Art Exhibitions in KL: December 2018

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School’s out and your kids want something new to do? In between holiday camps and familial gatherings, make some time to bring them for an art exhibition or two. KL is abuzz with plenty of choices when it comes to art, whether you’re looking to collect or simply discover new artists. From exploring the meaning of a ‘completed artwork’ to picturesque paintings of boats on the water, here’s a list of art exhibitions in KL happening this December 2018.

Somewhere Down the River, Richard Koh Fine Art

Image credit: Liu Hsin-Ying

Richard Koh Fine Art presents artist Liu Hsin-Ying with her solo exhibition entitled ‘Somewhere Down the River.’ The exhibition explores themes like femininity, sexuality, discovery, wonderment, and curiosity. Visitors can look forward to viewing a mixed collection of paintings, drawings, and video works by the artist.

Dates: 22 November – 15 December 2018
Address: Richard Koh Fine Art, 229 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 10am – 7pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays

Art Salon 2018 by Artesque, Sekeping Jugra

Image credit: Emily Wee

If you’re looking to discover budding local artists, don’t miss Art Salon 2018 by Artesque. The exhibition cum marketplace will feature 50 artworks by 35 artists. Should you fall in love with their works, you will be able to purchase them on the spot. Art Salon 2018 is in the theme of, “Art for All, All for Art.” Check out fresh works by  talented Malaysian artists like Emily Wee, Yeo Eng Peng, Haz Yusup, Qistina Malik, Eve Yap, and more. Entrance is free for all guests.

Dates: 8 – 16 December 2018
Address: Sekeping Jugra, No. 3, Jalan Jugra, Off Jalan Klang Lama, 58100 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 11am – 8pm

Opposites Abstract 2.0 Non Finito, University of Malaya Art Gallery

Image credit: Opposites Abstract

Artist group Opposites Abstract is hosting an exhibition titled Non Finito at the University of Malaya Art Gallery. Literally translated to mean ‘not finished’, artists were invited to create works that expressed their thoughts on the subject. Some prompts include the question whether an artwork is only perfect once it is ‘complete’, and how even does one declare an artwork ‘complete’?

Dates: 10 December 2018 – 10 February 2019, Opening ceremony is from 6-8pm on 21 December 2018
Address: University of Malaya Art Gallery, Lingkungan Budi, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 9am – 1pm and 2 – 5pm from Mondays to Thursdays, 9am – 12.15pm and 2.45 – 5pm on Fridays, closed on weekends and public holidays

Siao Shan: My Art Journey, The Refinery Art Gallery

Image credit: Goh Siao Shan

Watercolour artist Goh Siao Shan paints beautiful scenes reminiscent of Malaysian settlements by the water. He has a noticeable fascination with painting boats on the water, and has skilfully mastered the technique. My Art Journey will be Siao Shan’s first ever solo exhibition, a big milestone for this talented artist. The opening reception will start at 6.30pm on 15 December 2018. All are invited to be a part of this momentous occasion for Siao Shan, and to browse his mesmerising works.

Dates: 15 December 2018 (opening reception), 15 December 2018 – 15 January 2019
Address: The Refinery Art Gallery, G-3A-d6, No. 801, Jalan Sentul, 51000 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 1 – 6pm daily

It’s Been Four Years Since…, Wei-Ling Contemporary

Image credit: Cheng Yen Pheng

“It’s Been Four Years Since…” is artist Cheng Yen Pheng’s second solo exhibition. She previously left a mark on the local art scene when, as a finalist in the National Art Gallery’s Bakat Muda (Young Contemporary) 2014 competition, she stood up for her work entitled ABU, which courted some controversy and was censored from being shown during the final exhibition. Her outspoken, honest, and determined approach towards her life is mirrored in her art journey. This second exhibition represents her life for the past four years, laid bare. She explores gender and sexuality, motherhood, life and death, and the Malaysian countryside lifestyle through the creation of mixed medium artworks.


Dates: 29 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
Address: Wei-Ling Contemporary, RT01 Sixth Floor, The Gardens Mall, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 11am – 7pm on Tuesdays to Sundays

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 November 2018. If you would like to share about an upcoming art exhibition in KL, drop us an email at [email protected].

We raise our glasses and celebrate 2018 for all that it was, and welcome 2019 for all its potential!

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