David Irons

Communications on Bali's arts and culture

I work with writers, scholars, curators, and institutions on articles, books, web sites, exhibitions, and other projects focused on the arts and culture of Bali.  I also advise museums, universities, foundations, and individuals, as well as media and technology start-ups, on strategic communications.

Since 2013, I've developed, curated, or advised on four exhibitions of Balinese art. The first was "Ketut Madra and 100 Years of Balinese Wayang Painting" at Ubud's Museum Puri Lukisan.  The following year, I worked with Soemantri Widagdo and Bruce Carpenter on their exhibition and catalogue, “Lempad of Bali: The Illuminating Line,” at the same museum. Two years later in 2016, the Indonesian Consulate in New York hosted “The Storytelling Art of Bali,” with 21 paintings, mostly created in the village of Kamasan in the 19th and 20th centuries. Recently, I was an informal adviser and loaned a painting to the exhibition “Fabricating Power in Balinese Textiles,” curated by Urmila Mohan at the Bard Graduate Center in New York.

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David Irons and Rucina Ballinger at the October 2013 opening of “Ketut Madra and 100 Years of Balinese Wayang Painting”

The Museum Puri Lukisan in Ubud welcomed more than 300 guests for the opening of “Ketut Madra and 100 Years of Balinese Wayang Painting.”

The Museum Puri Lukisan in Ubud welcomed more than 300 guests for the opening of “Ketut Madra and 100 Years of Balinese Wayang Painting.”