Eugene Museum
in Bali

Surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage Sites,

Eugene Museum,

with Eugene Kangawa / Eugene Studio

is set to open in Bali, Indonesia

Eugene Museum
At the center of the world,
in Bali

Opening early 2026

Images of completed area, Nuanu Creative City © 2023 Nuanu, construction in progress and installation (Goldrain, 2021, © Eugene Kangawa / EUGENE STUDIO)

STORY: HIGHLIGHTS

Green, Ocean,
Golden rain,
Infinity Sea, in 2026.

In Bali, surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage sites and in proximity to the Tanah Lot Temple and Canggu area, the Eugene Museum Bali, with Eugene Studio/Eugene Kangawa (Eugene)arrow_outward, is set to open in early 2026.

The permanent museum will span over 1 ha with 5,000 m² of construction. The architectural design of the museum will be led by renowned Indonesian architect Andra Matin, who won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022.

The museum is located in Nuanu, a creative city in Tabanan, Bali, that spans 44 ha area in space and integrates education, art, wellness, experience and nature-inspired living to embody harmonious living.

Eugene Kangawa (1989-) is a Japanese contemporary artist, known for his sophisticated and astounding approach in paintings, large-scale installations. His works include unique social projects with past works aimed at children and education.

Particularly well known for his solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, where Eugene set a record as the youngest ever artist to hold a solo exhibition, drawing record long queue. Maintaining its momentum from the past exhibitions, the growing support and expectations from a diverse range of communities and collectors from Indonesia and beyond have culminated in the development of this permanent museum.

Adjacent to an international school which opened in 2023, Eugene’s works are expected to synchronize with the surrounding areas. In 2023, a preparatory room for the museum was established in Jakarta.

The development plan includes a café, library and reading room which contains a plethora of resource material relating to the artist’s practice. The architecture is designed to preserve existing trees, and numerous educational workshops will be integral to the museum’s social activities, aligning with Nuanu city’s social programs. Eugene Museum aims to offer all generation a profound experience with next perspective.

This permanent museum hopes to represent a new form of museum emerging from Asia, with initiatives that will further establish it as a hub involving various countries from Asia and beyond.

*The museum, which provides beautiful and truly astonishing experience, will feature approximately 15+ permanent installations, including Eugene’s signature installations, ‘Sea Garden,’ ‘Goldrain,’ and ‘Everything Shines,’ which reflect his enduring theme of symbiosis.
The museum is managed by a joint management team of the museum and the area.

*In late-2023, in preparation for the museum development, a preparatory room was established in Jakarta, housed within the same building as the HQ of Art Jakarta.

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Surrounded by forest and the sea,
in the vicinity of world heritage sites,
Ubud and close to the Tanah Lot Temple.
Final form, (CG) © 2023 Nuanu, Render of Nuanu Creative City

Surrounded by forest and the sea,
in the vicinity of world heritage sites,
Ubud and close to the Tanah Lot Temple.
© 2024 EUGENE MUSEUM, Rendering © KDH

Surrounded by forest and the sea,
in the vicinity of world heritage sites,
Ubud and close to the Tanah Lot Temple.
© 2024 EUGENE MUSEUM, Rendering © KDH

© 2023 Eugene Kangawa / EUGENE STUDIO
CG modeling by Eugene Studio using Unreal Engine, Shk.
Exhibition view: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

STORY: HIGHLIGHTS

Nature,
Art, Experience,
Evoking Emotion.

Introduction to Indonesia
Indonesia¹ is the world’s largest archipelago and the fourth most populous country. It is home to a diverse array of cultures, languages, and traditions.
Within this vibrant country, Bali² will unveil distinctive artworks of Eugene, harmonizing seamlessly with its natural surroundings.

*1 Indonesia is the fourth populous country in the world, with a total population of approximately 270 million. About a quarter of this population is under the age of 14, underscoring a significant youth demographic. The country has achieved notable economic development, hosting events such as the G20 summit in Bali in 2022. Bali, where three (at most in one region) Aman Hotels/Aman Resorts locates is leading the cultural scenes of Southeast Asia.

*2In 2021, Bali received acclaim as the world’s top tourist destination, as per TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ ChoiceTM World’s Most Popular Tourist Destinations 2021. This recognition attracts an annual influx of diverse visitors, approximately 15 million people, from various countries worldwide. The island’s ongoing development includes plans for a second airport in the northern region, complementing the existing Ngurah Rai International Airport and anticipating further growth.

Surrounding the museum will be a vibrant yet serene cityscape, nestled amidst lush forests and the sea, featuring schools, restaurants, residences, sound studios, beaches, a recycle lab, etc.

For all generations, transcending nations.
With surrounding educational institutions, we are committed to support both local and international initiatives through our activities.

