Singapadu: The Power Behind the Mask 2017, A Retrospective Mask Exhibition

Singapadu: The Power Behind the Mask 2017, A Retrospective Mask Exhibition

A retrospective mask exhibition entitled ‘Singapadu: The Power Behind the Mask’ is very unique. Various masks, barong mask and drama-dance mask are presented in the exhibition held by the Singapadu Artist Association. There are also new works by a number of young artists in the form of modern and contemporary masks. The exhibition takes place

A retrospective mask exhibition entitled ‘Singapadu: The Power Behind the Mask’ is very unique. Various masks, barong mask and drama-dance mask are presented in the exhibition held by the Singapadu Artist Association. There are also new works by a number of young artists in the form of modern and contemporary masks. The exhibition takes place for seven days (Aug. 7-13) at Bentara Budaya Bali, Ketewel, Sukawati, Gianyar.

The exhibition involving 68 mask artists from Singapadu features 164 masterpieces. To select the works, the exhibition appoints two curators namely Prof. Dr. I Made Bandem and Prof. Dr. I Wayan Dibia. The exhibition was opened by the Head of the Gianyar Culture Agency, I Gusti Ngurah Wijana, on Sunday (Aug. 6).

Opening session of the exhibition was jazzed up with a dance performance entitled Barong Api telling the story about Cokorda Agung Api, the pioneer of Singapadu Mask inspired by the sparkle of sunlight. Performance of the dance for about 12 minutes drew the amazement of spectators thronging the stage.

The retrospective mask exhibition is the second time. The idea originated from the desire of a number of Singapadu artists coalesced into the Singapadu Artist Association to preserve the art of ancestral heritage in the form of mask art. “The Singapadu Artist Association together with the village leaders then agreed to hold the exhibition,” said the artist Made Supena, as representative of the association.

This exhibition, explained Supena, serves as a retrospective effort that becomes reflective by itself. Singapadu village is a village famous for its performing arts, but the existence of the mask art is much older at Singapadu. “With this mask exhibition, we will see the creativity of the artists in the early days to the present. Through this mask exhibition, the artists can build and construct the mask art further. Mask is a cultural asset of Singapadu village that we strive to remain the identity of Singapadu,” said Supena.

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Regent of Gianyar in the speech read by the Head of the Gianyar Culture Agency, I Gusti Ngurah Wijana, said that the appreciation should be given to Singapadu village as since the beginning of the eighteenth century until today still gives birth to reliable mask artists. With the nickname of Gianyar as the Heritage City, Regent Agung Bharata hoped this mask exhibition will be able to answer the world challenge in the field of cultural development and preservation, especially the mask carving art in Gianyar district. (BTN/015)



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