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Balinese culture, tradition and legend find the path to their highest expression in figurative art, in an immense repertoire which local artists have brought forward into its contemporary form. Four artists in particular, all remarkably on display at the Rudana Museum in Ubud, allow us to understand how art has evolved on the island over the last century. I Gusti Nyoman Lempad is one of the most famous artists. A sculptor, architect and painter, he has built buildings and temples in Ubud such as, for example, the Saraswati Temple. While also coming into contact with international artists, he has never abandoned his Balinese identity and has created hundreds of drawings of local mythology and folklore. One of the most important Indonesian modernists, Srihadi Soedarsono experienced first-hand the transition from modern art to contemporary art in Indonesia. He is famous for his landscapes, created with ample applications of uniform colour and his dancers, created with a careful analysis of both their movement and spirit. Famous for his realistic portraits of farmers and women in traditional dress, Dullah is also celebrated for his historic works, depicting battles against the Dutch military. Sunaryo Sutono uses a variety of mediums - painting, sculpture, engraving, installations, monument design, set design and landscape works, but also architectural projects and teaching. His work has always dealt with social, environmental and spiritual issues as seen with Wot Batu, a large-scale installation which he created in Bandung.