Return of Art Exhibitions in KL! What to See in July 2022

Artist Brian Tai, Jalan Yap Ah Loy Old Shops, Ink and watercolour on paper
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Through the thick and thin, one thing has prevailed: art! You know things are looking up when going out doesn’t have to be so purposeful, and you can actually spend time around quiet contemplations and colourful creations. The local art community has been buzzing with new collections after that lengthy lockdown, so here’s a few exhibitions featuring what happened!

Simulacrum by the TitikMerah Collective

Artist: Adeputra Masri | Image credit: ZHAN Art | Space

Celebrating its eighth anniversary in June 2022, the TitikMerah Collective by Adeputra Masri, Latif Maulan, and Ajim Juxta continues to support the local arts community and encourage emerging artists to explore ideas via proactive exhibitions.

The collective’s newest exhibition simulacrum derives from the meaning of ‘something that looks like or represents something else’. Co-founder Ajim Juxta notes that the theme was chosen to best present the different subject matters done by each of the 18 featured artists, all abstract, realism, or conceptual. The exhibition is compromised of paintings, sculptures, and digital works.

Date: 25 June – 31 July 2022
Hours: 10am – 5pm
Location: 100-G.025, Block J, The School, Jaya One, No, 72A, Jln Profesor Diraja Ungku Aziz, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

The Magnificent Two by Brian Tai and Shireen Lee

Nocturnal Symphony #3 by Shireen Lee | Image credit: Shireen Lee

Watercolour enthusiasts and artists will enjoy notable presences of The Malaysian Watercolour Society members Brian Tai and Shireen Lee in their latest joint exhibition at the Heritage 1957 Café & Gallery. As dabblers in the art of ink and sketching in watercolour mediums, their enthusiasm combined with affinities for scenic settings of both nature and cityscapes aids the hope of encouraging love for watercolour arts in the public sphere.

A painting workshop will be conducted by Shireen Lee on 20th July 2022; interested participants may contact the gallery for further information.

Date: 17 July – 17 August 2022
Hours: 8am – 5pm (Closed on Mondays)
Location: Heritage 1957 Café & Gallery, No 8A, Jalan Panggong, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Ilham Art Show 2022

Highlighting the processes and acts of making, and of ideas and concepts, the ILHAM Art Show features 31 artists selected to be a part of the gallery’s inaugural triennial exhibition.

Check out the dates below for special artist conversations and tours for the month of July!

14 and 21 July 2022 (3pm)
ILHAM Art Show Tour with artist Dipali Gupta
A 45-minute tour around the gallery. Please meet on Level 5, just outside the exhibition
Slot booking: [email protected]


16 July 2022 (11am)
ARTIST CONVERSATIONS featuring Izat Arif, Azizan Paiman, Haris Abadi, Engku Iman, Tin & Theyvapaalan S Jayaratnam
Limited slots. Reservations open a week prior to the day of the talk. Confirmation emails required on entry.
Slot booking: [email protected]

Date: 17 May – 23 October 2022
Hours: 11am – 7pm (Tuesdays – Saturdays), 11am – 5pm (Sundays), Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Location: Levels 3 & 5, Ilham Tower, No. 8, Jalan Binjai 50450 Kuala Lumpur

A Paradigm Shift – Reflecting on 20 Years of The Malaysian Art Scene

Love and Happiness by Wong Chee Meng | Image credit: Wei-Ling Gallery

In conjunction with its 20th anniversary, Wei-Ling Gallery curates a seminal exhibition featuring contemporary Malaysian artist, whose artistic practices and critical provocations have defined the Malaysian art scene for the past 20 years.

The country’s contemporary art scene has long aimed to express the country’s highlights and issues, and to inspire the critical evolution of its artists and their engaging in themes that continue to have a pressing relevance. What better way to witness this perseverance than through this display of collectiveness?

*Exhibition access is by appointment only. For appointments and further assistance, please contact +60322601106 or e-mail [email protected].

Date: 21st June – 6 August 2022
Hours: 10am – 6pm (Tuesdays – Fridays), 10am – 5pm (Saturdays)
Location: No 8, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Website: Paradigm Shift

If you would like to share about an upcoming art exhibition in KL for the rest of 2022, drop an email to our staff writer, Sarah Anne at [email protected].

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