Friday, September 26, 2014



Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed by Tan Sri Azman Hashim, chairman of AmBank Group, Dato Mahadzir Lokman, chairman of National Visual Arts Development Board of Malaysia, Dato Steven Sim, CEO and MD of Secret Recipe, Professor Wang Xijing, chairman of Shaanxi Artists Association and Datuk Vincent Sim, founder of Art Expo Malaysia.

Art Expo Malaysia 2014 is now on at MATRADE from 25 to 28 September 2014 from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm. On 28 September it closes at 6 pm. Admission is free.

03-7728 3677 or 012 206 1345 for information.

Kee Hua Chee asked to sembah to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Perlis and Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Perlis who were amused by his massive display of jewellery by Nathasit of Bangkok
These are the monumental jewels worn by Kee Hua Chee!
Something small and subtle? HRH the Crown Prince of Perlis asked Kee Hua Chee if it was possible to shake hands with him since there was hardly any flesh to be seen and Kee Hua Chee replied maybe they could just wave at each other instead!
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Perlis looking at Kee Hua Chee's shirt painted with his portraits front and back and commented Kee was wearing his paintings instead of hanging them on the wall!
Kee Hua Chee showing his bag made from entire, actual tortoise shell/carapace! The reptile is NOT an endangered species!
Kee Hua Chee holding his bag made from a genuine, entire shell of a tortoise as His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Perlis looks at Kee's portrait on the back of his shirt!
Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Princess and Crown Prince of Perlis graciously consented to be photographed with Kee Hua Chee
DYTM raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail observed Kee Hua Chee has taken 'dripping with jewels' to a new level.
Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Perlis Raja Puan Muda Perlis DYTM Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Perlis Raja Muda Perlis DYTM Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail
Kee Hua Chee was granted the honour of being photographed with Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Princess and Crown Prince of Perlis
Kee Hua Chee has his portraits painted on shirt, pants and shoes!
Her Royal Highess the Crown Princess of Perlis DYTM Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil and Colin Lim.
Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Perlis and Colin Lim
Kee Hua Chee with this massive 'First Dragon Son' statue by Chng Tuck Heng priced at RM 260,000!
Dato Mahadzir Lokman, chairman of National Visual Arts Development Board of Malaysia and Kee Hua Chee
Kee Hua Chee, Dato Mahadzir Lokman and Colin Lim
Kee Hua Chee and friends
Jacky Chan and Kee Hua Chee
Virgie Lim Princess Dr Becky Leogardo and friend

Princess Dr Becky Leogardo and friends
The Filipina contingent!
At the Belgium Embassy with works of art created by Gina Frias
Kee Hua Chee joins in as he is a living work of art
Stunning display at Belgium Embassy booth
Kee Hua Chee outshines the Filipinas
One for the album
Kimberley Louber, Princess Dr Becky Leogardo and Lillian Tan
Kimberley Lee, Princess Dr Becky Leogardo and Lillian Tan
Sim Pojinn, project director of Art Expo Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Sim Pojinn
Sim Pojinn
Kee Hua Chee and Sim Pojinn of Art Expo Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Creator of artworks for Belgium Embassy Gina Frias with her son and daughter
Kee Hua Chee joins in
The Belgium Embassy booth is lavishly decorated by Filipina-Belgian Gina Frias
By Chng Tuck Heng
Arkic Vilmansa
Mona Lisa and Cat originally by Leonardo da Vinci
The Kiss with Kat originally by Klimt
Fat Sumo Wrestler with Koi
Colourful Hippo
Belgium Embassy booth decorated by Gina Frias

Art Expo Malaysia 2014 Promises To Stun Audiences
Gear up for the largest, most significant and prestigious international visual art feast in Malaysia – Art Expo Malaysia 2014! 

The 8th edition of this yearly art fair will take place from September 25 – 28, at Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC), Kuala Lumpur, featuring 70 established and reputable art galleries / groups from 30 countries, exhibiting 2,000 pieces of artworks (including paintings, sculptures, installation, digital art, photography) under one roof. 

AmBank Group is the Main Sponsor, while National Visual Arts Gallery Malaysia, Secret Recipe, and Wang Xijing are Sponsors for the event.

Currently the longest-running art fair in South-east Asia, Art Expo Malaysia is probably the most public-friendly art fair in the world, as it does not charge any entrance fee since its inception in 2007!

