News & Views

Funding Creative Ventures

25 January 2014

Fancy being an art dealer, filmmaker or fashion entrepreneur? The Government has created a RM200 million fund under MyCreative Ventures Sdn Bhd to help talented entrepreneurs finance their dream projects.

Essential to the social infrastructure of any society yet occasionally overlooked, the creative arts are a key element that defines and unite a community, often transcending lines of racial and religious disparity.

Record Year at Christie’s with Art Sales of £ 4.5 billion ($7.1 billion)

22 January 2014

Christie’s today announced sales of £4.54 billion, up 16% ($7.13 billion up 14%), for the year ending December 2013. Forming the highest sales total for Christie’s or any auction house in the history of the art market, Christie’s sales figures were driven by an increase in new buyers across all geographies entering into the market. This included  growth markets such as China, as well as through the internet. Thirty percent of buyers were new in 2013 and accounted for 22% of the sales total.

30 Art Friends Vol 2

16 January 2014

Launched on Jan 15, the book “30 Art Friends Vol 2: Collecting Southeast Asian Art” features essays written by 30 art collectors from Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. The stories reveal their passion and individual journey in collecting art. The collectors also provide an insight to three of their favourite works from their collection which are illustrated in the book.

Incredible Figurative Painter

11 January 2014

The famed Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka aimed to be the “most important figurative painter of the 20th century” and the on-going exhibition at the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in The Netherlands left MARINA BETIST gobsmacked.

The extraordinary Austrian painter, writer and theatre producer Oskar Kokoschka, who died in 1980 at the age of 94, was described as “The greatest talent of the younger generation” by the  legendary Austrian artist Gustav Klimt in 1908.

Van Gogh Museum attracts over 1.4mil visitors

20 December 2013

The Van Gogh Museum has ended a successful year with, yet again, a large number of visitors and a fast-growing number of loyal fans. In 2013, more than 1.4 million people who enjoy Van Gogh’s work visited the collection of the museum. This amounts to the same number of visitors as last year, partly as a result of the temporary presentation in the Hermitage Amsterdam.

Inspiring Malaysians

16 December 2013

“Theirs are stories that implore us to understand and appreciate the challenges that they have encountered in their steadfast pursuit of excellence,” said Raja Dr Nazrin Shah at the simultaneous launch of the Merdeka Award recipients  portrait show as well as the “Sketches of Science: Photo Sessions with Nobel Laureates” photography exhibition at Galeri Petronas.

Modern Masters

13 December 2013

Art collectors thronged the group show opening at The Edge Galerie on Dec 12 featuring the works of Malaysian masters Tajuddin Ismail, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Jalaini “Jai” Abu Hassan and Kuala Lumpur-based Canadian artist Drew Harris.

Despite the downpour, over 100 guests turned up for the occasion including Swedish Deputy Ambassador Sven Theus Malmberg and French Embassy co-operation and cultural affairs counsellor Jean-Pierre Galland.

Winning Combination

7 December 2013

Showcasing the talents of Tajuddin Ismail, Ahmad Zakii Anwar and Jalaini Abu Hassan plus Kuala Lumpur-based Canadian artist Drew Harris, the latest group art exhibition to open on Dec 13 marks a significant level of collaboration in the Malaysian art scene.

The brainchild of Zakii, 58, hatched over a cup of coffee in his Bukit Tunku home in Kuala Lumpur several months ago, Recent Works 2013 by Drew, Jai, Tajuddin & Zakii  at The Edge Galerie in Mont’ Kiara, is testament to the firm friendship of the four individualistic artists to “do” a show together.

Homage to batik painting

6 December 2013

Penang art collector Dr Tan Chong Guan has just opened a batik painting museum on Armenian Street in George Town, displaying over 80 unique batik works of art.

The rare works include Datuk Chuah Thean Teng’s Woman with Basket (circa 1950s) reportedly one of the late artist’s earliest works in existence. Another remarkable batik by Chuah is Feeding Baby (1994), regarded by Dr Tan as one of the batik maestro’s strongest compositions with a powerful female figure.

Artcube’s Grand Plan

3 December 2013

Malaysian art has all the right ingredients to be positioned as one of the major art “industries” in the world, says Azhar Ahmad, co-director of the newly-opened Artcube gallery at The Intermark mall in Kuala Lumpur.

Azhar, 37, together with co-director Fuad Salleh, also 37, are the latest art promoters in town.