Surrounding facilities in Nuanu / videos of construction in progress
© 2023 Nuanu
Infographic of the art museum layout.
Through the entrance, centered around the forest.
Connecting spaces of artworks.

In, Out,
Day, Night,
to All Generations.

Strolling along the limestone road and crossing a small river by a bridge, the museum emerges passing through the forest of green and sunlight.

The permanent museum will span over 1 ha with a 5,000 m² facility.

Adjacent to the museum entrance, there is a library and café. In the evening, Post-closing stay program will be arranged. Surrounding the museum, there are residences, restaurants, and music studios in the vicinity.

The collaboration with the architect transforms the landscape and facility into a unified work of art.

Inspired by the architectural philosophies of classic Balinese villages, Eugene Museum will comprise over 15 gallery spaces revolving around a ‘Natah’, an open space which functions as gathering point and center of orientation.

By way of unifying Eugene Museum and its surrounding landscape, ample natural light will flow through the gallery spaces, echoing Eugene’s artistic concerns around coexistence and symbiosis with the world.

*Details of the artworks will be gradually disclosed.

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Actual footage of the site. (under development)
Enhanced with augmented reality (AR) synthesis.
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STORY: AREA CONCEPT & PROGRAMS

With
Next Generation,
New Perspectives

The beautiful area, Nuanu Creative City in Tabanan is dedicated to environmental conservation and various community-based programs.

Landscape guidelines of Nuanu include stringent internal policies on construction, using significantly less land than legally allowed and enforcing a strict no tree-cutting policy. They also engage in reforestation efforts, focusing on planting new trees and preserving existing larger ones. Additionally, they are committed to protecting local butterfly species, operating recycling labs, utilising zero-emission mobilities, and implementing a program for the welfare of local dogs.

An international school has opened adjacent to the museum, with over 150 elementary students already attending, with plans underway for the subsequent establishment of middle and high schools.

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Adjacent educational facility. Opening in 2023 © Nuanu

Adjacent educational facility. Opening in 2023 © Nuanu

Adjacent educational facility. Opening in 2023 © Nuanu

Adjacent educational facility. Opening in 2023 © Nuanu

Adjacent educational facility. Opening in 2023 © Nuanu

01

Workshop, Education

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Collaboration with educational institutions, to children of the local and global community.
Creative workshops in the museum will be open to everyone.
Eugene Studio has previously directed workshops for children, including future concept of playground equipment.

Learn more about the
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“Play Earth Park” directed by Eugene Studio in 2022
© Goldwin Inc.

02

Recycle Lab

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A recycling laboratory has been created within the area if Nuanu, repurposing 78% of the overall solid waste into items such as furniture in 2023. Nuanu City is dedicated to maintaining an operational model that focuses on a circular community.

Recycle Lab, repurposing 78% of overall solid waste
© 2023 Nuanu

03

Ancient Species

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The initiative encompasses activities dedicated to preserving the ecosystem, focusing on the area-specific butterfly species like “Papilio Peranthus.” Adhering to landscape guidelines, construction is limited to 25% of the site, leaving 75% as green space. Rules governing water features for wild birds and guidelines for reforestation are also established to ensure responsible environmental practices.

Papilio Peranthus, one of the unique species in Nuanu.
© 2023 Nuanu

04

Dog Initiative, Zero-Emission Mobility

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Within Nuanu, a local dog protection program initiative.
An zero-emission mobility bus is in operation for on-site transportation, Integrated with various technologies.

Zero-emission mobility
© 2023 Nuanu

About Museum,

ARTIST

Eugene Kangawa

Eugene Kangawa (b.1989, New Jersey, United States) is a Japanese contemporary artist known for his paintings and large scale installations.

Previous exhibitions include ‘After the Rainbow’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, “De-sport” the 21st Century Museum in Kanazawa, and “89+” at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Eugene was identified in the 2017 publication The Age of Art × Technology (written by Daisuke Miyatsu and Kobunsha Shinsho) as one of four leading Japanese artists working in art and technology, along with teamLab and others. He is the youngest artist ever to host a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

We, the museum, interpret Eugene creates works that harness and expand the imagination of the mind, delving into the universal concepts around love, fate, and ephemerality, and metaphysics of human existence. In 2023, with the unwavering support of a multinational audience, plans have been set in motion for his first-ever global permanent facility, “Eugene Museum” in Bali.

© EUGENE STUDIO / Eugene Kangawa

Eugene artworks
© EUGENE STUDIO / Eugene Kangawa

ARCHITECT

Andra Matin

Andra Matin (b.1962, Bandung) is a well-known figure in contemporary Indonesian and Asian architecture. Matin studied architecture at Parahyangan University in his hometown, before setting up his namesake practice in 1998.

Known for his contemporary take on traditional Indonesian architecture, his studio has designed and built over a hundred projects throughout Indonesia, including residential, hospitality and leisure, and educational spaces, among others. Notable projects include Blimbingsari Airport (2010), Potato Head Beach Club (2010), Tubaba Mosque (2017).

