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Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur 2017


Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur 2017
(2017) by Afiq Faris. Image Courtesy of SGFA

Following its successful launch in 2016, Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur (GWKL) returns for a second edition this year, celebrating the creative scene in Greater KL and marking Malaysia's 60th year of Independence! Described as "putting the Malaysian capital on the art map",  the weekend will be buzzing with a wide range of open houses by galleries, instituitions and gourmet establishments spanning across the area, that will keep everyone on their toes as they travel from show to show.

Fortunately, GWKL's collaboration with GRAB does not only make Kuala Lumpur's visual art scene more accessible to the public, but it also increases the convenience of your travels around these art spots to make your gallery-hopping days smooth and hassle-free! (Promo code: GWKL2017).

"Bird Dance" by Latiff Mohidin. Image Courtesy of Zain Collection

Image Courtesy of Zain Collection

Program highlights will include free admission to exhibitions, projects and previews by leading galleries such as Shalini Ganendra Fine Art (SGFA), G13, HOM Art Trans, Gallery Taksu, just to name a few. Complimentary curatorial tours and special access to prominent instituitions like Islamic Arts Museum, National Visual Arts Gallery, National Textile Museum and Soka Gakkai Foundation, are also organized for your viewing.

Additional to these gallery and institutional features, the prestigious Zain Azahari Collection, one of the most respected private collections of Malaysian Art, will have insightful and engaging tours open to the public daily!

"Postcard from Delhi" (2017) by Noor Mahnun. Image Courtesy of Edge Galerie

"Coir Pavilion" by POW Ideas. Image Courtesy of SGFA

LUMINARY Program: Public talks are all set to happen on the 8th and 9th December. Here's the line up!

Friday, 8th December 2017: 4:30PM, Conversations with Herwig and Christine

  • Herwig Kempinger, President of Visual Art Society Vienna and internationally exhibiting artist working mainly in photography; previous winner of the Fine Arts Prize of the City of Vienna and the Austrian Art Award.
  • Christine Boehler, curator, coach, writer and producer; founding Director of ERSTE Foundation, Austria, promoting Central, East and Southeast European art; founder and curator of the Literatur + Medien project between 1996-2015.

Saturday, 9th December 2017: Hugo Weihe's "Collecting & Creating"

  • Dr.  Hugo Weihe“ Collecting & Creating”.   Dr. Weihe is the past International Director of Asian Art at Christie’s; previously Specialist with Sotheby’s, New York. CEO of Saffron Art.  Collector and Advisor. 
  • Sarah Ichioka, recent Director of The Architecture Foundation (UK); portfolio includes management and curatorial work for La Biennale di Venezia and Singapore's National Parks Board.

For more information on the talks, click here.

"Joke" by Kim Ng. Image Courtesy of SGFA

"Di Balik Pulau" (2016-2017) by Faizal Suhif. Image Courtesy of G 13

Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur 2017 will be taking place from tomorrow, 8th December 2017 until Sunday, 10th December 2017. Take a look at the map of the enumerated list of galleries, instituitions and gourmet expected there. 

Have a great art-filled weekend!


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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