Partner Rudolf Bonnet

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Water Palace (now Hotel Tjampuhan), Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Cokorde or Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati (1910-1978) was a king of Ubud known for his services to advancing tourism and the arts in Ubud. He is the younger brother of Tjokorda Gde Raka Soekawati, the only president of Eastern Indonesia. [2] He is also known for initiating Pita Maha, which successfully bridged Western and Balinese artists in Ubud. [3]

Cokorde Gde Agung Sukawati was fluent in English and Dutch so that he could easily build communication with foreign nationals. He then thought of bringing together Western artists and Balinese artists, because he felt Western artists did not know much about Balinese art, and Balinese artists knew nothing about Western art. He wanted local Balinese artists, especially those in Ubud, to learn from Western artists, and these people could then introduce Balinese art to foreign countries. Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati, his older brother, met Walter Spies during a visit to Yogyakarta Palace. He was then invited to come and live in Ubud. Walter Spies, and later Rudolf Bonnet, played a major role in the development of art in Ubud, and in Bali in general. At first, Spies and a number of other Western artists lived in Ubud Palace, but later they lived in some land given by Cokorde Gde Agung Sukawati. Since the arrival of these artists, Bali has significantly gained the world's attention. In 1936, he and his brother, along with Walter Spies, Rudolf Bonnet, and I Gusti Nyoman Lempad founded an artist association called Pita Maha. [3]

Rudolf Bonnet died in Laren, Holland on April 18, 1978 after a long illness. His body was cremated and the ashes were brought to Bali where they were burnt together in a great cremation ceremony with his friend Cokorde Gde Agung Sukawati.[8][9]

Reminiscences of a Balinese prince / Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati ; as dictated to Rosemary Hilbery, was published in 1979.

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