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by on Monday, 13 July 2009No Comment | 4,781 views


While the presence of Indonesian textiles in the collections of ethnography and natural history museums around the world will come as no surprise, their appearance in prestigious fine art museums, leads to the question of whether they should be considered art or handicraft. The answer, of course, is simple. Old prejudices and assumptions that the anonymous art of indigenous or ancient peoples should be automatically categorized as handicraft have been discredited. Both contemporary curators and art historians now recognize the inherent beauty and creative originality of the finest textiles of the Indonesian Archipelago and have elevated them to the same status as paintings and sculpture. Museum Pasifika shares this view. Its collection, seen on the walls of the museum’s public spaces, not only seeks to honour this great Indonesian art form and the master weavers and dyers who conceived and wove them, but also to expand the horizons of this tribute. For these reasons, we are proud to invite you to the opening of our new show entitled Indonesian Textiles as Art. Weaving has traditionally been an art cultivated by generations of women, and, not surprisingly, the lyrical image of Balinese women weaving was one of the most popular themes in pre-Second World War expatriate paintings. Ni Pollok, the wife and model of the Belgian painter A. J. Le Mayeur was not only a great dancer but also a master weaver who always wore her own creations when posing for her husband. This is why we choose her as an icon for this exhibition. She symbolizes the gifts and artistic abilities of the anonymous weavers from all over the archipelago.

During the same evening you will be able to discover a very special map of Bali done for the Museum Pasifika by the famous Balinese artist Made Wianta. The art of Made Wianta will be introduced by art critic Jean Couteau.

Finally, to thank our art consultant and guest curator Georges Breguet, we will offer him a surprise gift by the Swiss artist Paul Husner.

The event will be opened by :
Bapak Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya
– Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board
19th of July, 2009 at 5.30pm – Museum Pasifika
BTDC AREA BLOCK P Nusa Dua. Phone : (62) 361 774935. E-mail :

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