Contemporary art discourse has brought together the notions that once established and standard with the inevitability of the variety of art that becomes more flexible now. Pure art and the art of the same great tradition, according to each adherent, now meet not only as a visual concept or performances in a work, but also in a wider space.


So it becomes necessary, a space or stage that provides a place for profane modern paintings or statues and paintings or sculptures that were originally part of a sacred tradition of meeting and performing simultaneously. Modern dance or theater performances are in one stage with traditional dance or theater. Even if, both conceptualized flexible in a show.. This necessity certainly does not necessarily deny the meaning of sacred, submissive and defeated traditions in the face of modern art that is considered more intellectual value. Because after all, both have a place in academic studies as well as in the area of ​​creation that will continue to be sustainable through their respective adherents.


Contemporary art in this case provides an equal space or stage. In Nusa Lembongan (Bali) the young artist Komang Rai Kastawan (commonly called Rai) tries to pioneer a space to unite or at least provide a place for modern art and traditional art in a creative space full of necessity


As he said, that after the art studies at the Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) in Yogyakarta, Rai sees the gap between the acceleration of tourism and the awareness and practice of arts and culture in his homeland. Starting from such an idea, from his creative anxiety to provide a broader understanding of the changing paradigm of today's arts, Rai intends to fulfill his dream to establish a contemporary art gallery in his ancestral land in Nusa Lembongan.


This business is proved to be slowly and steadily getting a positive response from local people and domestic travelers as well as foreign travelers. Begin by building RAS (Rai Art Store) in seewead area by displaying small format painting and T-shirt painting (handmade). Her parents' house that she had set up her own private studio had been overhauled to fulfill this wish.


After a one-year development process, this gallery has not yet met the expectations of eligibility standards for performing arts events and other cultural activities. Therefore, Rai continues to spur the passion to continue to improve it as his first big dream, by placing it above his personal interests. The international standard art gallery has two floors, downstairs as a studio as well as a family residence and upstairs as an art room. With Asymmetrical building form, it is challenging the imagination of visitors and artists in responding to this place.


This contemporary art gallery consists of several spaces:

The first, RAS (Rai Art Space), is a space for displaying works of art. Rai’s hope, this space in addition to displaying his artworks, can also be used by other artists to introduce their modern arts to a wide audience.


Secondly, RAS (Rai Art Stage) Contemporer is a modern stage for multi media performances. Performances of performances broadly (music, theater, contemporary dance, installation art or some combination of them) can be facilitated through this stage.


The third, RAS (Rai Art Stage) Traditional, a stage for traditional arts performances that will involve traditional artists in Nusa Lembongan. Of course, this stage is to introduce the traditional art of Nusa Lembongan or Bali (performing arts) in general to travelers interested in Balinese art-culture. Thus, he supports the Lembongan tourism program and can become a government partner through the relevant agencies.


The fourth, RAS (Rai Art Studio) is a space that integrates with nature for imagination. It is expected that this space can trigger a creative climate among fellow artists. On the top floor of the studio is also provided space/room, which blends with Rai Art Stage Contemporary, for residency artists from anywhere who wish to fill it.


And lastly, RAS (Rai Art Store) a store to promote and sell works. Rai Art Store is separate from the gallery complex. Located in the strategic center of Nusa Lembongan's tourism (seaweed area) by selling smaller works (not souvenirs) and handmade works in the form of pictorial T-shirt, the store is still networked and a starting point for getting to know its contemporary art galleries . In his straightforward artistic concept, Rai states, he tries to play around (in the context of aesthetic art) among the traditions of Lembongan and the modern image he considers ridiculous, obscuring traditional local society in the face of the threat of modernization from the advancement of the times, Hajri (art curator).




RAS (Rai Art Store)

Lembongan Seaweed Farm Area

Lembongan Village, Nusa Penida

Klungkung, Bali. 80771


Phone: +62 813 2871 1145

RAS (Rai Art Space)


Jalan Bukit Sari


Banjar Kelod, Lembongan


Nusa Penida, Bali. 80771



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