Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) was established for just such a purpose. The ARMA Museum was founded by Agung Rai, a Balinese who has devoted his life to the preservation of Balinese art and culture. The Museum was officially opened on June 9, 1996 by Prof. Dr. Ing. Wardiman Djojonegoro, the Minister for Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia. The museum is administered by ARMA Foundation set up on 13 May 1996.
Some of the major purposes of ARMA museum are to preserve artworks, to develop and preserve the art of painting, sculpture, dance, music, and various other cultural art forms; to provide means and infrastructure for local society to learn various artistic skills.
The permanent exhibition of paintings by Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists includes the collections of the ARMA Foundation and works on loan from the collections of Mr. and Mrs. Agung Rai.
The paintings range from traditional to contemporary, including: Classical Kamasan painting on tree bark, Masterpieces by Batuan artist of the 1930’s and 1940’s, The only works to be seen on the island of Bali by 19th century Javanese artist Raden Saleh Syarif Bustaman, and German painter Walter Spies.