State of Art: 4 art exhibitions to see in KL this September 2017

As the original was published on 6 September 2017


After pampering your body with luxe experiences in Bali last Merdeka long weekend, it’s time to enrich your mind. Fortunately, you won’t need to travel far and wide just to gain cultural and historical knowledge. Kuala Lumpur is rich with art exhibitions that can give you insight ranging from Malaysia’s history to contemporary trends enjoying popularity in the peninsula. And the best part is: you won’t see them running short this September.

The Royal Museum kicked off a string of art exhibitions this month with a four-day display of His Majesty Sultan Muhammad V’s memorabilia to celebrate his installation as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1 to 4 September. Art exhibitions like Indahnya Negaraku (My Country is so Beautiful show at Seri Pacific Hotel), and Ilham Contemporary Forum Malaysia followed, pushing through before October.

If traditional photography is right up in your alley, you’ll be thrilled to know that Wei-Ling Gallery will be showing off a rare compilation of 36 hand-crafted images — shot and developed by Malaysian photographer K. Azril Ismail, who wants to preserve the almost forgotten art of film imaging. We also found something interesting for students of the arts. Drop by one of the popular fine art galleries in Bangsar to see the latest trends and approaches that aspiring Malaysian artist apply to produce thought-provoking masterpieces.

Check out our list of art exhibitions scheduled this month to see which calls out to you the most. Or, you can visit them all in one fine weekend.


Unparalleled Eye Beyond Sights by Aimi Atikah and Nik Mohd Shahfiz

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Promising artists Aimi Atikah and Nik Mohd Shahfiz showcase 11 of their latest masterpieces on this date. “Unconsciously in Unity” and “Thinkland” among other artworks explore how two people from different time and place arrive to the same conclusions based on their respective observations. Interested to hang them on your wall? Check out the paintings, which are available for sale from RM4,500 to RM8,800, in person from 8 to 22 September.

The G13 Gallery is open from 11 am to 5 pm.

G13 Gallery, Ground Floor, Block B, Kelana Square, Jalan SS 7/26, 47301 Selangor, Malaysia, +60 3-7880 0991


Malaysian Art: A New Perspective by Richard Koh Fine Art Gallery

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Running on its third year, Richard Koh Fine Art Gallery returns with its annual exhibition that showcases art with new concepts. This year’s initiative features six emerging Malaysian artists Chong Yi Lin, Dhavinder Singh, Faizal Yunus, Ho Mei Kei, Izat Arif, and Jun Ong. Their work articulates new trends and approaches in the local art scene such as printmaking, multi-media painting, drawing, collage, even embroidery. Some of the artists also embrace new medium and technology in the form of a 2D light sculpture-installation as well as an audio visual installation.

You may view this innovative exhibition until 16 September from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 am to 7pm.

Richard Koh Fine Art, No. 229, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Park, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3-2095 3300

Thirty Pieces of Silver by Dr. K. Azril Ismail

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If old photographs are your thing, then you’re gonna love Wei-Ling Gallery’s line-up for this month. Using traditional photographic processes, Malaysian photographer Khairul Azril Ismail goes back to basics in creating images sans the aid of digital and mobile cameras or the social media. Through the lens, the artist presents his subjects as an artefact of inverted films developed in the dark room.

Check out the artist’s second exhibition with Wei-Ling Gallery from 12 September until 31st of October.

Wei-Ling Gallery, No. 8, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 603 2260 1106


Whiteground: A Solo Exhibition by Fauzulyusri

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In his 20-year career, award-winning Malaysian painter Fauzulyusri presents 21 new oil on canvas artworks in Whiteground. His 11th solo show marks a pivotal departure in the style that he was known for, expanding his palette in intuitive psychomotor-expression and unique Gestalt method.

Catch the Kedah-born artist’s exhibit at Taksu KL from 14 to 30 September.

Taksu Kuala Lumpur, No. 17, Jalan Pawang, Kuala Lumpur, 54000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3-4251 4396

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