Sudakara Art Space at Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur hosts exhibition of Balinese artist, I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih
Her style is instantly recognisable. Lurid colours and forms, graphic symbolism with strong sexual themes; a dream-like, warped, playful surrealist quality. This is the art of controversial Balinese artist I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih, known simply as Murni. Her artwork knew no bounds. She painted prolifically, manically, until her death in 2006 –- leaving an impressive opus of artworks that continue to influence, and alter, artistic discourse in Bali and the world.
During her lifetime, her art was described as ‘taboo’ and ‘dirty’. However, in the years since her death, art critics have come to see the pioneering and confrontingly honest nature of her works, both in the contexts of her artistic explorations and her own experiences of spousal violence and sexual abuse by her father. Murni, who passed away in 2006, would have turned 50 in July 4th this year. Although Murni herself never claimed she was a feminist artist or a social activist, through her provoking and intensely personal art she is now recognised for raising important social and feminist themes such as gender-based violence, reproductive health, social mobility and art therapy. It is in this spirit that the “Merayakan Murni” exhibition is highlighting her life and her art.
Sudakara Art Space, Sanur’s premier art gallery, is taking part with Ketemu Project Space in this year-long project to celebrate the legacy of the art of Murni that features a month-long exhibition of selected works from the artist, from 16th July to 18th September 2016. The exhibition will not only feature previously unseen works from Murni herself, unveiled ten years after her untimely death, it also brings together fifteen artists from Indonesia, including Dewa Putu Mokoh, who helped her to develop her unique style, and other countries in Southeast Asia and Europe. In conjunction with the exhibition, the project also holds artists-in-residency, workshops and discussions on the themes raised in Murni’s art, and life, such as gender, identity, sexuality and violence. Many of these events will be hosted at Sudakara Art Space at Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur during the exhibition period.
“In celebration of Murni, and her short but full life, Sudakara Art Space is proud to be part of an exhibition that once again brings Murni’s extraordinary work into the spotlight, some of which has never been seen before,” said Emily Subrata, Director of Sudamala Resorts. Hosting this significant exhibition adds to the growing recognition of Sudakara as a space for artistic exhibitions and collaborations of note, and the stature of Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur as Bali’s leading art-inspired resort complex.