Expo Bali Tropenmuseum Amsterdam
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Bali - Behind the scenes exhibition

This exhibition has ended. It was on display in the Tropenmuseum until 28 February 2021.

Endless sandy beaches, imposing temples, rolling rice paddies and the perfect surf scene. That’s Bali. At least, that’s the Bali we know…

In BALI – Behind the scenes you’ll see the pressure this island paradise is under, but also the resilience of island culture. Get to know the Hindu priest out to preserve traditions in his own way and meet the artist and activist Made Bayak whose work highlights Bali’s problems with plastic waste.

This exhibition takes you on a journey to Bali. Discover rituals you wouldn’t normally experience as a tourist and gain an insight into the island’s colonial past. Feast your eyes on rare artefacts such as palace treasures and intricate wood carvings, alongside the work of contemporary Balinese artists. Are you coming?

Vacation at the Tropenmuseum

Activities and Events

Plastic soup - Bali expo - Tropenmuseum

Paradise behind the scenes


Persaandacht - een selectie

“BALI – Behind the scenes is above all an exhibition with a mission” – Telegraaf

“The tragic irony of tourism: the quest for authenticity” – Trouw

“Paradise is filling up fast” – NRC

Tourism and colonialism - expo Bali - Tropenmuseum

Tourism and colonialism


Behind the scenes

Barely on the map as a travel destination in the early 19th century, Bali is now bursting at the seams. Despite the prosperity that tourism generates, behind the scenes it has massively impacted the quality of life. The exhibition shows that impact through the eyes of the Balinese. 

Art Gallery - exhibition Bali - Tropenmuseum

From anonymous art to signed works

Campuhan Ridge Bali

Win a trip with Djoser to Bali, Java or Lombok

Rice field

Rice and tourism


Offerings, fruit and souvenirs

Expo Bali Tropenmuseum - Rituelen BALI

A lifetime of rituals

Greenpeace Plastic Monster

Plastic Monster – Greenpeace