Happenings

Jolly Koh @ 76

30 Nov 2017 to 17 Dec 2017

Veteran artist Jolly Koh will be exhibiting some 40 major oil and acrylic works in conjunction with the launch of his third book, entitled Jolly Koh @ 76.

According to a press release publicising the event, Koh's commitment to the mind as well as the senses is documented in this new book — one of the very few to have been written by an artist about his own work and times.

Jakarta Biennale 2017

04 Nov 2017 to 10 Dec 2017

A biennale functions as a dialogue with local and international relevance. The relentless search for the origin of Indonesian art, in the face of the fraught colonial legacy, forms the essential inspiration for Jakarta Biennale 2017.

Jiwa is a force enclosing and separating entities necessary in life. As the underlying theme of the Jakarta Biennale 2017, Jiwa appears in various guises. Motivating imagination and creation in space and time, Jiwa can be understood as the agency embodied in art’s practice and in its appearances.

"Century of Light" at National Gallery Singapore

16 Nov 2017 to 11 Mar 2018

Century of Light features two exhibitions, Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay and Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna, that demonstrate the range of painting styles and art movements that developed in 19th century Europe during the post-enlightenment period of innovation and change. 

COLOURS OF IMPRESSIONISM: MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSÉE D’ORSAY

Peekaboo

04 Nov 2017 to 18 Nov 2017

Malacca-based, young artist Chong Soon Leong's latest solo show is entitled Peekaboo at the gallery's Project Room.

Showcasing seven works, Chong's paintings feature children's portraits. The artist depicts colorful imagery in the background of his typical work.

Peekaboo was inspired by a children's game.  The artist highlights the innocence of children in his artworks and portray them in playful scenes.

So You Want To Be In An Art Group

07 Nov 2017 to 18 Nov 2017

So You Want To Be In An Art Group, is the title of a programme initiated by HOM Art Trans.

It aims to gather young artists who would like to join an art group which will be managed by the gallery. 

This first edition involves three groups, namely, Noktah, Pancar and Pentagon, each consists of five members who are graduates of local art schools, including Universiti Teknologi Mara, Dasein Academy of Art and The One Academy.

KL Biennale's grand plan

01 Nov 2017 to 31 Mar 2018

The inaugural Kuala Lumpur Biennale features over 100 works by 120 artists from Southeast Asia, China, South Korea, Japan and India. According to the National Art Gallery's press release, the biennale's theme is BELAS or "Be Loved" that "recognizes, embraces and echoes societal values".

Central to the KL Biennale are stories related to the theme, presented via a curated exhibition of modern and contemporary works, which includes:

• love for Nature or Belas Alam 

• love for heritage or Belas Warisan 

• love for people or Belas Insan 

To You I Surrender My Vanity

28 Oct 2017 to 03 Dec 2017

The latest solo exhibition by mid-career artist Eng Hwee Chu, 50, entitled To You I Surrender My Vanity is aimed as "an archival exhibition" to celebrate Eng's unique artistic style.

Eng's style has been described as "feminist" while another scholar coined it as "magical realism" but her paintings portray emotions with subjective interpretations rather than actual physical reality.

It has been said that her style "reflects a co-relation with figurative expressionism praised from Germany in the early 1900s".

Chia Yu Chian Enlivened

02 Nov 2017 to 07 Nov 2017

50 paintings by Chia Yu Chian (d.1990) will be showcased in a posthumous retrospective exhibition entitled, Chia Yu Chian Enlivened.​

Chia was the first artist from the Straits Settlements to receive a scholarship from the French government to study at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris. 

He was accepted to exhibit 15 times in Paris, a few with honorary mentions (Salon des Independents and the Societe des Artistes Francaise). 

This is Where We Meet: New Works by Lee Mok Yee & Liew Kwai Fei

27 Oct 2017 to 11 Nov 2017

A joint exhibition by Lee Mok Yee and Liew Kwai Fei entitled This is Where We Meet showcases 19 three-dimensional sculpture and two-dimensional paintings that transform ideas on medium and material. When viewed together, their distinct approach to practice creates a unique sensory experience in the gallery. The exhibition aims to be a conversation in colour, shape and texture that also investigates ideas of space.