This exhibition occurred in the past. The archival exhibition summary below describes the exhibition as it was conceived while on view.
Balinese Art features a selection of rich and varied works of art produced in Bali, Indonesia during the 20th century. Bali’s visual and performing arts reflect the Hindu religious beliefs of its people that are distinct from the predominantly Islamic culture found elsewhere in Indonesia. Artists drew inspiration from nature, village life, and narratives from Hindu epics and local tales.
The installation includes eight paintings and two ceremonial masks used for the central figures in the giant puppet dance known as Barong Landung, which may still be experienced today. Several of the island’s most well-regarded painters, including I Gusti Made Deblog (1906–1986), Anak Agung Gede Sobrat (1912–1992), Anak Agung Gede Raka Turas (1917–1993), and I Gusti Ketut Kobot (1917–1999) are represented.
Gallery 225 is devoted to the periodic rotation of Asian art and related objects. This installation celebrates a recent gift from John Orval Sutter (1926–2019), a native St. Louisan who acquired these works during diplomatic and professional postings in Indonesia during the mid-20th century. Balinese Art is curated by Philip Hu, curator of Asian art.