Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017 Hosted By The National Art Gallery

Kuala Lumpur, 23 November 2017 – Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017, a game changer in the visual art scene in Malaysia is scheduled to be held and exhibited to the public beginning 1st November 2017.

The exhibition, foreseen to stamp its presence in history as a new platform in the progression of the visual arts scene in Malaysia, will see a curatorial team appointed to lead the Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017 by its host, the National Art Gallery.

The team is led by Professor Zulkifli Yussof, an academician who is also an experienced local and international Malaysian Artist together with the curatorial team from the National Art Gallery namely Faizal Sidik, Tan Hui Koon and Baktiar Naim.

The combination of inspired young curators is aimed to successfully uphold the main theme; BELAS (BELOVED) of the Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017.

Kuala Lumpur Biennale exhibition encompassing its BELAS theme celebrates 114 individuals from across continents, consisting of 103 artists from Malaysia and 11 international artists.

Local prolific artists who has expressed and showcased their art across the era will display their work in this year’s installation and they include, Awang Damit Ahmad, Sharmiza Abu Hassan, Bibi Chew Chon Bee, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Jeganthan Ramachandran, Hayati Mukhtar, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Shooshie Sulaiman, Noor Azizan Paiman, H.H Lim, K Thangarajoo, Lisa Foo, Abdul Muid Abdul Latif, Saiful Razman, Anniketyni Madian and more.

Apart from that, BELAS will also exhibit memories of Belasungkawa or unsung heroes of local artists that has uplifted Malaysian arts to national level which consist of Syed Ahmad Jamal, Nirmala Shanmughalingam, O Don Peris and Anthony Lau.*

In conjunction with the exhibition, Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017 has in plan several supporting programs and inputs for the audience and art enthusiast to come and join in this national event.**

The opening ceremony of Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017 is officiated by YB Dato’Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia at the National Art Gallery on 23rd of November 2017,Thursday at 12.30 pm. Kuala Lumpur Biennale is open to the public on the 1st of November 2017 until the 30th March, 2018. The entrance is free.


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About the National Art Gallery Malaysia

National Art Gallery was established in 1958 by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. The National Art Gallery is a renowned and oldest art gallery in the South East Asia, holding the earliest collection of modern art in the South East Asia.