Masjid Negara. Pic: IAMM
Masjid Negara. Image courtesy of IAMM.

From brilliant, mosaic like drawings of a young graduate to the intricate hand sewn textile patches of the Egyptian tent makers, here’s a guide to October’s art exhibitions in KL and the Klang Valley.

Masjid Negara: 50 Years National Mosque Exhibition

Focusing on the beauty of Masjid Negara (National Mosque), this exhibition is to commemorate 50 years since the mosque’s completion and depicts the architectural design, history and interactions within this iconic landmark. The mosque is regarded as a contemporary mix of both local and modern architectural styles during its construction in the early1960s.

Open Space Gallery, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Jalan Lembah Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

5 September – 13 October. Opening hours are 10am – 6pm.

Believing in Peace (2015). Pic: Koo Yean Ni / Artemis Art.
Believing in Peace (2015) by Koo Yean Ni. Image courtesy of Artemis Art.


aveNew is a group exhibition by new art collective contiNew. Formed by five recent graduates of the Fine Arts diploma program from Dasein Academy of Art, contiNew comprises of Chok Yue Zan, Jasmine Cheong, Koo Yean Ni, Yasmine Cheong and Yong Kang Yun. Though their styles are varied, they are united in their mission to make a lasting impression on the local art scene through this first foray as a group.

Artemis Art, Lot 21 & 22, Level G4, Publika Shopping Gallery, Block C5, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

29 September – 18 October. Opening hours are 11am – 7pm.

Elusive. Image courtesy of Studio Mekar.


Studio Mekar, led by Haris Rashid is another artist-run collective and in collaboration with Artemis Art, they will be presenting a three-day only group exhibition titled ELUSIVE. The works by a diverse group of 20 visual artists from varying disciplines and differing levels of their creative careers are united by a strong imaginative streak. Among some of the featured artists are Kenji Chai, Dhiyanah HassanElena Kravchenko and Escapeva.

Black Box, [email protected]Level G2-01, Block A5, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

22 – 24 October. Opening hours are 11am – 6pm.

The Feminine Beyond. Image courtesy of Diana Lui.
The Feminine Beyond. Image courtesy of Diana Lui.

The Feminine Beyond

First presented this year under the title The Essential Veil at Obscura Festival during George Town Festival, Diana Lui’s photographic series on Moroccan women and their costumes explores identity and the female form. These themes are close to the Malaysian-born, Paris-based photographer’s heart. Read more about Diana Lui here.

Wei-Ling Gallery, No. 8, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470, Kuala Lumpur.

5 – 29 October. Opening hours are 11am – 7pm (Monday – Friday), 10am – 5pm (Saturday), Sundays by appointment. 

Narrated By Ornaments. Pic: Elena Kravchenko/Kitch-N-Art Gallery.
Narrated By Ornaments by Elena Kravchenko. Image courtesy of Kitch-N-Art Gallery.

Narrated by Ornaments

KL-based Russian artist Elena Kravchenko is having her second solo exhibition, hot on the heels of her first one, 100 Days of Beastiarium which was also held at Kitch-N-Art Gallery. This time she explores the meditative quality of decorative patterns, with the hope that the audience will be able to trace a similar story from her whimsical works.

Kitch-N-Art Gallery, Lot 56, Level G2, Art Row, Publika Shopping Gallery, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

3 – 31 October. Opening hours are 11am – 8pm.

White Over White, Black Over Black-Map (2011) . Pic: Chong Kim Chiew/Wei-Ling Gallery.
White Over White, Black Over Black-Map (2011) by Chong Kim Chiew. Image courtesy of Wei-Ling Gallery.

Be Careful or You May Become The Centre

Debuting Chong Kim Chiew’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, this show features mostly large scale paintings on tarpaulin and video work by the Malaysian artist. Chong delves into the concept and many definitions of “trace” for his paintings, from the meaning of copying to searching. Some of the pieces shown are ongoing projects that the artist has worked on since 2014.

Wei-Ling Contemporary, Lot No RT-1, 6th Floor, The Gardens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200, Kuala Lumpur.

25 September – 30 November. Opening hours are 11am – 7pm, closed on Mondays.

Tutie, Las, Jun by Hoessein Enas, 1971. Photo courtesy of Ilham Gallery.
Tutie, Las, Jun by Hoessein Enas, 1971. Photo courtesy of Ilham Gallery.

Picturing The Nation

This inaugural exhibition at Ilham reflects on how a nation looks itself. Level 5 features Dato’ Hoessein Enas, widely regarded as a pioneering portraiture artist during the birth of independent Malaya and its early defining years. Alongside this show, there are also works by four contemporary Malaysia artists on Level 3. They are Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Dain Iskandar Said, Vincent Leong and Yee I-Lann and similarly, their works attempt to enter into a contemplative dialogue of what a “nation” is. Read more here.

Ilham Gallery, Levels 3 & 5, Ilham Tower, No 8, Jalan Binjai, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

22 August – 31 December. Opening hours are 11am – 7pm (Tuesday – Saturday), 11am – 5pm (Sunday), closed on Mondays. 

19th century Ceremonial Egyptian Tent. Pic: IAMM.
19th century Ceremonial Egyptian Tent. Image courtesy of IAMM.

Khayamiya: Khedival to Contemporary – The Tentmakers of Cairo Exhibition

Khayamiya refers to the skilled Egyptian art of tent-making and the exhibition takes one through the transformative journey of this incredible textile practice from the Ottoman Empire up until the present day. The pièce de résistance is a complete 19th century Ceremonial Egyptian Tent in the possession of IAMM. Khayamiya is a collaborative effort between IIAM and guest curator, Dr. Sam Bowker from Charles Sturt University of Australia. There will be a Khayamiya Appliqué Masterclass with Hany Mahmoud, tentmaker of Cairo from 7 – 10 October.

Special Gallery 1, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Jalan Lembah Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

2 October 2015 – 31 January 2016. Opening hours are 10am – 6pm.

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