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State of Art: 4 art exhibitions to visit in KL this July

We are seeing a healthy rise of good artworks being exhibited in town these days. The National Visual Art Gallery is one in the running with continuous production throughout their calendar, such as last month’s Bumi Larangan: Zulkifli Dahlan exhibition. Zulkifli, who passed at a young age back in the 70s, is a name familiar to the arts community and we are sure he inspired many rising artists.

Zulkifli’s exhibition may have already ended, but July offers many other exciting art options to check out. From unconventional masterpieces of international painters to the works of established and emerging female painters, you’re in for a visual treat.

For a peek at works of renowned international artists, we recommend you to check out Richard Koh Fine Art. The Bangsar gallery will display more than a dozen structural, superimposed canvasses by Italian painter Gianfranco Zappettini. Held from 6 to 24 July, you’ll have more than enough time to study and admire Zappettini’s unconventional use of paint-rollers to add layers to his works.

But if you’re looking forward to seeing more in the local art scene, you can never go wrong visiting the National Visual Art Gallery. This month, top Malaysian visual artists will join 98 other female painters (both homegrown and international) to display a total of 101 art pieces that depict social issues confronting women today.

So if you’re thinking of going on an art trail around the city this weekend, here’s a guide to 4 art exhibitions worth visiting in KL.


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Di Mana (Where Are) Young by National Visual Art Gallery 

A play on Bahasa and English words (“Di mana” means “where are” while young is short for “sayang”, which means “darling”), this art exhibition puts the spotlight on 101 female artists and their works depicting various social issues and struggles that modern-day women confront today. Works of notable Malaysian talents Fadilah Karim, Eddie Choo, and Sheika Khunz Corona will be on display until 31 July.

National Visual Art Gallery, Gallery 3A & 3B, No. 2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur +60340267000

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Faith: A Contemporary Islamic Art Exhibition by Galeri Prima

Malaysian art enthusiasts may continue to celebrate the Islamic month of Syawal by visiting Faith, an exhibition of works by Islamic artists at Galeri Prima. From calligraphy and sculptures to paintings, you’ll discover different interpretations of the Islamic faith from the perspectives of artists Husin Hourmain, Mohd Noor Mahmud, Fadli Yusoff, Anniketyni Madian and Kamal Sazali. The show ends 28 July.

Galeri Prima Balai Berita, 31 Jalan Riong, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, + 603 2724 8300

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Gianfranco Zappettini by Richard Koh Fine Art

Providing an overview of Italian painter Gianfranco Zappetini’s works, this exhibition features 14 paintings that he completed in a span of five decades. It includes his most recent artworks like La trama e l’ordito (The Weft and the Warp), a fine example of Zappetini’s structural, superimposed canvas — his signature style of layering different visual art mediums to create a single image. The showcase launches tomorrow and ends 27 July.

Richard Koh Fine Art Gallery, No. 229, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Park, 59000 Kuala Lumpur +603 2095 3300

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Beauty Behind the Madness by Tham Yoke

Tham Yoke, an emerging Malaysian figurative painter, presents her first solo exhibition at G13 Gallery. Melancholic and filled with longing, Tham’s works comprise 12 thought-provoking paintings. The exhibition begins 15 July and ends 28 July.

G13 Gallery, GL13, Ground Floor, Block B, Kelana Square, Jalan SS 7/26, 47301, Selangor, Malaysia, +603 – 7880 0991

Mia Sabrina

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