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Art Expo Malaysia 2018 is here!

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Art Expo Malaysia 2018 is here!

Art Expo Malaysia  (AEM) celebrates this year’s edition, its 12th, as Southeast Asia’s longest-running international art fair. With the unveiling of a curated 1+9 South East Asia Special Exhibition Area, AEM seeks to offer a different tack to exhibition presentation and appreciation; this area will also hold the inaugural Japan Pavilion. Taking place at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur from 12 – 14 October, AEM will feature 65 galleries from 22 countries, exhibiting 1,500 artworks under one roof.

On the heels of Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir’s Re-Looking East, the strong show of Japanese participation will see some of the Next Big Names of Nipponserie. The biggest Japanese representation of a total of nearly 40 artists from eight galleries will showcase in a 162 square metres space under the Japan Pavilion. The galleries are Gallery UG, Gallery Hanakagesho, Gallery Ishikawa, Gallery Seek, Gallery Suiha, Hakkendo Gallery, Smart Ship Gallery and Kinosho Kikaku. Notable artists among them following Pop anime and Otaku are Akihiro Fujimoto, Hiroki Yoshida, Yasuhiro Asai, Takeshi Harada, Yoshikazu Hiramatzu, Kunihiko Nohara, Misako Maegaki and Yasuhiro Asai. The Japan Pavilion is sponsored by Warehouse TERRADA, and the official logistics partner is TERRADA ART ASSIST Co., Ltd.

Image courtesy of Art Expo Malaysia 

This year’s instalment of Art Expo Malaysia will see a new flank of special curatorial exhibitions that seek to focus on contemporary, hot-button issues that are portrayed by socially and politically engaged artists. Wei-Ling Gallery will frontline the Art Project Room with its 100 square metres of space, showcasing Chong Kim Chiew, Chon Kong Yee, and Chen Wei Ming. Eight reputable galleries including three from Malaysia will provide cutting-edge works. The Malaysian galleries are A+ Works of Art, Richard Koh Fine Art (Zelin Seah) and Segaris Art Centre (Zulkifli Yusoff, Ramlan Abdullah, Jalaini Abu Hassan and Fauzan Omar). The others are Gajah Gallery (Singapore), Subhashok Art Centre (Thailand), Srisasanti Gallery (Indonesia), Eskinita Art Gallery (Philippines) and CUC Gallery (Vietnam).

Image courtesy of Art Expo Malaysia 

Malaysia exhibitors’ line-up this year includes the usual past exhibitors and supporters such as Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers, Masterpiece Auction, National Art Gallery, Artemis Art, Aureo Gallery, G13 Gallery, Gallery Des Artistes, Jeth Art Gallery, NN Gallery, Taksu, The Art People Gallery, V’ Art Space and so on. This year we will see the strong presence of 8 galleries from Singapore, forming another large exhibitor group following the Malaysian and Japanese bandwagon. They are Art Porters, Art Xchange Gallery, ArtBlue Studio, Gnani Arts, Redsea Gallery, White Space Art Asia, and first-time participants Asian Art Platform, and Mazel Galerie.

In remembrance of the late Khalil Ibrahim (1934 – 2018) vast contribution to the Malaysian art scene, Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers (HBAA) presents Tribute To Khalil Ibrahim, exhibiting early works from the 1960s to 2000s of diverse mediums. HBAA booth will also showcase highlight pieces of its coming art auction on October 28.

Image courtesy of Art Expo Malaysia 

The 12th edition will still see two great stalwarts who have been with the AEM from Year 1 in 2007, the greatly revered Hong Kong gallery Chit Fung Art known for its authentic Chinese ink masters, and Spain’s ATR Gallery which has made the hugely talented sculptor Jesus Curia a household name in this region.

Among the 23 new galleries will be Trish Gallery (Myanmar), EStyle Art Gallery (Taiwan), Spence Gallery (Canada), NYICAS (United States), and Space 1326 (South Korea), making up 38% of the participants.

A two-day Art Talk will also be held on 12 and 13 October, featuring more than 10 professionals with diverse backgrounds in the art scene.

To find out more about this year’s edition of Art Expo Malaysia, click here.


Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.



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