Ketut Madra at the Exhibition Opening

Perhaps my greatest pleasure at the opening of Ketut Madra and 100 Years of Balinese Wayang Painting on October 7 was seeing the joy the event gave this modest 73-year-old artist.

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Most of the guests at the opening were Balinese and about half of them were fellow artists who wanted to have their picture taken with Madra.

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And Puri Lukisan curator Agung Muning (below right) finally realized the wish of his old friend Rudolf Bonnet to have Madra’s work in the museum’s permanent collection.

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Ketut also reconnected with old friends: Rucina Ballinger (left) and Rio Helmi (right) who’ve known him for almost 40 years introduce him to Catriona Mitchell.

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Madra and Ketut Sudarsa with one of their favorite paintings from the Tebesaya Gallery….

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Verra Mulianingsih and Luh Windiari, who translated the exhibition catalog into Indonesian, on Ketut’s right and left, with Julie Boak and Ketut’s wife Wayan Konderi on the right…

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And Ketut and me as the show began.

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