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An Alternate Modernity: Twentieth-Century Balinese Painting

Illustrated lecture by Professor Adrian Vickers, Director, Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archaeology, The University of Sydney.

Monday, March 19, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brown Auditorium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Graphic: I N. Ngendon, The gulled tiger attempts to catch the goat with the help of a monkey (tantric animal fable), 1935/1936. Natural colours from fruits (according to brother, I W. Punduh) on drawing paper, 47 x 34 cm., Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, the Netherlands.

The talk explores the development of art in early twentieth-century Bali.  Evidence of artistic originality begins with the transformation of classical Balinese art in the nineteenth century when Balinese painters became interested in modernism and modernity. This talk will reassess the story of Balinese art in terms of a dynamic modernism, shedding light on its ingenuity and creativity. This history is examined through Balinese paintings collected by Western artists and scholars in the early twentieth century.

Adrian Vickers is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Sydney, where he is Program Director for Asian Studies, and Director of the Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archaeology. His books include Bali: A Paradise Created (Penguin, 1989), Journeys of Desire (KITLV, 2005), and A History of Modern Indonesia (Cambridge, 2005). His Balinese Art: Paintings and Drawings of Bali 1800-2010, will be published by Tuttle in 2012.

Kindly RSVP by March 15 to or 323-857-6528. Complimentary parking will be available in the lot at the corner of Spaulding Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.

Cost : Tickets: $5 LACMA members | $10 General Admission | Free for students with ID


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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