Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre – Art Expo Malaysia
October 11 @ 11:00 amOctober 13 @ 8:00 pm SMT
Art Expo Malaysia 2019
Art Expo Malaysia (AEM) is celebrating its 13th edition in 2019 as a prestigious and the longest-running international art fair in Southeast Asia. It gets better and better, with the unveiling of brand new fair concepts in 2018: A specially curated South East Asia Special Exhibition Area (SEA), Gallery Zone, Japan Pavilion, Cultural Exchange and Art Talk that offers a different tack to exhibition presentation and appreciation. This year’s art fair will be held at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) Kuala Lumpur, from October 11 to 13. It will feature 65 reputable art galleries from 22 countries, exhibiting some 1,500 pieces of artworks under one roof.
Art Expo Malaysia 2018
Curation & Highlights
1) 1+9 South East Asia
Special Exhibition Area
Art Expo Malaysia 2018 has opened a new flank of special curatorial exhibitions focusing on more contemporary or hot-button issues by more socially and politically engaged artists. Wei-Ling Gallery will frontline the Art Project Room in its 100 square meters of space showcasing Chong Kim Chiew, Chin Kong Yee and Chen Wei Ming. Nine reputable galleries including three from Malaysia will provide cutting-edge works. The Malaysian galleries are A+ Works of Art, Richard Koh Fine Art (Zelin Seah) and Segaris Art Centre (Zulkifli Yusoff, Ramlan Abdullah, Jalaini Abu Hassan, and Fauzan Omar). The others are Gajah Gallery (Singapore), S.A.C Gallery Bangkok (Thailand), Srisasanti Gallery (Indonesia), Lawangwangi (Indonesia), Eskinita Art Gallery (Philippines) and CUC Gallery (Vietnam).
2) Gallery Zone
Malaysia exhibitors’ lineup this year includes the usual past exhibitors and supporters such as Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers, Masterpiece Auction, National Art Gallery, Artemis Art, Aureo Gallery, G13 Gallery, Gallery Des Artistes, Jeth Art Gallery, NN Gallery, Taksu, The Art People Gallery, V’ Art Space, etc. This year we will see the strong presence of 8 galleries from Singapore, forming another large exhibitor group following the Malaysian and Japanese bandwagon. They are Art Porters, Art Xchange Gallery, ArtBlue Studio, Gnani Arts, Redsea Gallery, White Space Art Asia, and first-time participants Asian Art Platform, and Mazel Galerie.
In remembrance of the late Khalil Ibrahim (1934 – 2018) vast contribution to the Malaysian art scene, Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers (HBAA) presents Tribute To Khalil Ibrahim, exhibiting early works from the 1960s to 2000s of the diverse medium. HBAA booth will also showcase highlight pieces of its coming art auction on October 28.
The 12th edition will still see two great stalwarts who have been with the AEM from Year 1 in 2007, the greatly revered Hong Kong gallery Chit Fung Art known for its authentic Chinese ink masters, and Spain’s ATR Gallery which has made the hugely talented sculptor Jesus Curia a household name in this region.
Among the 23 new galleries will be Trish Gallery (Myanmar), EStyle Art Gallery (Taiwan), Spence Gallery (Canada), NYICAS (United States), and Space 1326 (South Korea), making up 38% of the participants.
3) Japan Pavilion
On the heels of Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir’s Re-Looking East, the strong show of Japanese participation will see some of the Next Big Names of Nippon series. The biggest Japanese representation of a total of nearly 40 artists from eight galleries will showcase in a 162 square meters space under the Japan Pavilion. The galleries are Gallery UG, Gallery Hanakagesho, Gallery Ishikawa, Gallery Seek, Gallery Suiha, Hakkendo Gallery, Smart Ship Gallery, and Kinosho Kikaku. Notable artists among them following Pop anime and Otaku are Akihiro Fujimoto, Hiroki Yoshida, Yasuhiro Asai, Takeshi Harada, Yoshikazu Hiramatsu, Kunihiko Nohara, Misako Maegaki, and Yasuhiro Asai. The Japan Pavilion is sponsored by Warehouse TERADA, and the official logistics partner is TERADA ART ASSIST Co., Ltd.
4) Cultural Exchange
Embassy’s Row of cultural exchange will feature works of artists selected from the embassies of Brazil, Croatia, Ecuador, Italy, and Russia.
5) Art Talk
A two-day Art Talk will be held on Oct 12 and 13, featuring more than 10 professionals with a diverse background in the art scene.