Matin has won numerous awards and has achieved international recognition. Recent accolades include an honorable mention at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale and won the prestigious Aga Khan awards in 2022.

© Andra Matin

© Andra Matin

© Andra Matin

© Andra Matin

© Andra Matin
© Andra Matin
© Andra Matin
© Andra Matin

© Andra Matin

© Andra Matin

Sketch and image of initial layout plan.

01

A Museum That Coexists
With Nature

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As you walk along the limestone path, a beautiful museum surrounded by lush forest starts to appear. A serene entrance space welcomes your arrival. Behind the entrance, you will find more than 15 installations in perfect harmony with indoor and outdoor environment. Utilizing ample sunlight, the museum offers a distinctly varied ambiance and experience depending on the time of day you visit.

Initial sketch of interior view of the museum entrance © KDH

02

Entrance, Cafe, Library,
Boutiques

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In the entrance space, libraries, select shops, and a cafe will be developed. The library will showcase books and documents related to the museum, while the cafe extends to the garden area.
Further details will be updated.

Initial sketch of interior view of the museum entrance © KDH

03

Museum Stay,
Atelier Stay.

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Concealed behind the museum, a few rooms will emerge after traversing a hidden passage. This preserved atelier area will offer exclusive accommodation. Guests can indulge in the entire museum area beyond business hours. Rooted in “sharing economy,” this concept delivers a diverse expressions of artworks in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Initial sketch of Atelier stay room © KDH

Place & Atmosphere,

Image: Location on map
*Cities with direct flights from major airports to Indonesia are indicated.

Emerald on the Equator
Center of the earth
One of the hubs of
Asia & Oceania

Indonesia is the fourth populous country in the world, with a total population of approximately 270 million. About a quarter of this population is under the age of 14, underscoring a significant youth demographic.

The country has achieved notable economic development, hosting events such as the G20 summit in Bali in 2022. Bali, where three (at most in one region) Aman Hotels/Aman Resorts locates is leading the cultural scenes of Southeast Asia.

In 2021, Bali received acclaim as the world’s top tourist destination, as per TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ ChoiceTM World’s Most Popular Tourist Destinations 2021. This recognition attracts an annual influx of diverse visitors, approximately 15 million people, from various countries worldwide. The island’s ongoing development includes plans for a second airport in the northern region, complementing the existing Ngurah Rai International Airport and anticipating further growth.

World Heritages,
Balinese Temples,
New Destination in Bali

The area is located 1 hour from the airport, 45 minutes from Ubud, surrounded by numerous World Heritage sites, and 15 minutes from Canggu and the Tanah Lot Temple.

Immersed in dense forests, floating temples on the sea, and golden rain. It’s a gifted encounter with the surreal assets of Bali.
A condensed experience where the old and the new intersect.
This is what destinations should be.

Map of the central part of Bali.

Location of the museum.
Surrounded by green and the sea,
in the vicinity of world heritage sites, Ubud and close to the Tanah Lot Temple.

Bali, Indonesia



Direct from entrance of the area.
On the limestone main load,
adjacent to schools.

The Museum is located adjacent to schools, direct and a few minutes approach from the entrance of the area.
As the neighbors, there are residences, restaurants, and music studios in the vicinity.

Strolling through greenery, sunlight, and wind, the museum emerges passing through the forest.
A museum embodies “symbiosis,” preserving the beauty of the original landscape of the area.

Actual footage of the site. (under development)
Enhanced with augmented reality (AR) synthesis.
Play Video (mp4) arrow_outward

Stories,

Their Stories

Eugene Kangawa

Artist

Interview with Eugene Kangawa

“First and foremost, I am sincerely grateful for this wonderful opportunity in such a truly beautiful place as Bali, Indonesia, at the foot of a World Heritage Site.”

Visiting Indonesia and engaging with friends there has been a true joy. I would like to thank the people who have said they wanted to make it a permanent museum, and those who committed to the realization. ...

Andra Matin

Architect

Comment / Andra Matin

“There are similarities between Eugene’s works and mine which includes our admiration to the sun, breeze and shadow...”

Established in 1998, andramatin is a studio based in Jakarta, Indonesia.The practice, which was once consisted of small team working mainly on residential projects, has now expanded to do broader scale and type of projects varying from furniture to urban design projects. ...

Yunosuke Shigesato

Co-Founder & Producer of Eugene Museum, YES

Interview with Yunosuke Shigesato

“Situated in one of the most beautiful and diverse regions of Asia, this place is destined to continually generate inspiration that transcends the borders of nations and generations.”

Yunosuke began his career at Mitsubishi Corporation in 2013. While in his position in Indonesia, he was engaged in business investments and management. In July 2023, he embarked on an entrepreneurial journey and founded YES__ for this entirely new project.

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