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BALINESE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE FROM THE KRYSZTOF MUSIAL COLLECTION. Adrian Vickers. Polish Modern Art Foundation, Warsaw, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Tuttle Publishing, North Clarendon. 168 pp. with 206 ills. (165 col.). 32 x 23 cm. ISBN 9788361785538 In English.
Publisher's description: Collections usually grow out of interests, ones that come to border on obsession. Collecting art from Bali often begins with a love of the island itself, but can take different directions depending on the experiences we have there. The Krzysztof Musial Collection is one clearly based on encounters with the island and its culture, and from that basis the collector has accumulated works that are both new and old, representative of the known history of Balinese art, but also of the most recent developments in the style of Bali. The older styles of art were focused around areas of power, palaces and temples. Art was consumed by the competing Balinese kings, who strove to make their palaces the most beautiful and ornate on the island. Likewise these many kings, queens, lords and ladies dressed in the most lavish textiles, from imported Indian cloths to local home-spun products, many of which were woven in the palaces. Kings and priests were meant to be practiced in the arts themselves, and did their own carving and painting, but they also cultivated and supported great artists and craftsmen so that they would become their dependents.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — Indonesia — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Painting, Sculpture
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174021
Paperbound $30.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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