Major museum acquisitions for Malaysian contemporary artists Chong Kim Chiew, Yee I-Lann


In the first half of 2012, the Singapore Art Museum and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanawaza acquired works by two Malaysian artists: Chong Kim Chiew and Yee I-Lann.

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Asian Art Biennial 2011: 40 artists from New Zealand to Kazakhstan – event alert


Forty Asian artists are participating in the 2011 Asian Art Biennial. Curator Iris Shu-Ping Huang has asked each to reflect upon today’s “M-shaped” Asian society.

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Political correctness enemy of good art says Valentine Willie – BFM podcast


We pull some quotes from a fascinating BFM podcast with Malaysian contemporary art specialist and dealer Valentine Willie. Find a link to the interview here, too.

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3 young Malaysian contemporaries, 3 cultural interrogations


Valentine Willie Fine Art, located in Kuala Lumpur, presented “3 Young Contemporaries” in October and November this year. As the title suggests, the exhibition contained the work of three Malaysian contemporary artists: Chi Too, Minstrel Kuik and Poodien. It is part of the gallery’s annual exhibition programme that aims to provide a platform for young and emerging artists from the Southeast Asian region. Here we summarise comments made on the exhibition by curator and writer Eva McGovern.

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First Malaysian art auction nearly sells out – Art Radar interviews Henry Butcher president


For the last couple of years, the Malaysian art scene has been opening up to visitors. The 4th International Art Expo Malaysia, held at the end of October this year, attracted large numbers of visitors and buyers and the event has been instrumental in encouraging the Malaysian art market. While this expo is perhaps Malaysia’s best known international art event, the real story could be said to begin with Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers.

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Art in the Philippines – a day tour of Manila galleries in pictures


ART GALLERY EXHIBITION MANILA PHILIPPINES Art Radar took a weekend trip to the Philippines to check out what is happening in the galleries around Manila. Through images and a diary-of-sorts we tell you about one busy day of that trip. … Continue reading

Contemporary Malaysian art fair encourages tourist dollar


VISUAL ART FESTIVAL MALAYSIAN ARTISTS GALLERY EXHIBITIONS ART SEMINARS TALKS 1 Malaysia Contemporary Arts Tourism Festival 2010 or MCAT 2010, organised by Tourism Malaysia, is a new Malaysian visual art festival that is attempting to draw more “high-yield” tourists to … Continue reading