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Jakarta Post

Pita Prada celebrates traditional Balinese paintings

  • I Wayan Juniartha

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 28 2009   /  11:08 am

Pemilihan presiden (Presidential election) by Ketut Sadia. JP/I Wayan JuniarthaPainting connoisseurs who find themselves stranded in Ubud this month should not curse their fate. Yes, the seemingly eternal traffic jams, the overzealous street hawkers and the hordes upon hordes of noisy visitors tend to make this little town a suffocating place to get lost in.However, for lovers of good paintings, the town currently offers a rare feast for the eyes: the first biennale of traditional Balinese paintings, featuring more than 150 paintings, including masterpieces from the past and breathtaking works from the present.“Pita Prada” (Golden Creativity), an obvious homage to Pita Maha (Great Creativity), the group of influential Ubud painters from the late 1930s whose works marked the birth of traditional Balinese painting, the biennale takes place at three of Ubud’s finest art museums: the ...