Kuala Lumpur is not only a booming financial hub, it is also a platform for artistic pursuits. Besides beautiful malls and historical landmarks, the city also hosts a series of galleries and museums. Curious to find out what inspires Malaysians? Just visit these art galleries in Kuala Lumpur to find out.
Established in 1993 by PETRONAS, Galeri Petronas aims to discover and promote hidden Malaysian talents. Arty highlights include standout works by high-ranking artists Abdul Latiff Mohidin and Syed Ahmad Jamal. From time to time, Galeri Petronas hosts workshops and competitions, in hopes to improve public awareness on the local art landscape.
Ground Floor, Petronas Towers, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Created in 1989, TAKSU is the first gallery to promote the contemporary art movement in Malaysia. They have since expanded their wings to Bali and Singapore to reach out to highlight more Southeast Asian artists. The KL gallery is not only an exhibition space, it is also a consulting firm wherein collectors and dealers can seek advise. Their best pillar to date: the TARP (Artist Residency Program), an exhibition-centric program that promotes collaborative efforts between young talents.
Jalan Pawang, Kuala Lumpur
Wei Ling Gallery
Founded by art enthusiast Lim Wei Ling, Wei Ling Gallery is definitely a labor of love. Located on Brickfield’s Jalan Scott, the gallery tirelessly showcases both local and international contemporary art every month. Wei Ling’s portfolio covers all aspects of art including paintings, architecture models, sculptures, photography and mixed media installations. The gallery also doubles as a publishing house; here, you can find many books profiling contemporary artists and their approaches.
8 Jalan Scott, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur
National Visual Arts Gallery
Located in a complex next to the National Library Theatre, the National Visual Arts Gallery sits for art lovers and knowledge seekers to come together. Starting with only four artworks in 1958, the gallery has grown in leaps and bounds. Today, it boasts over 4,000 Malaysian artworks, making it one of the best art galleries in Kuala Lumpur to date.
National Visual Arts Gallery, 23B Jalan Bachang, Kuala Lumpur
Owning its name to Perak’s Bukit Chandan, Galeri Chandan promotes cultural exchanges, art and craftsmanship. On top of promoting urban installations, the hip gallery also highlights contemporary indigenous art via three in-house programs: The Future of Malaysian Art Project, Malaysian Emerging Artist Award, and the Kembara Jiwa (Travelling Soul) Award.
Publika, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Map @ Publika
Publika’s Map splits into two divisions: the White Box and the Black Box. Due to its open-plan perimeter, the White Box is more apt for showcasing art exhibitions and grand installations. The Black Box, meanwhile, serves as a 250-seat theatre hosting music events, video installations, and stand-up comedy events.
1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Alliance Française KL
Alliance Française is first and foremost a language centre, so one would not typically know them to be an exhibition space. Well, they are one! Following this, Alliance Française hosts the annual French Film Festival, which explores not only summer films but also contemporary French art.
15 Lorong Gurney, Kuala Lumpur
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