The Malaysia bandwagon, the largest delegation, will have a good number of reputable exhibitors as well as new players in the local art scene. These galleries will represent more than 100 local artists, a great mix of pioneer artists, superstars, established and emerging young artists. Exhibitors’ lineup this year includes the usual past exhibitors and supporters such as Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers, Masterpiece Auction, Core Design Gallery, G13 Gallery, Pelita Hati Gallery Of Art, Segaris Art Center, Yahong Art Gallery, City Art Gallery, Fuman Art, Blue Dots Art, and The Clay Arts Studio; as well as many first-time participants such as Artcube, Artelier Gallery, One East Museum, Pace Gallery, TAKSU Kuala Lumpur, Tapak Yusof Ghani, The Bauhaus Gallery, and University Of Malaya Art Gallery. 

Among the local exhibitors, Artcube and Core Design Gallery are taking up relatively large booth space to promote Malaysian Contemporary Art, which received well response and good remarks from the visitors last year.

From our neighbouring country Singapore, as many as 13 galleries are participating, forming the second largest exhibitor group, which includes the esteemed Art Front Gallery, Art Porters, Art Xchange Gallery, ArtBlue Studio, Barnadas Huang, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, Da Tang Fine Arts, Eight Art Gallery, Nanman Art, Ovas Art Gallery, REDSEA Gallery, The Gallery of Gnani Arts and Y2ARTS.

From Indonesia, there is participation from the revered Edwin’s Gallery (in collaboration with Mon D├ęcor Gallery), Vivi Yip Art Room, Puri Art Gallery, Cata Odata, and H Gallery.

Art lovers will also have the opportunity to admire artworks of various medium, style and expression from Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, Hungary, and India etc. Foreign exhibitors include Art Futures Group, Art House Vietnam, Artdoor Gallery, Asian Artists Network, ATR Gallery, Chelian Art Gallery, Chit Fung Art, Cube Gallery, Li Chi Mao Art Museum, LSD, Ludvig Gallery Budapest, W.C.L. Studio, William Art Salon, and Zoom Gallery etc.

At the main entrance booth, visitors will also have the chance of a lifetime to admire 4 impressive masterpieces (2 pieces by Datuk Ibrahim Hussein + 2 pieces by Georgette Chen) under the prestigious art collection of Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Chairman of AmBank Group.

There will also be an Embassy Zone, which sees participation from 13 Embassies, namely Argentine, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Philippines, and Romania.

In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Malaysia-China bilateral ties, the independent China Pavilion set up is the biggest ever, utilizing more than 1000 sqm of Hall A, which is directly opposite the main exhibition hall of Art Expo Malaysia 2014, showcasing works by more than 150 China artists, under the banner of 10 different groups / projects.

Art Expo Malaysia is under the Royal Patronage of Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Perlis, DYTM Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, and DYTM Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil. “We, as the Royal Patron, have watched over the growth of the Art Expo Malaysia, and are proud of its achievements and progress. As year goes by, we see better quality of artworks and even masterpieces by some of the most famous names in the art world, we see increasing visitorship and most importantly the increasing awareness towards art appreciation in the public, we see increasing media coverage on the Expo be it locally or abroad as it is worth reporting about, we see participation from more countries, we see a higher sales of artworks recorded, just to mention a few. 

"It is achieved via the hard work and painstaking effort by the organisers, where they overcome daunting challenges and obstacles, keep on striving to improve on the quality of the Expo in every aspects to meet international expectation. This is the Malaysian fighting spirit. 

"We hope the organisers would keep on adding new programmes and come up with interesting attractions, in order to value-add and also to make the Art Expo Malaysia something special that the art enthusiasts, whether at home or abroad, are keen to visit every year. The Art Expo Malaysia has definitely brought the visual arts industry in Malaysia a big leap forward. Syabas!”

Founder Datuk Vincent Sim said, “Art Expo Malaysia promotes Malaysia Art in an international art platform, promoting local galleries and artists world widely, educating the public about art appreciation and art investment, promoting arts to a wider community (via intensive marketing) thus nurturing the interest towards arts in them, bolstering Kuala Lumpur as an important art hub in South-east Asia that is active in art commerce and art development, as well as networking within the community. 

"Following last year’s success of recording RM 19.3 million sales of artworks and a visitorship of 20,000 people, we hope to achieve a greater success while we improve from different aspects.”

Fair Director Sim Pojinn said, “Come with your family and friends, the Art Expo promises to be a good Arty experience for all, don’t miss it, come and have fun, have a good quality time admiring Arts, and acquiring Arts!”

Free Admission to Art Expo Malaysia 2014. For more information, please contact 03-7728 3677 / or log on to 

The Embassy Zone, brainchild of Sim Polenn (Project Manager at that time), was first initiated in Art Expo Malaysia 2010, only made possible with the support from three Latin American Embassies (the “ACE” project), namely: Argentina, Cuba, and Ecuador. 

