Thursday, May 08, 2008

Art Scene

If you have been paying attention to the surroundings, the people and the colours of the city, you will see that Kuala Lumpur is a unique melting pot of artistic flair - right from the colours of the current fashion scene to the age-old architecture that have become landmarks in their own right here in Kuala Lumpur.

In fact, KL is a treasure trove of Malaysian culture and art. Although the artistic community is small and not comparable in any sense to those in Paris or Venice, it is nevertheless growing as can be testified by the many art galleries, art centres and performance arts bodies that have sprouted over the last five years in Kuala Lumpur.

One of the biggest of galleries is the National Art Gallery, a contribution by the Government towards promoting art. It is located along Jalan Tun Razak, not far from Lake Titiwangsa. Opening hours are from 10am to 6pm daily except Mondays. However, the gallery is now closed for renovations till sometime in April.

Next to the National Art Gallery is the venue for performing arts or the National Theatre, known locally as Istana Budaya. Here local and international class performances are held.

Alternatively, if you prefer to watch artists at work up close, we suggest you try the Artists Colony in Jalan Conlay. Located within the Infokraf or the International Crafts Complex is a small cluster of huts rented out to artists who work in-situ. Here you can have a less formal conversation with the artists and works are also sold here.

We have compiled a list of art galleries for your convenience below. We will appreciate it if you could provide some feedback here.

Art gallery Listings

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