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Art and cultural spaces in Kuala Lumpur
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Jan 2020
Art and cultural spaces in Kuala Lumpur
PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
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Suma Orientalis

Suma Orientalis
last updated: 28 Jan 2020

According to Suma Orientalis, the art gallery’s name is an amalgamation of two words. Suma refers to ‘flower’ in Sanskrit, while Orientalis means ‘land in the east’ in Latin. Put it together and Suma Orientalis means ‘flower of the east’. With a name as such, it’s not surprising that the art gallery champions Asian art – not just by local artists but from around the world.

Suma Orientalis
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11, Lorong 11/4f, Seksyen 11, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
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KongsiKL

KongsiKL
last updated: 28 Jan 2020

Established by a group of people who call themselves the KakiKongsi, this space in Jalan Klang Lama is a platform to “share resources and content to inspire and enhance the social cohesion of the local community.” Think anything arts and music-related that will increase your awareness and appreciation of it.

KongsiKL
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Taman Goodwood, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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RAW Art Space

RAW Art Space
last updated: 28 Jan 2020

A place where art, performance art, and music come together, RAW Art Space is the place to look out for if you want to be in touch with the local arts scene.

RAW Art Space
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Jalan Panggong, no. 4th floor, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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ZHAN

ZHAN
last updated: 28 Jan 2020

ZHAN is a new art gallery in town, located in Jaya One. While art exhibitions are not back-to-back like the bigger art galleries in KL, you can find pieces by smaller, lesser-known local artists here.

ZHAN
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100-G.025, Block J, The School, Jaya One, No, 72A, Jalan Universiti, Pjs 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
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Balai Seni Negara

Balai Seni Negara
last updated: 28 Jan 2020

Balai Seni Negara has been around for ages – since 1958, to be exact. While most Malaysians may look at the Balai Seni Negara in the same vein as the Muzium Negara, the former actually has some pretty good international exhibitions. Also known as the National Arts Gallery, this public space preserves and conserves local artwork, as well as owning over 3,600 pieces of art. And if you think this space isn’t cool, this information may change your mind: they once housed American artist Robert Rauschenberg’s works before.

Balai Seni Negara
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No. 2, Jalan Temerloh, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Ilham Gallery

Ilham Gallery
last updated: 28 Jan 2020

One of the newer-established art galleries in this list, Ilham Gallery opened its doors in 2015, nestled in the towering Menara Ilham. In here you will find a collection of modern and contemporary Malaysian art pieces, as well as notable pieces from the Southeast Asian region and internationally. Ilham Gallery regularly hosts art exhibitions and educational programmes that are open to the public.

Ilham Gallery
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3 & 5, Ilham Tower, 8, Jln Binjai, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Richard Koh Fine Art

Richard Koh Fine Art
last updated: 28 Jan 2020

While this private art gallery is by appointment only, Richard Koh Fine Art regularly hosts interesting art exhibitions that make it worth the call. The gallery features many international names focusing on more contemporary works. Our very own Yeoh Choo Kuan is represented by Richard Koh, and his works can be purchased in this gallery.

Richard Koh Fine Art
Address
229, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Taksu Kuala Lumpur

Taksu Kuala Lumpur
last updated: 28 Jan 2020

Hidden within a housing neighbourhood in Jalan Pawang is Taksu Kuala Lumpur, a small but punchy art gallery. Getting there might not be as accessible, but pay a visit during their many exhibitions and you won’t be disappointed. The home setting is not just for aesthetics but also helps potential buyers envision how the art piece would look like in their own home. Taksu is known for hosting “Locals Only!” exhibitions from time to time that put an emphasis on only displaying – you guessed it – local artists’ works.

Taksu Kuala Lumpur
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17, Jalan Pawang, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 54000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Wei-Ling Contemporary

Wei-Ling Contemporary
last updated: 28 Jan 2020

Wei-Ling Contemporary may have a cool, expansive space on the highest floor of The Gardens Mall, but its flagship sister gallery started out in humble Brickfields, amidst a formerly fire-ravaged shop lot. The Peranakan antique doors greet you at the front, but its interior is kept bare to best illuminate the artsy treasures it holds. From time to time, Wei-Ling Contemporary hosts talks by artists and art investors that are open to anyone who’s interested. The fact that the art gallery is located within a shopping mall also makes it that much easier and accessible for those who may be intimidated to go to one.

Wei-Ling Contemporary
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6th Floor, The Gardens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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RUANG by Think City

RUANG by Think City
last updated: 28 Jan 2020

Ruang by Think City opened in mid-2016 as part of Think City’s efforts in promoting the reuse of old buildings – this one used to be a bank back in the 60s – and to offer a space for community activation efforts in downtown Kuala Lumpur. It’s a blank canvas for events and activities including workshops, art exhibitions, seminars, intimate events, and more. Urbanscapes regularly holds its annual art activities in Ruang by Think City, further establishing this building as a hip venue for the arts.

RUANG by Think City
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2, Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.
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