Contemporary Forum essay competition

16 Jul 2017

As one of the aims of the Contemporary Forum is to promote critical discourse on arts and culture in Malaysia, ILHAM is organising a competition for the best essay by a younger writer about the Contemporary Forum — its themes, its two exhibition hangs and its process. The competition is open to Malaysians under 39, and essays can be written in either Malay or English. 

To Enter the Competition

ILHAM conversations: Malay Magic and Divination

16 Jul 2017

In Southeast Asia, there is a strong belief in the spirit world. There is a need to appease nature spirits, to seek protection against spirits, and to invoke deities for help. Supernatural powers are surrounded by complex beliefs that find expression in rites designed to contact and control them. Thus, spells, talismans and magical diagrams are used in various aspects of human life such as health, economic activities, and personal matters.

ILHAM public forum: Meet the Curators

15 Jul 2017

In this public forum, ILHAM Contemporary Forum project curators will share their thoughts on the project, and engage audiences with their observations and opinions on the work on display, the themes and contexts as well as the underlying conditions of contemporary Malaysian art and culture.

ILHAM conversations: A Bit of Culture BFM 89.9

08 Jul 2017

In 2007, a new local independent radio station was born — BFM 89.9, focused on business news and current affairs. BFM completely changed the face of radio and broadcasting in Malaysia through its championing of rational, evidence-based discourse in its programming. ILHAM hosts BFM’s programme, A Bit of Culture where presenter Kam Raslan and his two guests Sharaad Kuttan and Bernice Chauly will take a look at three topics from the wide world of the arts, creativity and pop culture.

Aspects of Life & Nature by Heng Eow Lin

02 Jul 2017 to 04 Aug 2017

Veteran local artist Heng Eow Lin's latest solo exhibition, Aspects of Life & Nature, comprises nine sculptures and 24 paintings.

His paintings focus on lovers, sensual females, parent-child compositions as well as buffaloes and goats.
His sculptures relate to mother-child figures, women and  "The Kiss".

The artworks range in size from 25cm by 21cm to 122cm by 244cm and prices are from RM2,000 to RM50,000.

The sculptures range in dimensions from 16cm by 27cm by 16cm to 46cm by 15cm by 13cm and prices are from RM12,000 to RM60,000 .

KEN Gallery debuts with 3 shows

08 Jul 2017 to 30 Jul 2017

Over 100 paintings from the collection of prominent property developer Datuk Kenny Tan will be exhibited at KEN Gallery, the latest art space in Kuala Lumpur.

Italian Analytic Paintings

06 Jul 2017 to 27 Jul 2017

Italian artist Gianfranco Zappettini will stage his solo exhibition in Kuala Lumpur featuring 14 works from the past five decades of his practice. The works are said to record his journey through his structural “superimposed canvases” to recent paintings from La trama e l’ordito (The Weft and the Warp) where he revisits the Genovese macramé tradition through a "more internalised path".

David Hockney at STPI

01 Jul 2017 to 09 Sep 2017

Thirty-six works by David Hockney, drawn mostly from the Singapore Art Museum will be highlighted at STPI Gallery's Special Annual Exhibition entitled, A Matter of Perspective.
The show presents how the artist continues to push the boundaries of print techniques, investigating the one intrigue which defines his entire career: perspectives.

Korean & Myanmar New Wave Art

01 Jul 2017 to 06 Jul 2017

Platform of the Peace is an exchange programme between artists from South Korea and Myanmar.

The exhibition features works of the "new wave" generation with 20 works from each artist.

Participating Korean artists are Bang Jeong A, Choi Suk Un, Jeong Yong Kuk, Kim Choon Ja, Kim Eun Ju, Kim Jung Min, Park Eun Seang, Park Tae Hong, Pyo In Sook and Song Sung Jin.

From Myanmar are Aung Min, Aung Win, Chan Aye, Min Wae Aung, Nu Ru, Pe Nyunt Way, San Minn, San Naing, Yan Naing Tun and Ye Aung Myat.

Graduate Art Show

01 Jul 2017 to 08 Jul 2017

Refraction is a graduation show featuring the works of five fine art students from The One Academy, a local art institution.

The participating artists are Chiew Xing Huei, E Pei Ni, Delaram Shafaei, Rex Lee Qi and Zearo. Their works aim to engage the world through viewpoints that reflect their visual language and artefacts.
E expresses herself with "expressionless portraits" to depict her love-hate relationship with technology. 

Chiew turns to abstraction to record sorrow in the ebb and flow of time.