It’s officially the second half of the year, and we’re blown away by how fast time passes. This month, Malaysians will celebrate the country’s Independence Day on 31 August 2016 and to get your spirit ready for the festivities, here’s a few art exhibitions by Malaysian artists to check out this month. The themes of the exhibitions include a showcase of the transformational period during the service of Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, exploring our infatuation with the past where good times were abundant, as well as the convergence of souls and the conversations between them.
Convergence of Souls
Fergana Art presents a collection of art from past and present Malaysian artists with works dating as early as 1932 to present day. 17 artists will be represented in this exhibition, some of whom are Abdul Latiff Mohidin, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Joseph Tan, Mad Anuar Ismail and Wong Hoy Cheong. Curated by Zainol Abidin Shariff (Zabas), the show is a journey of sorts throughout the timeline of Malaysia as a growing nation.
The exhibition will run from 11am – 8pm during 6 – 11 August 2016 at Black Box, Publika. Children should be accompanied by adults when visiting this exhibition.
Black Box, Publika, Level G2-01, Block A5 Kencana Tower 1, Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2713 1033, www.facebook.com/fergana.art
Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival 2016
A two-day festival packed with a variety of art on display, music and theatre performances, art workshops, stand-up comedy and even a morning Walk to the Future, this is one arts festival not to be missed. The event is family-friendly where the morning half of both days are dedicated to children. The exciting festival line-up includes performances from the likes of Harith Iskander, Fynn Jamal, Dasha Logan and Nyoban Kan among many, many more.
Admission is free to the festival that will run on 20 and 21 August 2016 from 10.30am to 10pm on both days at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC).
The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 4047 9000, klpac.org/ysdartsfest
Shanghai-based artist Fang Wei is having his first solo exhibition with Richard Koh Fine Art where there will be 15 oil and watercolour paintings on display. The paintings being displayed depict indistinct humanoid figures with lush, expansive landscapes which might be inspired by the artist’s regular trips to the countryside.
The exhibition will run daily from 11am – 8pm until 5 August 2016.
Richard Koh Fine Art, Lot No. 2F-3, Bangsar Village II, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2283 3677, rkfineart.com
The Past is Never Where You Think You Left It
Gowri Balasegaran is the curator for this group exhibition comprising works by a selection of prominent artists in Malaysia, namely Anurendra Jegadeva, Chong Kim Chiew, Choy Chun Wei, Gan Sze Hooi, Ivan Lam, K. Azril Ismail, Kim Ng, Minstrel Kuik and Rajinder Singh. The title of the exhibition is quoted from Ship of Fools, a book by Katherine Porter — it deals with our infatuation with the past. The participating artists were invited to present a work from the present jointly with an object from their past.
The exhibition will run until 11 August 2016.
Wei-Ling Contemporary, RT01 Sixth Floor, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur, +60 3 2282 8323, www.weiling-gallery.com
Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad held the role for 22 years from 1981 to 2003. The era of his guidance saw the country undergo a transformation from an agrarian nation to become largely industrial. Malaysia’s landscape was forever changed with new infrastructure and development projects including the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur International Airport while Malaysians were imbued with a growing sense of self-confidence or can do spirit also verbalised as Malaysia Boleh. It was also a transformative period for the visual arts scene, where producing socially relevant art saw a re-emergence.
The exhibition will run until 20 November 2016.
Ilham Gallery, Levels 3 & 5, Ilham Tower, No. 8, Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ilhamgallery.com