If you do not know the philosophy, do not think negative first when coming into the Blanco Renaissance Museum. The museum displaying many topless women paintings is not the place to show off pornographic works. Rather, it is the only museum exhibiting the life and beauty of ancient Balinese women.
Located on Jalan Campuhan, Ubud, Gianyar, the Blanco Renaissance Museum stores a collection of 300 paintings owned by Don Antonio Mario Blanco. The focus of his work is inspired by women, including his wife, Ni Ronji, making himself an immortal feminine painter and romantic-expressive painting maestro.
A lot of knowledge can be learned from scratches of his work, starting from the form of facial painting, dancers, long-haired woman, graceful curves and lifestyle of ancient people. The image is able to portray the Balinese women as hard workers, beautiful and charming figure being full of aura.
Interestingly, the museum also collects the erotic paintings on display in the room of erotica. However, the space is only intended for visitors of 17 years old and over. The collection is also the best choices of the works of Antonio.
A museum guide, Agustin, said that many moral messages and philosophies could be learned from his works. “In the paintings of Antonio, it is seen the ancient Balinese women that were not wearing a bra both the young or married ones,” she explained. Nevertheless, she added, there was never any sexual harassment and disturbing lust for. They lived side by side with local knowledge of Balinese culture where men were very appreciative to women and showed good tolerance. It was also illustrated how the natural beauty of Ubud as one of the paradises of the world with the atmosphere that could not be found anymore in modern times.
Other than being known as a painter, Antonio Blanco is also good at singing, playing the movie and also a body builder. He was born in the Philippines on September 15, 1912 and is a Spanish-American descent. His visit to Ubud was to find the heaven on earth and the inspiration for his paintings, received warm appreciation from the King of Ubud. He is believed to introduce the culture of Bali, particularly Ubud overseas.
It is not mistaken, with the results of his work he was able to promote Ubud with his wife Ni Ronji, a traditional Balinese dancer who participated in introducing Balinese dance abroad. Over the time, the desire of Antonio to make his residence that was only a gallery into a magnificent museum could be realized in 1998.
Since the death of Antonio, the museum was later continued by his son, Mario Blanco, also known as a painter and photographer. The presence of the works of Mario Blanco adds a touch of color and difference among them. Even, its existence is growing and gets many awards both in national and international level. (BTN/ocha)