Malaysian Eye book unveiled featuring a comprehensive survey of local contemporary art
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 MARCH — PRUDENTIAL MALAYSIAN EYE contemporary art exhibition opens in Kuala Lumpur today, bringing together paintings, installation, sculpture and photography by 21 emerging Malaysian artists.
The exhibition is accompanied by “Prudential Malaysian Eye: Malaysian Contemporary Art”, a publication featuring the works of 75 contemporary Malaysian artists, edited by Serenella Ciclitira and published by SKIRA. Copies of the book will also be donated to schools, libraries and other institutions in Malaysia to help promote arts education.
The 21 exhibiting artists were selected by a team of curators: Chang Tsong-Zung, director of Hanart TZ Gallery and guest professor at the China Art Academy, Serenella Ciclitira, founder of the Global Eye Programme; and Nigel Hurst, CEO of London’s Saatchi Gallery.
Barry Stowe, Prudential Corporation Asia’s Chief Executive said: “The opening of this art exhibition, and the launch of the related publication, is only the start of an exciting journey ahead for Malaysia’s artists. We have been a part of Malaysia for 90 years, and we are honoured to be providing an international platform to showcase the country’s artistic talent and diverse culture.”
In nurturing artistic talent, leading life insurer Prudential has partnered with the British Council to provide a creative education programme to engage secondary and higher education students in Malaysia. Artists’ forums will provide an opportunity for students to learn about local contemporary art showcased at the exhibition and engage directly with artists and curators via face-to-face discussions and digital recordings.
David Ciclitira, Global Eye Programme Founder said: “We organised PRUDENTIAL MALAYSIAN EYE to appeal to both novice and experienced audiences. We hope the book, exhibition and creative education programmes will illustrate the strength and depth of Malaysia’s contemporary art scene. In this small way, we hope to contribute to the country’s arts development and education.”
A selection of works will feature in the Prudential EyeZone at START, a contemporary art fair that will be held in London's Saatchi Gallery this summer, in order to give them international exposure.
“PRUDENTIAL MALAYSIAN EYE presents a wonderful opportunity to bring contemporary Malaysian art to a new audience and highlight an exciting new generation of artists who have recently emerged in Malaysia, producing work that provides an arresting insight into the future of art in the region,” said Nigel Hurst, CEO of London’s Saatchi Gallery.
The 21 artists exhibiting at Whitebox, mapKL at Publika are:
Andrew Chong Boon Pok
Chang Fee Ming
Chee Eng Hong
Chong Ai Lei
Chong Kim Chiew
Chong Siew Ying
Hasanul Isyraf Idris
Kow Leong Kiang
Phuan Thai Meng
Seah Ze Lin
Sun Kang Jye
Hasnul Jamal A. Saidon
Ahmad Shukri Mohd
For more information, visit www.malaysianeye.com, which has a range of artist interviews, profiles and imagery.
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HOURS: 10 am to 7 pm
DATES: 29 March to 30 April
VENUE: White Box, mapKL at Publika, Level G2-01, Block A5 Kencana Tower 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia