Bali - behind the scenes expo Tropenmuseum
26 May 2019

BALI - Welcome to Paradise

BALI - Behind the scenes

Endless sandy beaches, imposing temples, rolling rice paddies and the perfect surf scene. That’s Bali. At least, that’s the Bali we know…


Ended | This exhibition was on display until 26 May 2019 in Museum Volkenkunde.

Back in the early twentieth century Bali was a little-known travel destination, but a hundred years later the massive tourist influx means it’s bursting at the seams. And while the tourist boom has brought prosperity, behind the scenes it’s also has an enormous impact on the quality of island life.

In BALI – Behind the scenes you’ll see the pressure this island paradise is under, but also the resilience of island culture. Get to know the Hindu priest out to preserve traditions in his own way and meet the artist and activist Made Bayak whose work highlights Bali’s problems with plastic waste.

This exhibition takes you on a journey to Bali. Discover rituals you wouldn’t normally experience as a tourist and gain an insight into the island’s colonial past. Feast your eyes on rare artefacts such as palace treasures and intricate wood carvings, alongside the work of contemporary Balinese artists. Are you coming?

BALI – Behind the scenes is on show from February 14, 2020 through to January 10, 2021

Plasticology art by Made Bayak

A work by artist and activist Made Bayak, The secret Sanghyang dance for Ibu Pertiwi (see photo) was chosen as the image for this exhibition. With this work Bayak calls attention to the havoc wreaked on Balinese nature and ecology by investors who reap their profits from mass tourism. Bayak is battling to safeguard our earth for future generations and is training young artists to help him spread his message.

The secret Sanghyang dance for Ibu Pertiwi

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