Conrad Bali Showcases Wayang Shadow Puppet Masters

Second installment of Living Lobby Art Exhibition Series pays tribute to Indonesia’s ancient artistry

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.  

Lighting the way: Conrad Bali launches the second in its Masters Series of exhibitions and workshops, introducing the ancient art of Wayang to guests.   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.”                          

Wayang Exhibition

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.  

Wayang Workshop

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.     

About Conrad Bali

Conrad Bali is a luxury beachfront resort located on the southern coast of Bali, an island in the Indonesian archipelago with an alluring blend of natural beauty and timeless traditions. Contemporary in design, the resort boasts panoramic views to the ocean, pools and gardens and features 353 guest rooms and suites, inspired dining options, extensive meeting, event, and leisure facilities including the Jiwa Spa. The resort is also home to a beachfront wedding venue, Infinity. The exclusive Conrad Suites is located on a private wing and offers enhanced privacy with personalized service.  

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