ARMA Museum

Museum of Art  officially opened on June 9, 1996 by the then Indonesian Minister of Education Wardiman Djojonegero. ARMA is managed by a foundation established on May 13, 1996 under the name Arma Foundation. 

A permanent exhibition of paintings by local and foreign artists living in Bali. Some of the pictures are owned by the ARMA Foundation, while others are on loan from the Agung Rai family. In addition to art exhibitions, theater and dance performances are held at ARMA and training courses and workshops are also offered.

Art collections range from traditional works such as Kamasan style paintings to bark or Stone works from the 30s and 40s to contemporary art. It is the only museum in Bali that exhibits paintings by Walter Spies, a German artist who lived and worked in Bali in the 1930s, and Raden Saleh, who is considered the founder of modern Indonesian paintings. Also exhibited are works of Balinese masters such as

  • I Gusti Nyoman Lempad
  • Ida Bagus Made, 
  • Anak Agung Gde Sobrat 
  • I Gusti Made Deblog
  • and foreign artists who have lived in Bali. 

These include Willem Gerard Hofker, Rudolf Bonnet, Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur and Willem Dooijewaard.

This museum is a collection of Balinese-style buildings, larger than traditional buildings. As far as possible, local building materials are used for construction.

The two main buildings are 3300 m² Balé Daja and 1200 m² Balé Dauh. They are surrounded by a large garden with ponds and fountains. Also at the base of the museum is the Hotel Arma Resort and two restaurants.