• Preserving Bali’s Rich Cultural Legacy

    Klungkung Regency Grants Icons of Cultural Heritage Status to the Paintings of Nyoman Gunarsa


    The Regency of Klungkung has declared 13 additional compositions by the Balinese painting “Maestro” Nyoman Gunarsa as iconic objects of Cultural Heritage Treasure (Benda Cagar Budaya).

    There are now 64 paintings housed in the Gunarsa’s Museum of Contemporary Classical Paintings located in Klungkung that are destined for eventual classification as cultural heritage treasures, with 51 more paintings scheduled for processing and reclassification in 2018. Also included in the Gunarsa collection of art housed at the Museum are shadow puppets, woodcarvings and ancient statuary.

    The legendary Balinese painter, I Nyoman Gunarsa, died in Bali on September 10, 2017 at the age of 74. He founded the Museum Seni Lukis Kontemporer in Klungkung in 1989.

    The Regent of Klungkung, I Nyoman Suwitra, explained on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, that the elevation of Gunarsa’s paintings to the status of cultural icons is the realization of the late painter’s aspiration voiced during a recent visit by President Joko Widodo to the Klungkung Museum.

    The cultural heritage status of the paintings paves the way for funding the ongoing care and safekeeping of Gunarsa’s collection by the Regency. Suwitra added: “I am pushing for the study on the remaining paintings to completed so they can (also) be classed as items of cultural heritage. In the future the museum will be integrated into city tours.”

    The Regency also plans to expand its list of cultural heritage objects to include the Kerta Gosa Hall of Justice in Klungkung and the Japanese War Caves (Goa Jepang).

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