Art & The City: 3 must-see exhibitions in KL this week

It’s all about pop-ups, auctions and welcoming the new this week in the art scene in Kuala Lumpur. We’ve handpicked three timely must-see art exhibitions:

Now or Never: Pop-up Exhibition

Abdul Mansor_3 horned rhino beetle_Vallette Gallery
Photo: Abdul Mansor ‘3 horned rhino beetle’, Vallette Gallery

In conjunction with the Art Economy Conference happening 24 – 25 March 2015, a pop-up exhibition will take place in the ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur featuring works by Fai Zakaria, Abdul Mansoor, Faizal Suhif, Loo Foh Sang,  Nizam Rahmat, Honey Khor, Syed Thajudeen and Dr Cheah Thien Song.

JW Marriott, 183 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, +60 3 2719 8666,

Henry Butcher Malaysian and Southeast Asian Art Auction

CHONG SIEW YING_Idyylle II_oil on canvas_Henry Butcher
Photo: Chong Siew Ying ‘Idylle II’, Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers

The Henry Butcher art auction is back featuring works from Khalil Ibrahim, Abdul Latiff Mohidin, Chong Siew Ying and Chang Fee Ming, to name a few of the 88 lots up for auction.

See the full viewing at Curate in Mont Kiara, ongoing until 28 March. Witness the auction on Sunday, 29 March 2015 at 1pm at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers,  LG1-1, SENI Mont Kiara, 2a Changkat Duta Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, +60 3 2691 3089,

Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, 1A Jalan Bukit Kiara 1, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

Artemis Gallery: Beauty in the Beast

Photo: Haris Rashid 'Stop killing the beast'
Photo: Haris Rashid ‘Stop killing the beast’

Over at Publika, Kedah-born and KL-based artist, Haris Rashid, will be opening his first ever solo exhibition this Friday, 27 March 2015 at Artemis Gallery.

Titled, ‘Beauty in the Beast’, the collection features creatures deemed as beasts in his signature Eastern-style art nouveau illustrations that present hints of calligraphy and batik.

The exhibition will run until Sunday, 12 April 2015.

Publika Shopping Gallery, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, +60 3 6211 1891

Dee May is a digital content curator. Blunt and adventurous, she tells stories as they are and travels through underground bars in search of craft beers and local secrets. Follow her @dmaytan on Instagram and Twitter.