Now Showing | Bali — Welcome to Paradise at Museum Volkenkunde

 

Sacrificial altar in the shape of a mythical animal. Bali, around 1900, wood. Collection Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen. Photo: Ben Grishaaver

 
 

BALI — Welcome to Paradise

 

October 12, 2018 - May 26, 2019

 

Almost everyone goes to the Indonesian island of Bali, has been there or has it on their bucket list. Seductive travel descriptions and enthusiastic blogs guarantee you a dream vacation. That is not the complete story.

Museum Volkenkunde presents Bali on the basis of the famous ethnological collection and encounters with various islanders. Meet a Hindu priest who tries to maintain traditions and rituals, the activist artist Made Bayak who brings the plastic problem to the attention and with a resident who works in the tourism industry.

Learn more about the colonial era and how the rise of tourism is connected with it. Discover how paradise is under pressure, but that the culture is alive and kicking. Enter the exhibition as an inquisitive tourist and leave the museum as an inspired traveler with new insights and a more complete picture. 

 
 
 

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Doors to the ruined palace of Badung. Denpasar, Badung, circa 1800-1850, wood. Collection Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen. Photo: Ben Grishaaver

Danshesje, buitgemaakt bij de puputan van Klungkung, fluweel, goud, 1850-1900, Klungkung. Collectie Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen

Gouden offerschaal, buitgemaakt bij de puputan van Klungkung, goud, voor 1908, Klungkung. Collectie Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen