BATU /space for contemporary art collection and research\
Batu which means 'stone' in Indonesian and Balinese languages, is a new space for contemporary art located in a two-story Limasan (traditional Javanese house). Beside the display of artworks of some International and Indonesian artists, BATU offers a window for contemporary art within the unique environment of Bali.
Iniated in early 2019, the artistic and research programs of Batu Art Space is coordinated by artists Marco Cassani and Fendry Ekel.
The soft opening of Batu on the 11th May 2019 marks its mission: from one hand, Batu Art Space wants to share the knowledge of Contemporary art with the local community in Bali; The foundation of Batu as an art institution is it's art collection which is semi permanently displayed in the art space. The art works in the collection is courtesy of Kayu Lucie Fontaine initiative and belong to the artists. Most of these artworks were created by the artists exclusively for Kayu Lucie Fontain program in Indonesia in collaboration with local artisans and with companies based in Bali.
The artists are: Ashley Bickerton, Marco Cassani, Radu Comsa, Patrizio Di Massimo, Fendry Ekel, Anthea Hamilton, Maria Hassabi, Michal Helfman, Agnieszka Kurant, Corrado Levi, Matteo Rubbi, Alice Tomaselli and Alexandra Zuckerman.
On the other hand, Batu wants to create series of initiatives, hosted by Kayu in cooperation with other partners, which aim is to reflect upon social and environmental issues; Arahmaiani’s performance marks the dialogue with Cittadellarte, Pistoletto foundation, started with the first rebirth forum in 2018.
Batu Art Space is open by appointment only and located at Setia Darma (the House of Masks and Puppets).
Jalan Tegal Bingin, Kemenuh, Ubud - Gianyar, Bali 80582