Art Exhibitions in KL: November 2018

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It’s the second last month of 2018! Before we know it, we’ll be toasting to the new year and commencing plans for the next 12 months. This also means that the year-end holiday season is just around the corner. That means festive cheer at every shopping mall and promotions galore to look forward to. For art lovers and seekers, it’s a great opportunity to bring the family art exhibition-hopping. Don’t miss these art exhibitions in KL happening in November 2018.

The Further You Stand, the Clearer You See, Wei-Ling Gallery

Image credit: Yim Yen Sum

This will be artist Yim Yen Sum’s first solo exhibition in Malaysia. She was awarded the United Overseas Bank (UOB)’s Painting of the Year in 2016 with her piece ‘The Floating Castle’ (2016), which was followed by a residency programme in Fukuoka Art Museum. She has worked on several public commissions and have exhibited in Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Macau. ‘The Further You Stand, the Clearer You See’ sheds light on the notion of memories linked to architecture.

Dates: 17 October – 21 November 2018
Hours: 11am – 7pm on Tuesdays to Sundays
Address: Wei-Ling Contemporary, RT01 Sixth Floor, The Gardens Mall, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

Classic Images of Borneo, Balai Seni Negara (National Art Gallery)

Image credit: Balai Seni Negara

This is photographer Dennis Lau’s solo exhibition that will showcase 40 black and white photographs taken throughout 50 years. The photographer lived among and shared the culture of the indigenous people in the interiors of Sabah and Sarawak. The peoples portrayed in his shots include the Murut, Bajau, Kadazan/ Dusun, and Rungus peoples who lived in the East, North, West Coast, and interior division of Sabah. His works are spontaneous and unpretentious, serving as a priceless legacy of our heritage.

Dates: 5 – 25 November 2018
Hours: 10am – 6pm daily
Address: Creative Space, Balai Seni Negara (National Art Gallery), No. 2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur

Two Mountains, Ilham Gallery

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Two Mountains is a ‘joint friendship’ photography project initiated by Steven Lee, Director of KLPA Events and Naoko Ohta, Director of KLEE, INC PARIS TOKYO, in early 2014. The two mountains in question are Mount Fuji in Japan, and Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. For this special project, three carefully selected photographers from each country were commissioned to photograph personal photo-stories about these revered peaks. They include photographers Nadirah Zakariya, Nana Safiah, and Stacy Liu from Malaysia and Mikio Hasui, Atsushi Okuyama, and Yuki Morita from Japan. The focus is on the people and communities who live ‘under their shadow.’ The project hopes to discover the legends, folklore, natural scapes, and traditions surrounding each mountain.

Dates: 20 October – 18 November 2018
Hours: 11am – 7pm on Tuesday to Saturdays, 11am – 5pm on Sundays, closed on Mondays and public holidays
Address: Ilham Gallery, Level 3 and 5, Ilham Tower, No. 8, Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Seni Video Art, National Art Gallery

Image credit: National Art Gallery

In conjunction with another exhibition titled ‘Attention Please: Sculpture, Installation & New Media’, Seni Video Art aims to showcase the manifestations of the genre from the mid 1990’s to year 2000. The exhibition explores the genre’s development based on the usage of technology and imagination of the artists. 20 pieces of video art have been selected from the collections of the National Art Gallery and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)’s Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, besides being contributed by the invited artists themselves. It also aims to discover how a video screen functions as a medium to convey ideas and document performance arts.

Dates: 15 October – 31 December 2018
Hours: 10am – 6pm daily
Address: Blue Gallery, National Art Gallery (Balai Seni Negara),

Every month, we put up a list of art exhibitions that take place in Kuala Lumpur. Check if there are any you might still be able to catch of these art exhibitions in October 2018. If you would like to share about an upcoming art exhibition in KL, drop me an email at [email protected].


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