Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Asian Art Museum
Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance

200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
February 25th, 2011 - September 11th, 2011
Opening: February 25th, 2011 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu (Jan-Oct) 10-9; Thu (Nov-Dec) 10-5; closed Mon
Bali, videos, interactive programs, including dance, music, puppetry, performance


Lee, Hambrecht, Osher Galleries

Bali has long evoked thoughts of a tropical paradise. It is not only the balmy beauty of the Indonesian island that has attracted visitors, but also its performance and ritual arts traditions. Although Bali is widely known as one of the most vibrant centers of both visual and performing arts in the world, there has never been a large-scale, in-depth examination of its artistic traditions in the United States. Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance will bring the art and artists of Bali to San Francisco, introducing museum visitors to Balinese history and religious beliefs, and illuminating how performance and rituals are still integrated into daily life.

The exceptional artworks on view – many borrowed from international collections and never before seen in the US – range from plaited palm leaf images of rice goddesses to wooden statues of terrifying Hindu deities; painted palanquins to gilded thrones; offerings made for family shrines to masks carved for early tourists. Accompanying videos and interactive programs, including dance, music, and puppetry, provide a deeper context to the culture of Bali.

The Asian Art Museum is the exclusive venue for this exhibition.


This exhibition was organized by the Asian Art Museum. Presentation at the Asian Art Museum is made possible by  grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Koret Foundation; the Henry Luce Foundation; the Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation; the Walter and Elise Haas Fund; the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation; the Mary Van Voorhees Fund of the San Francisco Foundation; and Pacific, Gas & Electric; with additional support from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

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