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EUGENE MUSEUM IN BALI TO REDEFINE ART AND ENVIRONMENT HARMONY

Harmonizing Art, Nature, and Culture: Eugene Museum's Vision for a Sustainable Future in Bali

03.06.2024
BY YUKE RATNA
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In the heart of Bali, amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Tanah Lot Temple and the vibrant Canggu area, a groundbreaking project is underway to redefine the fusion of art, environment, and culture. The Eugene Museum, set to open its doors in early 2026, promises to be a beacon of creativity and sustainability in the region.

Led by the visionary Japanese contemporary artist Eugene Kangawa, commonly known as Eugene, this museum represents a departure from conventional art institutions. With a focus on Eugene's sophisticated and astounding approach to art, the museum will showcase his paintings, large-scale installations, and various projects aimed at children and social initiatives.

The architectural design, a crucial element of this innovative project, will be helmed by the acclaimed Indonesian architect Andra Martin. Martin, winner of the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2023, brings his expertise in seamlessly blending tradition with modernism to create a space that harmonizes with the lush natural environment of Bali.

Spanning over one hectare with 3,000 square meters of construction, the Eugene Museum is part of the larger Nuanu City development in Tabanan, Bali. This city, encompassing approximately 44 hectares, aims to integrate lifestyle, art, education, and environmental consciousness. Anchored in the philosophy of symbiosis, Eugene's theme resonates deeply with the ethos of the region.

The museum will feature approximately 15+ permanent installations, including Eugene's signature works like 'Sea Garden,' 'Goldrain,' and 'Everything Shines.' These artworks, known for their universal appeal, transcend national boundaries and speak to individuals across generations.

Moreover, the museum's vision extends beyond being a mere art institution. It aspires to actively engage in social initiatives, including workshops in collaboration with neighboring educational institutions and the local community. By fostering dialogue and creativity, the Eugene Museum aims to become a hub for social engagement, catering to individuals from diverse backgrounds.

In conjunction with the museum project, a preparatory room was established last year in Jakarta, serving as an experimental facility for mini-scale models and small artworks. Additionally, the Eugene Social Program will be launched, collaborating with the local community and educational institutions to organize workshops and cultural exchanges.

 

Reflecting on the significance of this endeavor, Eugene Kangawa expressed his gratitude to supporters worldwide and emphasized the importance of art, philosophy, and real-world experiences in shaping the future. Collaborating architect Andra Martin highlighted the museum's accessibility and its role as a subtle palette for Eugene's artworks.

Yunosuke Shigesato, the producer of Eugene Museum and founder of YES__, expressed his commitment to making this space a continuous source of inspiration that transcends boundaries of nation and generation.

As the project progresses, anticipation builds for the Eugene Museum to emerge as a transformative space where art, culture, and environment converge in perfect harmony.

For more information and updates, visit the Eugene Museum website and EUGENE STUDIO website, or follow EUGENE STUDIO on Instagram.

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