the-maestro

 

Blanco, arguably the most famous and successful artist to ever live in Bali, built his

magnificent studio on top of a mountain overlooking the Campuan River. This flamboyant

building, a unique blend of Balinese architecture imbued with the spirit of his native Spain,

houses an interesting collection of works drawn from different periods of his long career.

During his life it was visited daily by hundreds of people from all over the world. The artist,

full of "Catalan charisma," earned himself the sobriquet "The Fabulous Blanco," an

expression that mirrored his talent for creativity.

SIGHTSEEING

 

While visiting the museum, please take a walk to other areas surrounding the main building. The Renaissance Museum provides a variety of facilities to aid your journey into the arts. Here you can find the studio where Master Blanco used to paint, the gallery that exhibits Mario's works of art, a gift shop, café and the family temple - a sacred place according to Balinese belief, where Gods are worshiped and ancestors honored..

 

GALLERY
"A thing of Beauty is a joy forever". It is painted on the wall of the gallery and becomes a reminder that the gallery has been a witness of the beauty of arts by Blanco's family. Nowadays the gallery presents a microcosm of Antonio Blanco's world and houses both of the maestro's works and Mario's.

 

 

STUDIO
Brushes scatter, the walls are covered by paintings and Beethoven symphony is audible vaguely - it is the atmosphere that will be found inside the studio where the master used to create his masterpieces. Frozen in time, the artist's studio is preserved exactly as on the last day Antonio Blanco painted in it. He has gone but the memory remains. Now the studio is opened to the public and it becomes the workplace of Mario, the maestro's only son.

 

 

CAFE
After wander around within the museum, you can relax and enjoy the genuine Balinese atmosphere in the museum's café. The café serves a range of European and Asian menus and snacks, including Balinese traditional meals.

 

 

AMPHITHEATRE
The amphitheatre was built for the Antonio Blanco's oldest daughter, Tjempaka, as an accolade for her performance. She used to be a dancer, an actress and also a model of several Blanco's paintings. Nowadays the amphitheater is being renovated to revive the Balinese performing arts. Balinese dances and dramas will be coming soon on The Blanco's Renaissance Museum's Amphitheater.

FAMILY TEMPLE
Temples are grand meeting place where the gods descend from their celestial abodes to meet with the community. Temples become the interface between the seen and unseen worlds of Balinese life. A series of gates divide the space into courtyards with specific functions. Within these courtyards are the various structures, which facilitate and give meaning to the activities of temple ceremony.

 

 

GIFT SHOP
The gift shop is open Monday through Sunday at 09.00 am - 05.00 pm, offering a wide array of Asian artifacts to suit all tastes. The special ones are handmade teapot and glass-platter with The Renaissance Museum's logo on them; all are made from ceramic. If you prefer something that you can wear, the gift shop also provides shirts and silk scarf. The merchandise have fair price both in US$ and Rupiah.