The organiser and participating Embassies were thrilled by the overwhelming response shown by the visitors and exhibitors. Since then, the organiser has dedicated more space for the Embassy Zone, with more and more Embassies starting to participate, the number increasing from 3 Embassies in 2010 to 5 Embassies in 2011, 7 Embassies in 2012, and 10 Embassies in 2013.

This year, the Embassy Zone sees participation from 13 Embassies, namely Austria, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Iran, Mongolia, and Philippines. Among them, Embassy of Austria, Netherlands, Romania, Mexico, and Mongolia, are first-time participant. This year sees more European Embassies participating.

Each Embassy booth is represented by one solo artist, an artist whom the Embassy is proud to represent. By presenting only one artist, visitors can clearer view the process and evolution that the artists have gone through in their careers and their improvements during their artistic journey. 

Most of them will be exhibiting their best pieces, or latest artworks.

The idea of the Embassy Zone is to bring art from countries not represented here by any participating galleries. It is a way for visitors to access art from abroad that is otherwise unrepresented by galleries usually exhibiting here. 

It provides opportunity for the visitors to admire exotic, various, wide and diverse range of arts from different parts of the world. Enjoy!
The Embassy Zone also serves as a friendly way to enhance bilateral ties between Malaysia and the respective participating Embassies via cultural exchange and sharing of arts.

************************************** CHINA PAVILION GOES BIG
Malaysia-China bilateral trade has been robust since establishing the momentous diplomatic relations 40 years ago, and in recent years, with greater collaboration in various sectors, the trade between Malaysia and China hit US$106 billion in 2013, and it is anticipated with the same dedication and synergy, the bilateral trade target of US$160 billion could possibly be attained within the next 3 years.

China has transformed into an arts powerhouse, being the world’s No. 1 or No. 2 largest art market in the past two years. China also boasts of some 4,000 art museums (including private museums). The major art auction houses in China also continuously break amazing, eye-opening, jaw-dropping, stunningly high records. 

While facts and figures are important in the relations between two countries, so as the sharing / exchange of arts and cultures, not only to enhance understanding but also to inspire each other, giving different inputs, that of a more creative nature.

With that in mind, and also to celebrate the 40 years of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations, the independent China Pavilion, is one of the most important of the series of events held to celebrate Malaysia-China links since Tun Abdul Razak, then Prime Minister of Malaysia, made the historic visit to China to seal the friendship and start an era of mutually beneficial relations on all fronts. 

This ground-breaking move prompted other Asean countries to follow suit.

The China Pavilion project utilizes 1500 sqm of Hall A, which is directly opposite the main exhibition hall (Hall B) of Art Expo Malaysia 2014. The Opening of China Pavilion will be officiated by Ambassador of China to Malaysia H.E. Huang Huikang on September 26, 11 am. Also present will be Dato’ Majid Khan, President of Malaysia-China Friendship Association; Dato’ Bon Hon Liong, President of Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce; and Mr. Tan Kai Hee, President of Malaysia-China Culture & Arts Association.

The China Pavilion is featuring more than 100 China artists from different provinces, of pioneers, established, emerging and young talented artists, under the banner of 10 different groups, namely: China Academy of Sculpture led by Wu Weishan; Shaanxi Artists Association led by Chinese ink master Prof. Wang Xijing; Szechuan New Wave 88.1 + 11 (recommended by top Chinese contemporary artist Feng Zhengjie) led by Liu Hong; Fujian Contemporary led by top Chinese contemporary sculptor Chen Wenling; Luxun Academy of Fine Arts & Shenyang University Art College Troupe led by Huo Boyang; Beijing 6th Ring International Art Zone led by Ran Qiquan; Chongqing Contemporary Female Artists Troupe led by Lin Hairong; Daxiu Arts Matrix led by Dahan Changzhou; Hebei Painting Academy led by Zhang Guojun; and lastly, People’s Art Creation Academy led by Li Youliang.

There will be loads of stunningly impressive sculptures and paintings on display, be there at Hall A, MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre, KL, to check it out! Open to Public. 

Admission is Free.

25 - 27 Sept | 10.30 am - 7.30 pm
28 Sept | 10.30 am - 6.00 pm

AmBank Group is the Main Sponsor of Art Expo Malaysia 2014, while the National Visual Arts Gallery Malaysia, Secret Recipe, and Wang Xijing are Sponsors for the Expo.

1 comment:

Saiful said...

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