The 12th International Art Expo Malaysia (AEM) 2018 promises to be the most exciting yet – chock-full of highlights like the Special Exhibition Area of curatorial projects for selected reputable South-east Asian galleries, besides a Japanese Pavilion housing the biggest representation of Japanese artists.
The Art Expo Malaysia 2018, the 12th edition since 2007, will be held at the Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC), Kuala Lumpur, from October 12-14.
Some 65 exhibitors (mainly galleries) exhibiting 1,500 pieces of quality artworks (including paintings, sculptures, installation, photography) of various style, expression and medium, representing a wide spectrum of artists from 22 countries will pack Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) in the biggest art event of commerce and networking.
Wei-Ling Gallery will frontline the Art Project Room. The Special Exhibition Area will also array local galleries Richard Koh Fine Art, Segaris Art Center, A+ Works Of Art; foreign galleries Gajah Gallery (Singapore), Eskinita Art Gallery (Philippines), S.A.C. Gallery Bangkok (Thailand), Kohesi Initiatives (Indonesia), Lawangwangi (Indonesia) and CUC Gallery (Vietnam).
Wei-Ling Gallery’s projection of Tanah Air will feature the ‘3 Cs’ – Chong Kim Chiew, Chin Kong Yee and Chen Wei Ming. Seah Ze Lin will be the toast of Richard Koh Fine Art with his amorphous spiritual works in copper, while Segaris Art Center will array Zulkifli Yusoff, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Ramlan Abdullah and Fauzan Omar.
The upheavels of the seismic GE14 (General Election), before and after, will be springboard of Chang Fee Ming’s lusciously vibrant showcase, Malaysia: Dulu, Kini Dan… in A+ Works Of Art’s debut. One of Asia’s finest watercolour masters, Fee Ming (b. 1959) is best known for his magnum opus of his landmark 10-year painting expedition of the Mekong culminating in touring solos in 2004 and 2008.
Malaysians Sabri Idrus (b. 1971) and Kayleigh Goh (b. 1993) will be in Gajah Gallery’s international cast that includes the Australian-based Singapore’s Suzann Victor (b. 1959) and performance artist-ceramist Jason Lim (b. 1966), Barbados’ Ashley Bickerton, Indonesia’s Yunizar (b. 1971), Erizal As (b. 1979), and Mangu Putra (b. 1963).
Eskinita Art Gallery is run by award-winning Filipino artists Alfredo Esquillo and Renato ‘Ato’ Habulan, both known for their Social Realist works with an ecclesiastical edge. Its proposed participating artists are two female icons, Brenda Fajardo (b. 1940) and Imelda Cajipe-Endaya (b. 1949).
S.A.C. Gallery Bangkok will feature the installations and performance of Thidarat Chantachua, in her Bangkok Tea Project, negotiating cultural hybridity.
Kohesi Initiatives will parade prominent art figures such as Heri Dono (b. 1960) and Eddie Hara (b. 1957), as well as young contemporary Indonesian artists in its specially-curated exhibition entitled “Reflection” that delve on the contemplative dimension in artistic manner.
Works of Indonesian multimedia artist Eddy Susanto (b. 1975) pushes new paradigms and truths on the subject or issue covered. He is represented by Lawangwangi (Indonesia), first-time participant in Art Expo Malaysia.
The pool of seven artists in Vietnam’s CUC Gallery will be driven by the Surreal Realities theme. They are Nguyen Trung (b. 1940), Tulip Duong (b. 1959), Do Huang Tuong (b. 1960), Nguyen Truc (b. 1969), Nguyen Son (b. 1974), Ly Tran Quynh Giang (b. 1978) and Nguyen Van Phuc (b. 1978).
On the heels of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s Re-Looking East, the strong show of Japanese participation taking up 162 square metres of space will see some of the Next Big Names of Nipponserie.
Notable contemporary Japanese artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Superflat Urban Pop superstar Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Senju and the cult post-War Gutai group have all passed through the AEM’s portals.
In the Japan Pavilion, Gallery UG with uninterrupted presence since 2016, is the only familiar face among the eight galleries of 40 artists, the others being Gallery Hanakagesho, Gallery Ishikawa, Gallery Seek, Gallery Suiha, Hakkendo Gallery, Smart Ship Gallery and Kinosho Kikaku. Japan last made an impact in 2016 with some 34 artists from four galleries namely Gallery UG, LSD, Shinseido and Kato Art Duo. This time around, the notable players include Kunihiko Nohara, Tomoko Wada, Akihiro Fujimoto, Takeshi Harada, Yoshikazu Hiramatzu, Yuji Takahashi and Kinosho Kikaku. The Japan Pavilion is sponsored by Warehouse TERRADA, and the official logistic partner is TERRADA ART ASSIST Co., Ltd. Meanwhile, LSD (from Japan too) booth is located outside the Japan Pavilion.
The 12th edition will still see two great stalwarts who have been with the expo 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. Works by Francis Bacon, Spanish masters Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali etc will be showcased at ATR Gallery booth too.
From Europe, there is also the Galerie Bruno Massa from France, and DC ARTE from Switzerland.
Malaysia exhibitors’ lineup this year also 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 Fine Art, NN Gallery, TAKSU, The Art People Gallery, V’Art Space etc.
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 medium. HBAA booth will also showcase highlight pieces of its coming art auction on October 28.
