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, Free Admission 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 Décor 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.artexpomalaysia.com
HRH CROWN PRINCESS OF PERLIS, HRH CROWN PRINCE OF PERLIS AND KEE HUA CHEE
KEE HUA CHEE WITH CHNG HUCK THENG'S MASTSERPIECE 'DRAGON SON' PRICED RM 260,000
CHNG HUCK THENG WORK
KEE HUA CHEE POINTS TO TOP ARTIST CHNG HUCK THENG
HERE AND BELOW ARE WORKS ON DISPLAY AND FOR SALE
GINA FRIAS DECORATED THE BELGIUM EMBASSY BOOTH. HERE SHE IS WITH SON AND DAUGHTER
SIM POJINN, PROJECT DIRECTOR OF ART EXPO MALAYSIA 2014
KEE HUA CHEE AND SIM POJINN