|The Blanco Renaissance Museum embodies Antonio Blanco's life and dreams. Built in his former home on the gentle hilltops of Campuan, Ubud, and opened on December 28th 1998, the Blanco Museum exudes a unique rococo charm. Many streams of Balinese life converge in this extraordinary building, which represents the Balinese world as seen through Blanco's eyes.
Blanco built the museum to commemorate his love for Bali and to house his important works. It is built on 20,000 square meters of land in accordance with the precepts of the Hindu faith. The three stories of the building are symbolic of Balinese faith and represent the Upper, Middle and Lower worlds where Gods, Man and Demons all have a rightful place. Hence, the uppermost floor of the museum houses the artist's most esoteric works.
A huge green Italian marble archway, 15 meters high, fronts the entrance steps that are guarded by two massive mythical stone dragons. The fountain in front of the entrance is an emissary of the waves of the sea which to the whole cosmos. The museum has a pair of stairs, symbolizing all duality in the material world. The second level of the museum represents the Middle world. It is here that Antonio Blanco's poetry is conserved.
The museum also pays homage to nature and the unseen world of spirits and the mind, collectively known as 'Niskala'. The interior of the museum is palatial and windowless although a stunning stained glass dome roof draws in rays of natural sunlight. Ornate pillars and elaborate wrought iron circular staircases and railings provide a lavish environment for Blanco's works of art. The Renaissance Museum is stunning evidence that Blanco indulged his fantasies and created a dream world of his own. This is a theater, a world where legends are portrayed and fantasies realized.
The museum also pays homage to nature and the unseen world of spirits and the mind, collectively known as 'Niskala'.