After almost 2 years of renovation, the National Art Gallery will reopen in May
The National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur is set to open to the public in May, after being closed for major roof repairs and renovations since August 2020.
This was announced during the launch of the 2022 calendar of the National Art Gallery program at the gallery today (February 15), which was chaired by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.
The Buy Art Malaysia program, which began in 2021, was also officially launched at this event. The initiative, which aims to rejuvenate the local art industry, saw the distribution of vouchers in October and November last year, allowing collectors and art lovers to buy art.
This program is continuing this year.
Among the exhibitions that will mark the reopening of the National Art Gallery is NUSAwhich will present nearly 400 works selected from the National Collection.
NUSA will explore the notion of homeland, or homeland, in relation to diversity in the context of Malaysia and the region.
the Simple will feature some of today’s leading Malaysian contemporary artists including names such as Saiful Razman, Red Hong Yi, Shafiq Nordin and Latiff Maulan. The group exhibition is meant to give visitors a chance to catch up on the upcoming and predominant trends in the contemporary art scene here.
A digital art show is also on the program. Through a collaboration with the National Museum of Australia and Mosster Studio, the Walk through a song exhibition, will make a visit stop at the National Art Gallery. It is a digital experience that pays homage to Aboriginal Australians and explores how an entire continent has been mapped for and by its people over millennia. This interactive exhibit is also based on part of the National Museum of Australia’s internationally acclaimed exhibit Songlines: Following the Seven Sisters.
“Due to the pandemic and movement control orders, the 2021 schedule was a hybrid of on-site and online events. To mark the gallery’s reopening in May, these impactful exhibitions will be designed for an on-site experience as well as online engagement to provide access to those who are abroad or unable to visit the gallery,” said Datuk Tom Abang Excepti, Chairman of the National Visual Arts Development Council.
The National Art Gallery’s Art Hospital – its national art repository and conservation center – will also begin operations this year, providing facilities for the storage of collections and offering consultation services to the public.
Visitors will be able to observe the conservation work carried out by the gallery’s Collection and Conservation unit.
If you need space for artistic research, then the National Art Resource Center is where you need to go next. The public will have access to art books, exhibition catalogues, artist files from the (national) collection and archival documents. This resource center will also offer over 10,000 arts publications and related materials.
Other highlights of the year include the seventh edition of the Young Art Entrepreneurs (YAE!) program which offers entrepreneurship courses and an artist studio residency to Malaysian artists aged 18-35; the second edition of the Malaysia Art Ecosystem Festival (MAEF); and the community art program, Art To Heart, which aims to connect art practitioners to the general public through events such as bazaars and competitions.
If you’re traveling this year, check out the public art exhibits at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Penang International Airport, Kuching International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
“KUL Art Airport showcases works by local artists at these airports, Malaysia’s main gateways. This collaboration between the National Art Gallery and Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad embraces the spirit of the National Art Gallery’s “Seni Di Lokasi” (Art on Site) concept, as adopted in its Bakat Muda Sezaman (Young Contemporaries) Award 2021.” , says Datuk Tom.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s edition of BMS saw participants showcasing art on location, in various locations across the country. The winning entries will be announced shortly.