There’s a lot of excitement going on in the Malaysian art scene. Just last month, we saw a rising number of art exhibitions featuring local artists such as Di Mana Young exhibition, which brought attention to around 100 Malaysian women talents as well as Galeri Prima’s Faith, which showcased contemporary Islamic artists.

We’re happy to see these art galleries continue their support for Malaysian artists this month. In celebration of the country’s 60th Year of Independence, you can walk through exhibitions from veteran painter Anurenda Jegadeva — known for his political visual arts and sculptor Mad Anuar Ismail’s solo debut after 40 years. New age artists won’t be losing out in August as their work will also be exhibited at hip events such as The Cooler Lumpur Fest and the Configuration series.

Still, if you’re itching for visuals by international artists, there are exhibits by Tokyo-based photographer Daido Moriyama who’s been taking photos since the 1960s’ as well as fellow Japanese national and street artist Chalkboy who is in town to showcase his chalk drawings and to conduct interactive workshops.

If you find yourself with nothing to do on weekends, why not check out any of these seven art exhibitions going on this August?

On the Way to the Airport - New Keepsakes

This solo exhibition by one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary artists, Anurenda Jegadeva showcases his experiences of living in Malaysia and Australia. Expect 35 portraits and paintings revolving around his old life as a postgraduate student in Melbourne in this exhibition that runs till 14 Aug.

Wei-Ling Contemporary, RT-1, 6th floor, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur, 59200, Malaysia, +603 2260 1106

Configuration: Parallel Universe​

The “Parallel Universe” is the fifth edition to the ongoing Configuration exhibition series, which showcases different interpretations of figurative arts in various mediums. Running until 19 August, it features 23 artworks that explore a dystopian future and surrealism from artists hailing from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. Some familiar names from our local scene include local painters Umibaizurah Mahir, Gan Chin Lee, Cheong Tuck Wai, Fadilah Karim, Hisyamuddin Abdullah, and Gan Sze Hooi. 

G13 Gallery, GL13, Ground Floor, Block B, Kelana Square, SS7/26 Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, +603 7880 0991

Chalkboy Hand-Written World

Known for his unique chalk drawings, Japanese street artist Chalkboy will be in Malaysia for his “Hand-Written World” solo exhibition. Aside from his artwork, visitors can also participate in other exciting activities such as chalk drawing demos and workshops. The exhibition runs until 22 August.

Free Art Space, Level 4, Isetan The Japan Store, Lot 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2141 7777

Merdeka : Unity Diversity

To celebrate the country’s 60th Year of Independence, “Merdeka: Unity & Diversity’’ showcases 60 art pieces that highlight defining moments in our country’s past. The aim? To unify Malaysians despite their differences in race, religion, and political views. Featuring 22 local artists with different religious and cultural backgrounds, this exhibit looks at the country’s colourful history through the eyes of the painters. It runs the entire month, ending on Merdeka Day, 31 August.

Creative Space 3, Balai Seni Negara, Off Jalan Tun Razak & Jalan Temerloh, Tijani 2 North, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 4026 7000


If you are an avid visitor of Publika KL, you would have noticed the metal cockerel sculptures that once stood in the foyer next to Ben’s. Those were Mad Anuar Ismail’s pieces. He’s been a critically-acclaimed artist for the past 40 years, but Getaran is considered his first independent exhibition — conceived after completing a line up of 14 sculptures. Runs until 13 August.

White Box @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas, No. 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6017 533 8854


White Mask Exhibition

Based on a Fixi Novo’s cyberpunk short-story of the same title, The White Mask, this exhibit brings together 22 visual artists who render their depiction of urban Malaysia in a dystopian future. Some familiar names are Ajim Juxta, BibiChun, Engku Iman and Tey Beng Sze, so you can expect a good mix of various art forms. The art exhibition is also part of The Cooler Lumpur Fest that will be held from 15 to 22 August. 

White Box @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas, No. 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6017 533 8854

Daido Moriyama: Mapping City

Daido Moriyama is a renowned photographer who has been snapping black and white photos since the 60’s (he’s 79 this year). His shots depict a deep fascination with Tokyo, which feature in most of his creations. Expect a poignant set of photographs depicting post-war Japan through his trademark elements of roughness, high contrasts and a blurry aesthetic. Runs till 9 September.

 A+ Works of Art, D6-G-8, No. 801, Jalan Sentul, 51000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6019 915 3399