Described by The Art Newspaper, as “putting the Malaysian capital on the art map”, GWKL 2016 launched to celebrate quality multi-disciplinary and creative facets of Malaysia, featuring museum participation, tours, lectures, commercial gallery programs, dining and more.
Galleries organised a variety of exhibition openings and interactive programs. There were free curator-led tours of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, the National Art Gallery, the National Textile Museum and others, to shine light on public collections. Bespoke walking tours of the city, led by enigmatic architects and creative leaders, added further dimensions to understanding Greater KL and beyond. The hugely successful Luminary Pulse Series supported by the Aga Khan Architecture Awards, featured two leading art luminaries: Christopher Phillips, Curator of New York’s International Center of Photography and Riba Stirling Award Winner Hanif Kara, designer, structural engineer and professor at Harvard University.
The GWKL marquee, with its cosmopolitan draw, is firmly grounded in the intrinsically Malaysian and South-East Asian ethos. Large, established institutions provide compelling museum-quality shows and commercial and grassroots galleries reveal an exciting contemporary art world intimately involved with community and urban setting.
Through a well coordinated program of tours, discussions and dining experiences, GWKL 2017 will provide a unique encounter with the cultural assets and multidisciplinary practices of Kuala Lumpur and beyond, to visiting VIPs, local audiences and cultural tourists.
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