Recently open on June 22nd, 2022, this art gallery is located at Gootama Street in Ubud and highlights the vision of the founder to display Indonesia’s ethnic culture with an emphasis on the local people with their traditional costumes so that travellers can see Indonesia from a new perspective and framework. Marius Moragues, a fine art photographer and adventurer from France, created this art gallery to pay tribute to Indonesia’s ethnic culture and its people by leaving a legacy of what Indonesia really means to him.
Although the art gallery is rather small, this spot really values its customers beyond anything else. As soon as you enter the gallery, you will feel special, transported, and immersed. This art gallery focuses on quality over quantity. Every detail matters.
Marius wants to inspire people with his travel stories by displaying all the photos he captured since 2015 when he was starting his journey throughout Indonesia. These photos are displayed in the gallery, creating some kind of “lyric visual poem”. The verses of that visual poem are each photo, smile, character, colour and story. All those give oscillations, vibrations and energy to create this wonderful Ode. In this gallery, people can discover or rediscover Indonesia from a unique perspective with a set of different products.
They sell large postcards (20 cm x 14 cm) and have 25 unique designs. Their postcards are printed on thick 250 gsm paper with two different surfaces. At the back of each image, people can read about the background story from the photograph taken in a specific region of Indonesia.
They display wooden prints (30 cm x 20 cm) where each image is printed onto sustainably sourced wood with eco-friendly inks; this is by far the most unique product and the only one of such kind in Ubud.
Fine Art Prints
The greatest highlight of the gallery is the fine art print. This is what makes the art gallery really pop out! They display Marius’ most well-known photographs in two formats: 45 cm x 30 cm and 60 cm x 40 cm on high-quality matte paper. They present each of them with a natural white passe-partout in a natural dark wood frame along with clear glass.
Coffee Table Book (BEYOND Collection)
The gallery would not be the same without his first photobook, Beyond Java, where customers can travel “beyond” the borders of Bali and discover the people and culture of our neighbouring island, the famous Java. This book is only the first volume of a long series of eight books that will be stretched over the next ten years. Each volume will pay tribute to the people and culture of each main Indonesian island depicting its cultural identity: Java, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.
The book project has been supported by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia since 2018 and has been featured in various media, including National Geographic Indonesia. The release of Beyond Bali is set to be for next year, 2023.