Aureo Gallery presents Gold Artist Kim Il Tae, whose works are in the collection of Prince Michael of Kent, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt, Oprah Winfrey, ‘Gangnam’ Psy, Chinese celebrities Tang Wei and Zhou Xun etc. Kim held a 2-week solo exhibition at London’s Saatchi gallery back in 2016.
Meanwhile, The Secret Garden (TSG 1895) will collaborate with local artist Agnes Lau for a great presentation. Gallery des Artistes run by Edith Ho, an advocate for niche art pieces, a close family member of eminent Hong Kong and Macanese business magnate Dato’ Sri Stanley Ho, will be featuring 5 French artists namely Jeremi Ca, Hersk, Isa K, Nicolas Desbons, and Dabid Ferreira works.
Besides Gajah Gallery, the other 8 participating galleries from Singapore are Art Porters, Art Xchange Gallery, ArtBlue Studio, Gnani Arts, REDSEA Gallery, White Space Art Asia, first-time participants Asian Art Platform, and Mazel Galerie.
Thailand’s Number 1 Gallery showcases contemporary pieces with stunning, eye-catching visuals painted by young emerging Thai artists Boonhlue Yangsauy, Pat Yingcharoen, Tewaporn Mhaikongkaew, etc.
Among the 23 new galleries include Trish Gallery (Myanmar), EStyle Art Gallery (Taiwan), Spence Gallery (Canada), NYICAS (United States), Mookji Art Collaboration (China), L Gallery and Space 1326 (South Korea), making up 38% of the participants.
French porcelain maker Bernardaud (founded in 1863) will offer mini versions in stainless steel of Jeff Koon’s Balloon Dog and Animal Series, while glimpses from the collections of 2 prominent collectors will add to the visual feast. Born in 1955 in York, Pennsylvania, Jeff Koons is without question one of the most important living artists. He is among the few who successfully extract the essentials from avant-gardism, most notably Pop Art. In his hands, even the most familiar, everyday items transcend commonality to become true icons that manifest the essence of American popular culture. Yet on a broader scope, we are presented with positive messages of acceptance and humanity, themes which resonate universally.
Founded in 1863 in Limoges, France, and still owned by the family, Bernardaud continues at the cutting edge of creativity and innovation while upholding its core values of excellence, superior quality and precision. Working in a sector that is in a permanent state of change, the house continues to develop advanced technology and push back technical limits in the art and science of porcelain-making. The company’s determination to work to the highest of standards is the key to its collaboration with internationally famous contemporary artists Founded in 1863 in Limoges, France, and still owned by the family, Bernardaud continues at the cutting edge of creativity and innovation while upholding its core values of excellence, superior quality and precision. Working in a sector that is in a permanent state of change, the house continues to develop advanced technology and push back technical limits in the art and science of porcelain-making. The company’s determination to work to the highest of standards is the key to its collaboration with internationally famous contemporary artist Born in 1955 in York, Pennsylvania, Jeff Koons is without question one of the most important living artists. He is among the few who successfully extract the essentials from avant-gardism, most notably Pop Art. In his hands, even the most familiar, everyday items transcend commonality to become true icons that manifest the essence of American popular culture. Yet on a broader scope, we are presented with positive messages of acceptance and humanity, themes which resonate universally. Koons works are exhibited throughout the world and are found in numerous public and private collections.
There will also be a two-day art talk on various topics such as art investment, art collecting journey, art conservation etc by prominent local and foreign speakers, while the Embassy’s Row of cultural exchange will feature works of artists selected from the embassies of Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Italy and Russia. The 93-year-old Taiwanese Chinese ink Grandmaster Prof. Li Chi Mao will be exhibiting few contemporary pieces of recent works, while Shaanxi Artists Group led by Prof. Wang Xijing complete the list.
Art Expo Malaysia is under the Royal Patronage of Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Perlis, DYTM Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, and DYTM Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil. “We, as the Royal Patron, have watched over the growth of the Art Expo Malaysia, and are proud of its achievements and progress. As years goes by, we see better quality of artworks and even masterpieces by some of the most famous names in the art world, we see increasing visitorship and most importantly the increasing awareness towards art appreciation in the public, we see increasing media coverage on the Expo be it locally or abroad as it is worth reporting about, we see participation from more countries, we see a higher sales of artworks recorded, just to mention a few. It is achieved via the hard work and painstaking effort by the organisers, where they overcome daunting challenges and obstacles, keep on striving to improve on the quality of the Expo in every aspects to meet international expectation. This is the Malaysian fighting spirit. We hope the organisers would keep on adding new programmes and come up with interesting attractions, in order to value-add and also to make the Art Expo Malaysia something special that the art enthusiasts, whether at home or abroad, are keen to visit every year. The Art Expo Malaysia has definitely brought the visual arts industry in Malaysia a big leap forward. Syabas!”
Co-founder and Fair Director Sim Pojinn said, “Art Expo Malaysia promotes Malaysia Art in an international art platform, promoting local galleries and artists world widely, educating the public about art appreciation and art investment, promoting arts to a wider community (via intensive marketing) thus nurturing the interest towards arts in them, bolstering Kuala Lumpur as an important art hub in South-east Asia that is active in art commerce and art development, as well as networking within the community. Following last year’s success of recording good sales and visitorship of 30,000 people, we hope to achieve a greater success while we improve from different aspects.”
The 12th International Art Expo Malaysia 2018 will take place at Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) Kuala Lumpur on 12-14 October. Opening hours from 11am to 8pm daily, except Oct 14, from 11am to 7pm. For more information, please contact 03-7728 3677 / 012-206 1345 / firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.artexpomalaysia.com