Blanco Renaissance Museum is museum that located in Ubud, the house and studio of the late flamboyant Philippine-born maestro, Don Antonio Blanco. This museum is Located on a hilltop overlooking the lush valley of Campuhan, it houses paintings, collages and illustrated poetry, together with lithographic artworks of his favourite subject: nude Balinese women. This museum is surounded by lush garden and a fine restaurant established in the name of the artist’s late wife and muse all provide a great stopover on your trips to Ubud.
That take about 7 minutes walk westward from the Puri Saren royal palace and the main Ubud hub. Inside is a large garden lawn and courtyard before the main palatial building that blends Balinese and Spanish architecture, a homage to Blanco’s heritage. The Admission fee is 50,000 rupiahs, which gets you a fresh welcome drink and access to the galleries, studios and grounds. Inside of the main building you will find many colourful nude portraits hang in this room, while out towards the studio you will see various collages with 60s-era paintings and paintbrushes and dried paint in front of an artwork in progress, most probably that of his son Mario, who follows his father’s passion in arts. Here you will find only Blanco and his son’s works, there are no other artists’ collections. This museum strictly recommended for adults and art lovers – not for children, apart from the palatial gardens and a collection of gorgeous parrots and other exotic birds in the courtyard.
Moreover, knowing that one of Blanco’s paintings was once sold for 5 billion rupiahs in Singapore in 2012 really makes you want to explore more of the displays. After visiting the main gallery, you are guided through other studios, before exiting into a private parking shed. There are available several of Blanco Litographs and books about Antonio Blanco available for purchase at the museum. While visiting, the museum encourages visitors to take a stroll outside to the surrounding areas of the main building. The Blanco Renaissance Museum features a range of facilities to aid your journey into the arts. Inside of the museum you will also able to find a studio where Master Blanco used to paint as well as the gallery exhibiting Mario’s works. The museum’s café features a cozy Balinese atmosphere and serves a range of European and Asian menus and snacks. This museum is a great tourist destination for you to visit when you are in Bali.