Conrad Bali Showcases Wayang Shadow Puppet Masters
Second installment of Living Lobby Art Exhibition Series pays tribute to Indonesia’s ancient artistry
BALI, Indonesia - Award-winning luxury beachfront resort, Conrad Bali, has launched the second edition of its Living Lobby Art Exhibition Masters Series 2015 that showcases the ancient shadow puppet art of wayang with an exhibition and workshop by two master puppeteers.
The wayang series marks the second of four quarterly exhibitions and workshops this year at Conrad Bali highlighting masterful works that represent the cornerstones of Indonesia art and culture.
Conrad Bali general manager Jean-Sébastien Kling said: "It is a privilege to provide an outlet for this deeply traditional art form to be seen by a wider audience. Wayang originated in Indonesia and we are delighted to connect our guests to an important part of the history, heritage and everyday life of the country.
"With this series we are able to provide visitors with greater understanding of unique customs and beliefs through the eyes of true masters of their craft."
From now until June 30, I Ketut Sudiana, also known as Sudiana, one of Indonesia‟s most respected shadow puppet masters and performers, will display his artworks in the resort‟s East Lobby Lounge. The exhibition which is open to the public, features some of Sudiana‟s best puppet masterpieces.
Born into a family of puppet makers, Sudiana studied puppet art under the guidance of his legendary father, I Wayan Nartha, since he was 13 and is credited for creating a new wayang art form called the „Golek Gede‟, a three-dimensional puppet.
On Friday May 22, I Wayan Wija, a Balinese master puppeteer and puppet maker, will conduct a workshop at his home near Ubud, Bali. Combining different materials from calfskin to glass, Wija will provide guests with behind-the-scenes insights into the ancient art.
Wija, studied wayang under his father at a young age of 11, performing and making shadow puppets for 50 years.
The workshop costs for US$50++ per person including refreshment and a day trip to Ubud.
For further information on the workshop and future exhibitions at Conrad Bali‟s Living Lobby Art Exhibition, artist biographies and high-resolution photos, please visit news.conradhotels.com/bali.
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