new, has initiated an exhibition that bridges traditional and contemporary styles. The paintings are both hilarious and unsettling at the same time.  One portrays a dark-skinned angel having a bubbly bath. Her wings are pressed against the head of a huge green bathtub that stands next to a calm swimming pool. Rows of palm trees and a range of mountain are seen in the distance. It would be a perfect image of a tropical paradise if not for a strange looking figure at the bottom left of the painting. Hidden from the sight of the angel, the character — dressed in the red and blue superhero suit of Superman — is trying to snatch the angel’s undergarment away. Mencuri Kedalaman Surga (Stealing Paradise) by I Wayan Gede Suanda. (JP/Wayan Juniartha) The scene was clearly inspired by a famous local folklore sto...