Sunday, June 08, 2008

Malaysian Art Through The Ages

Iconic work in acrylic - 49 Squares by Tang Tuck Kan

THE National Art Gallery is holding a SusurMasa exhibition featuring art through the ages in Malaysia. This is one of the rare opportunities to look at the history of art as well as get to know the artists and artisans who were pioneers in their own field.

If you are in Kuala Lumpur, check them out. Admission is free and the National Art Gallery has this time done a good job to showcase the works. Even unframed oils have been displayed behind a protective perspex board, thus barring itchy fingers from scratching the surface of these age-old work and defacing them.

I am expecially impressed by the collection of watercolour greats such as AB Ibrahim, Abdullah Ariff, AJ Rahman, and of course, the Father of Malaysian watercolour, Yong Mun Sen. Rare among the lot are those by Chang Fee Ming, Long Tien Shih, Chung Cheng Sun and Tew Nai Tong. You also get to see oils and acrylics, both impressionistic art as well as abstracts.

A rare piece by Long Tien Shih in oil

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