There is something interesting in the art exhibition in a series of the Bali Arts Festival (PKB) XXXV. The exhibition organized in the Gedung Kriya of the Denpasar Art Center did not only exhibit a wide range of unique works, but also presented cross-generation artists. Well known young and old artists such as Ketut Muja, I Wayan Pugeg and Nyoman Mandra gave different colors to such grandiose annual event. Through the theme ‘Taksu (divine vibration): Generating Creative Power and Identity, they presented various creative and innovative works of art. At least, there were 57 works of art exhibited by the artists belonging to various schools of arts. Their work included 17 sculptures, 2 ceramics, 9 pieces of classical Kamasan painting, 7 works of traditional style and 22 works of modern art. Apart from being beautiful and inspiring, those works of art were also able to provide exceptional vibrations. Dominant traditional element could create a festive atmosphere to the exhibition.
Their theme and size were different. Price of each work was not the same, starting from IDR 8 million to IDR 75 million. “The works of art on display at this time have passed through an internal curatorial process because the artists and their role behind the works have been widely known as well as become one of the assessment criteria,” said I Ketut Murdana, the Art Exhibition Coordinator of the Bali Arts Festival XXXV in 2013.
According to the lecturer of Fine Arts Faculty of the Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar, Taksu as the central theme of the Bali Arts Festival was very appropriate with the recent condition of Bali starting to lose the taksu in various fields. Balinese people formerly known to be very religious had lost their taksu. “With the theme Taksu, hopefully our artists can obtain and re-exude their taksu in every single work displayed,” he explained. (BTN/015)