Irony In Paradise

We cordially invite you to the opening of group exhibition of Sanggar Dewata Indonesia Art Community



Date Opening: 6.30pm, 9th JUNE – 9th JULY 2013.
Museum Open everyday, 9 Am to 6 Pm


Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Gianyar
T. +62361976659

The Exhibition is the celebration of 17th years of the ARMA Museum and will be opened by senior Indonesian art lover Dr. Oei Hong Djien.

Art discussion will be held 10th June at 9.30 am at ARMA, moderatored by :
Mr.Agung Rai ( Founder of Arma Museum ),
Mr. Chris Dharmawan ( Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery )
Mr.Ridwan Muljosudarmo( Syang Art Space )


The prestigious Sanggar Dewata Indonesia (SDI) artist’s community was founded in 1970 during a turbulent period of Indonesia’s political history by a small group of young Balinese artists.
They were drawn together through friendships developed while studying at the ASRI (Academy Seni Rupa Indonesia), now known as ISI (Institute Seni Indonesian – Indonesian Arts Institute).

They were inspired by a vision of freedom of expression in art, through modern theories and techniques. Their dream grew to create a social collective to share ideas and knowledge utilizing art as its voice to connect with the greater community.

Mysterious images of an exotic island far off in the East Indies began to circulate in Europe early in the 1900s. During an era when Europe was reeling from the horrors of World War I and in fear of a communist revolution these images immediately caused a sensation.

They struck a cord with the disillusioned Europeans hungry for new experiences and a tropical haven. Soon after, free-spirited intellectuals, writers and artists began visiting Bali to document an idyllic and seductive world.

They discovered a ‘foreign’ culture, steeped in tradition, elaborate ceremonies, extraordinary art, music and performance, and gentle people living in a “nirvana” fringed by beautiful white sand beaches.

Walter Spies, a young German aristocrat settled in Ubud in 1927 and quickly became an expat authority on Balinese culture and a central figure in the increasing international exposure of the island. Perhaps Spies’ most enduring legacy is his contribution to the creation of the modern myth that is Bali – the dream of the island as a utopian paradise.

Much has transpired during the past four decades in Bali’s socio-economic, environmental and artistic landscapes. And now, nearly a century after Bali, and the myth of the utopian paradise was revealed to world, the artists of SDI unite to exhibit reflections of their island home.

As the modernization of Bali speeds relentlessly into the 21st century, SDI are witness to an unparalleled clash of cultures. The Island of the Gods scared balance and philosophy of Tri Hita Karana has become endangered and in Irony in Paradise, this collision of Eastern and Western values is under scrutiny.

‘Irony in Paradise’ is the annual group exhibition featuring paintings, sculpture and installations by the 130 members the Sanggar Dewata Indonesia.

For More Information Please Contact:

Mr. Agung Yudi, ( Managing Director ARMA MUSEUM & RESORT )
Hp. +6281337119888,
Mr. Agung Darma Putra : 081337198272
( Sales Executive Arma Museum & Resort )

Mr. I Gede Made Surya Darma ( Director Exhibition )
( English & Bahasa Indonesian) Hp + 6287860245769,
Mr. Made Wiradana, ( Press Media Manager )(Bahasa Indonesian)
Hp – +6281231972

Sanggar Dewata Indonesia

Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud, P.O Box 9696, Bali 80571, Indonesia. Phone: (62 361) 975742, 976659. Fax: (62 361) 975332

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