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