Art Expo Malaysia Plus (2017)

by Omar

Gear up for the largest, most significant and prestigious international visual art feast in Malaysia. It is also the longest-running art fair in Southeast Asia. The 11th edition of this yearly art fair will take place from October 12 – 15, at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC), Kuala Lumpur, featuring 60 established and reputable art galleries/groups from 25 countries, exhibiting 2,000 pieces of artworks (including paintings, sculptures, installation, photography) of various style, expression and medium, under one roof.

The Malaysia bandwagon, the largest delegation, will have a good number of reputable exhibitors as well as new players in the local art scene. These galleries will represent more than 100 local artists, a great mix of pioneer artists, superstars, established and emerging young artists. The Malaysian works usually receive an extraordinarily well response and good remarks from the visitors. With a strong pool of local collectors specifically collecting Malaysian Art, it is expected that the sales of Malaysian Art would be excellent.

Chuah Seow Keng / Village Life Art

Art Expo Malaysia is probably the most public-friendly art fair in the world, as it does not charge any entrance fee, since its inception in 2007!

Malaysian Art Scenes

Malaysia exhibitors’ lineup this year includes the usual past exhibitors and supporters such as Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers, Masterpiece Auction (Tiny Rose Gallery), National Art Gallery, Bank Negara Malaysia Museum & Art Gallery, A2 Gallery, Artseni Gallery, Art WeMe Contemporary Gallery, City Art Gallery, Core Design Gallery, G13 Gallery, Gallery des Artistes, Jeth Art Gallery, Minut Init, NN Gallery, Pelita Hati Gallery Of Art, Taksu, The Print Room, V’ Art Space, Yahong Art Gallery, etc.

Some of these galleries also represent foreign artists as well; for example, Art WeMe Contemporary Gallery represents the famous China artist Sanzi, Taiwanese artists Liao Ying Hsi and Lo Ch’ing; both the art auction houses Henry Butcher and Masterpiece will showcase works by Southeast Asian artists or highlight pieces of the coming auctions; V’ Art Space will be featuring Myanmar artist Soe Soe, Turkish artist Coplu, Russian artist Galya Popova, etc.

This year sees the participation of Gallery des Artistes run by Edith Ho, a close family member of eminent Hong Kong and Macanese business magnate Dato’ Sri Stanley Ho. An advocate for niche art pieces, in her first participation in a Malaysian public art event, she will be featuring French artists Jeremi Ca and Thierry Trives works.

Awang Damit Ahmad

Internationally renowned Malaysian artist Awang Damit Ahmad (born in 1956, Sabah), whose works have been auctioned numerous times, achieving amazing records at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and local auction houses, will be honoured with a Tribute Showcase, in recognition of his contribution to the modern art scene. The booth will showcase strong works of his from the most sought after Essence Of Culture (EOC) series, Marista series, Iraga series, Payarama series, Garismega series, etc.

TSG 1895 located at Starhill Gallery will be collaborating with artist Stephen Menon for a special project, providing the audiences a new visual experience. Saged Gallery will present Kim Il Tae’s mixed 24K gold and oil on canvas, while Tree & Me Art Space will present Teo Seng Hong’s creative wood sculptures.

Save the date:

12-15 October 2017

Martrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC)

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