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Walter Spies at 111

Exhibition of Rare Photos by and About Walter Spies Through August 8, 2006 at Ubud's ARMA Museum.


Born in Moscow in 1895, German musician-artist Walter Spies, landed in Ubud in 1927 where he lived until shortly before his death in 1942. A Renaissance man by any standard, Spies limitless artisitic energy managed to have a lasting impact on Balinese art, dance, music, documentary film-making and early anthropological studies of the Island.

The life of this remarkable man who lived a most remarkable life is recalled in the 111th anniversary of his birth in a special exhibition at Ubud's ARMA Museum Bali of reproductions of his paintings and photos of Spies by family and friends.

Sponsored by The Spies Family Foundation of Germany, Walter Spies 1895 – 2006 is the result of careful research and preparation by Gundel Sholz, a lecturer at Hochschule fuer Bildbende Kuenste in Braunschweig, Germany. For the current exhibition she has reproduced original photographs, many including the hand-written comments of Walter Spies, collected from a variety of European sources. The rare photos are the result of paintstaking work by the Walter Spies Society (Cologne, Germany) gathered from a variety of European and American sources.

The exhibition is the result of a collaborative effory by the Walter Spies Foundation of Bali and The Walter Spices Society (Germany) who maintain an arechive dedicated to their namesake at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne.

The exhibition also include reproductions of many of Walter Spies paintings, considered groundbreaking in their approach to lighting and composition, and now found only in a few international museums and in important private collections worldwide.

111 Years Walter Spies – 1895-2006

111 Years Walter Spies – 1895-2006 will run through August 8, 2006 at the Arma Museum Bali.

Arma Museum Bali

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