Art & the City: 5 art exhibitions to see in KL this September

Updated on January 4 2016

The month of September brings together both up and coming and established artists from the local and international art scene. From colourful and distinct urban art to the dark and mysterious, here are five art exhibitions to add to your calendar.



Curated by Badrolhisham M Tahir, Twins features a collection of works  by contemporary artist and sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi in the past decade. The exhibition draws on the subtle differences between twins that go beyond their physical likeness. 

Twins is currently ongoing and will be held until 4 October 2015 at Galeri Petronas. Opens 10:00am to 8:00pm.

Level 3, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur,


The Flower

Featuring ‘Tinyworld’-like paintings on mainly paper — a new medium for the Kuala Lumpur-based artist, Chin Kong Yee — the series of ten paintings features Chin’s perspective of selected locations from across the globe such as the Duomo in Firenze and the city of Dresden from a 360-degree perspective transpired through the likes of acrylic and Chinese inks using moments captured through a fish eye lens as his point of reference.

This will be Chin’s seventh solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibtion is ongoing until 14 September 2015.

Wei-Ling Gallery, No 8, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470, Kuala Lumpur,

Photo: Chin Kong Yee ‘The Flower’ (2015), acrylic on paper


Justin Lim: Modern Absurdity and the Superficial Abyss

In Justin Lim’s eighth solo exhibition, Modern Absurdity and the Superficial Abyss, he mainly features textured paintings painted entirely in black as well as a confronting portrait of eyes that puts forth the idea of searching for the truth within an illusionary space.

The exhibition will be on at Richard Koh Fine Art, Bangsar Village II from 8 until 23 September 2015. Opens from 10:00am – 10:00pm daily.

Richard Koh Fine Art, Lot No. 2F-3, Level 2, Bangsar Village II, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur,


Galactic Highway: the personal and universal worlds of Donald Abraham and Soni Irawan

Galactic Highway showcases a dialogue between the two artists — Donald from Labuan and Soni from Yogyakarta. Loosely termed as street art, expect contrasting works from the Malaysian and Indonesian artists that exude vibrance and energy through their own styles.

The exhibition opens 3 September 2015 and will be on until 30 September 2015.

Vallette Gallery, 22 Jalan Bruas, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur,

Photo: Yellow People by Donald Abraham (2015)


100 Days of Beastiarium

Russian-born and KL-based Elena Kravchenko (The Last Dandelion) created one art piece per day for 100 consecutive days using various media. The result? A solo exhibition featuring 60 “beasts” drawn from fairytales, legends and Northeast European literature and fantasy.

Kitch-N-Art Gallery Lot 56, Art Row, Level G2, Publika Shopping Gallery, Kuala Lumpur,

Photo: Elena Kravchenko

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.