Museum Pasifika is a truly under-appreciated and poorly known attraction. It is a splendid museum, and is highly recommended for anyone interested in the art of Bali, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific region. Look for the exhibitions focused on European artists who made Bali their home, as well as renowned local painters.
The museum is an initiative of a small group of French and Indonesian art lovers and antique collectors. The Museum Pasifika collection is dominated by cultural and Balinese life themes. Here one can admire the works of the famous painter Nyoman Balinese and Javanese Gunarsa artist Raden Saleh, to name a few noteworthy Indonesian artists. The museum is located at the centre of Nusa Dua attractions, that makes the museum often gets visited.
Pasifika museum also has an educational function. Visitors to the museum gain insights into the cultural life in Southeast Asia by the themes of the works of art and antique collections.
Museum Pasifika has a lobby and several galleries, built with Balinese architectural elements.
There are 11 galleries with different art forms. Galleries 1-5 are provided with works by artists who live in Indonesia (attended) or have visited. These are Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, French, and Indo-European artists. There are works from Paul Gauguin, Theo Meier,
Le Mayeur, Rudolf Bonnet, Arie Smith, Hendrik Paulides, Isaac Israel, Emilio Ambron, and many more.
Temporary exhibitions are held in gallery six. Gallery seven is devoted to the art of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, while room eight Polynesian and Tahitian art represents. Paintings by Aloi Pilioko and Nicolai Michoutouchkine be admired in hall nine, along with a number of works from Vanuatu and the Pacific Islands.
"Tapa" (bark artwork) from Oceania and the Pacific can be seen in gallery 10, while
gallery 11 shows a number of paintings from Japan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines. Museum Pasifika is not only a major international tourist attraction; but it is also a social and educational center for both students and artists.