Art Expo Malaysia Plus (2016)
Prepare yourself to the largest, most important and prestigious international visual art feast in Malaysia - Art Expo Malaysia! The 10th edition of the yearly art fair is going to take place from October 20 - 23, at Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC), Kl, featuring 60 established and reputable art galleries / groups from 30 countries, exhibiting 2,000 items of artworks (including paintings, sculptures, installation, photography) of numerous style, expression and medium, in one location.
Currently the longest-running art fair in South-east Asia, Art Expo Malaysia has become the public-friendly art fair in the world, as it won't charge any entrance fee, Free Admission since its inception in 2007! (Entering art fair in Singapore would cost about RM 80; entering art fair in Hong Kong would cost about RM 135)
The Malaysia bandwagon, the greatest delegation, will have a lot of reputable exhibitors along with beginners from my art scene. These galleries will represent over 100 local artists, a great mix of pioneer artists, superstars, established and emerging young artists. The Malaysian works usually receive well response and good remarks from the visitors. Having a strong pool of local collectors specifically collecting Malaysian Art, it really is expected how the sales of Malaysian Art would be excellent. Exhibitors� lineup this coming year includes the typical past exhibitors and supporters for example Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers, Masterpiece Auction, Bank Negara Malaysia Museum & Art Gallery, National Visual Arts Gallery Malaysia, Galeri Prima (NSTP), A2 Gallery, Art WeMe Contemporary Gallery, City Memorial, G13 Gallery, Galleria GermAsia, HOM Art Trans, Jeth Art Gallery, Nadine Fine Art, Pelita Hati Gallery Of Art, Pin Wei Zhai Public, Segaris Art Center, Taksu, Tiny Rose Gallery, TJ Fine Art, Tree & Me Furniture Design, and Yahong Gallery. Peter Liew works will likely be exhibited too, whose booth is sponsored by the corporation.
Some of these galleries also represent foreign artists also; as an example, Art WeMe Contemporary Gallery represents the famous China artist Sanzi; the two art auction houses Henry Butcher and Masterpiece will showcase functions by Southeast Asian artists or highlight components of the coming auctions.
Strong Singapore Representation
From my neighbouring country Singapore, as many as 9 galleries come to mind, forming the second biggest exhibitor group, which include the esteemed Art Asia X, Art Xchange Gallery, ArtBlue Studio, Cape of fine Hope Art Gallery, Kato Art Duo, Maya Gallery, REDSEA Gallery, The Gallery of Gnani Arts, and White Space Art Asia. It is common that galleries in Singapore represent artists of varied nationalities. Art Xchange Gallery mainly represents Indonesian artists; ArtBlue Studio mainly represents Vietnamese artists; Kato Art Duo mainly represents Japanese artists; REDSEA Gallery employed to showcase functions by French, Russian, and Spanish artists, and can be debuting with Korean and Indonesian works this round.
From other elements of Southeast Asia, Myanmar is represented by Colour Cube Public, first-time participant; Thailand is presented by Top rated Gallery; Vietnam is presented by Viet Art Space, debut appearance within this art fair; Indonesia is represented by REDBASE Contemporary Art, first-time participant, which is to be showcasing a wonderful interesting sculpture at the main entrance from the exhibition hall (you will end up impressed!)
Foreign Asian exhibitors include Hong Kong�s Chit Fung Art to display top-notch level Chinese ink masters including Jia Youfu, Pan Gongkai etc; Korea�s Zoom Gallery, in collaboration with Nine Gallery, presents fascinating works of strong Korean identity. Meanwhile, from Japan, in addition to the frequent exhibitor LSD Gallery, two other galleries namely Gallery UG and SHINSEIDO will be joining the first time. From Taiwan, the 91-year-old Taiwanese Chinese ink Grandmaster Prof. Li Chi Mao is going to be exhibiting few bits of recent works.
Spain�s ATR Gallery booth is visitors� all-time-favourite booth. Be mesmerized with the latest works of Spanish sculptor Jesus Curia, and pieces by Spanish master Joan Miro, if fortunate, or even sold yet, pieces by Picasso!
You'll also have an Embassy Zone, which sees participation from 13 Embassies, i.e. Argentine, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, France, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Romania, Russia (debut appearance). Each Embassy proudly represents one selected solo artist looking at the country.
Moreover, there is also the National Exhibition of China, presented with the Secretary of state for Culture China, that showcases 3 to 4 Chinese contemporary ink artists, at the huge exhibition section of 420 sqm. Alternatively, the most common China Pavilion will shrink down in size, having 5 different groups participating only, so that the China representation isn�t too overwhelming.
Art Expo Malaysia is within 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, since the Royal Patron, have watched over the increase of the Art Expo Malaysia, and so are happy with its achievements and progress. As year goes by, we view higher quality of artworks and in many cases masterpieces by some of the very famous brands from the art world, we percieve increasing visitorship and above all the increasing awareness towards art appreciation from the public, we percieve increasing media coverage on the Expo whether it be locally or abroad as it is worth reporting about, we have seen participation from more countries, we percieve a greater sales of artworks recorded, just to mention a number of. It really is achieved via the effort and painstaking effort through the organisers, where they overcome daunting challenges and obstacles, keep on striving to enhance the standard of the Expo in every aspects to meet international expectation. This can be the Malaysian fighting spirit. We hope the organisers would keep on adding new programmes are available with interesting attractions, to be able to value-add and also to make the Art Expo Malaysia something that the art enthusiasts, whether at home or abroad, wish to see each year. The skill Expo Malaysia has definitely brought the visual arts industry in Malaysia a big leap forward. Syabas!�
Fair Director Sim Pojinn said, �Art Expo Malaysia promotes Malaysia Art in the international art platform, promoting local galleries and artists world widely, educating the population about art appreciation and art investment, promoting arts to a wider community (via intensive marketing) thus nurturing the eye towards arts inside 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 16.9 million sales of artworks along with a visitorship of 24,200 people, develop to accomplish an increased success while we improve from various aspects.�
Founder Datuk Vincent Sim said, �Looking at current economy situation, where share marketplace is uncertain, property marketplace is scaling down, it�s fun for investors to honestly look into the art market. It's buyer�s market now, great time to start collecting, the quicker the better, because saying, Appreciate Art, Art Appreciates! Art Expo Malaysia could be the right starting point for your art collecting journey.�
Project Director Sim Polenn said, �Come with your loved ones and friends, the skill Expo offers to certainly be a good Arty experience for all those, don�t miss it, come finally, enjoy yourself, have a good time admiring Arts, and acquiring Arts!� Concurrently, Polenn also emphasized with a point, �Buy art because you enjoy it; if you find investment return, that�s a bonus!�
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