Event date: 29 Jan 2016, 6pm – 9pm
Location: Bentara Budaya Bali
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One of the most mysterious and intriguing aspects of Balinese philosophy is Rwa Bhineda. This loosely translates as dualism as it pertains to the belief that all life depends on a balance between opposite forces. These opposites-in-balance are not strictly considered good or bad, nor is one supposed to defeat the other. It is not believed that life is moving towards eventual cosmic and personal perfection. The ultimate goal of one’s life is balance and accommodation of all aspects of life, both constructive and destructive. The concept of Rwa Bhineda looks at life as it is, not how it is supposed to be.

The various paintings on the following pages show how a selection of Balinese painters interpret and work with the concept of Rwa Bhineda.