Kadang Kadang Dekat Dekat akan Datang

20 Jul 2017 to 29 Jul 2017

Kadang Kadang Dekat Dekat akan Datang features the works of Indonesian artist Agus Suwage (b. Yogyakarta, 1959) and Malaysian artist Tan Zi Hao (b. Kuala Lumpur, 1989) with a special performance by Fajar Abadi (b. Jakarta, 1985).

This show is part of an ongoing series of preview exhibitions by artists. The title of the series is a reference to a riddle in the late Malaysian filmmaker P. Ramlee's movie, Nujum Pa' Blalang. 

Suwage exhibits a set of 50 prints entitled, Pause/Replay, dated 2004-2009 and priced at RM120,000 (US$28,000). 

Talk on Hockney by Dr Barbara Bolt

15 Jul 2017

Join the talk by Dr Barbara Bolt as she references Hockney’s drawings of the 60s, his photomontages of the 70s,  photographic collages of the 80s and his recent photographic drawings to investigate how Hockney used the vexed relationship between painting and photography to enact his critique of one-point perspective.

Dr Bolt is a practising artist and art theorist as well as professor of Contemporary Arts and Culture at the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Beauty Behind The Madness

15 Jul 2017 to 28 Jul 2017

Johor-based artist Yuki Tham (b.1992) will showcase 12 oil paintings in her first solo exhibition after four years in the local art scene.

Entitled, Beauty Behind The Madness, the show aims to capture the various emotions of the artist. The figurative works represent the artist’s feelings that dwell on melancholy and longing.  For some people, the idea of unveiling one’s emotional state of mind can be surreal.

The works range in size from 60cm by 90cm to 160cm by 180cm and prices are from RM2,200 to RM10,000 each.

The exhibition opens on July 15 at 8pm.​

On the Way to The Airport – New Keepsakes

05 Jul 2017 to 14 Aug 2017

Entitled On the Way to The Airport – New Keepsakes, the latest solo exhibition by local contemporary artist, Anurendra Jegadeva, also known as Anu, showcases a series of 35 portraits. Painted on the actual pages taken from The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, a vintage London based publication from the 1880s. 

Taking into account the meanings of the words and the illustrations as well as charts that accompany them – the pages serve as the backdrop for the artist’s own painted diary of contemporary Australian life.

Make Singapore Great Again?

06 Jul 2017 to 30 Jul 2017

Everything Will Be GREAT Again is a survey of Singaporean artist Jeremy Hiah's output from the last few years. One of the highlights in the exhibition, a distinct woodcut print was completed on the day, Donald Trump, the new president was inaugurated in the United States this year, with his promises to Make America Great Again

But far from glorifying the triumphalism of victorious regimes in control, Hiah takes a trenchant dig at social justice or the lack of it in our social systems, as well as human foibles which perpetuate intolerance and inequity.

Tokyo's Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 1980s to Now

05 Jul 2017 to 23 Oct 2017

The exhibition, Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 1980s to Now, is organised by the National Art Center, Tokyo, as well as the Mori Art Museum and Japan Foundation Asia Center. 

The show commemorates the 50th anniversary of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) by showcasing the region's contemporary art. It is regarded as one of the largest Southeast Asian contemporary art exhibitions in history.

Vietnamese Art Today by Wang Zineng

07 Jul 2017

Organised by Art Agenda S.E.A, Vietnamese Art Today is a brunch talk led by Wang Zineng to conclude the exhibition entitled Departures: Intersecting Modern Vietnamese Art with R. Streitmatter-Tran.

The talk will give a broad introduction to the history and market of Vietnamese art and focuses on the exciting possibilities and challenges in collecting Vietnamese art as well as the future prospects of its market.

ILHAM public lecture: Patrick Flores

22 Jul 2017

The ILHAM Public Lecture series with renowned art historians, scholars and researchers in collaboration with the Visual Art Program, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya is part of ILHAM gallery aims to promote a greater understanding of modern and contemporary art.

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.