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“The next Berlin? Kuala Lumpur launches gallery weekend. Dealers and museums join forces to put the Malaysian capital on the art map.”  – The Art Newspaper

 

Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur is an annual KL based Cultural Marque developed to feature multi-disciplinary programming, public accessibility, global and local exchange – all for the greater enjoyment of culture! Free programming and all welcome.

Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur has celebrated four annual editions since 2016, showcasing quality international and local creative talent. GWKL saw record participation at the Luminary Talks, Tours and Gallery events.

Culture in KL. 

With a dynamic programming offered  by participating  galleries, institutions, collections and  special projects – GWKL has developed to present  cultural programming with a quality, eclectic vision of the multi-disciplinary.    Features include large established institutions as well  grass roots initiatives,  engaging with  exciting contemporary culture and  current political climate, community and urban settings. The Luminary Programme  hosts  renowned international and local curators and creators for public talks, panel discussions and workshops.     (See Archives for past GWKL Programming.) 

GWKL provides a unique encounter with the cultural assets and multi-disciplinary practices of Malaysia, South East Asia and beyond. Offering a wonderful variety of well-organised programmes of viewing, tasting and living in Greater KL, GWKL is a cultural destination marquee.  

Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur | GWKL | 2019 | Founder Shalini Ganendra:

"This is a brilliant initiative to showcase the rich heritage and new artistic impetus coming out of the region, a most memorable few days."

Dr. Hugo Weihe, Former Asia Director, Christie's.

Dr. Hugo Weihe, Former Asia Director, Christie's.

Dr. Hugo Weihe, Former Asia Director, Christie's.

"The KL Gallery Weekend was a fabulous possibility to become familiar with the art and culture of Malaysia that is not so well known in Europe. A few wonderful days of exchange, inspiration, and discoveries that were so much more interesting than just visiting the same places again and again. Definitely a big step in the right direction."

Herwig Kempinger, Director, Vienna Secession.

Herwig Kempinger, Director, Vienna Secession.

Herwig Kempinger, Director, Vienna Secession.

"Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur 2017 provided expert insights into its city's burgeoning contemporary art scene and cultural infrastructure. The lively and informative programme introduced us to the wide range of galleries, museums and arts professionals active across KL's far-flung urban districts, helping to better appreciate contemporary Malaysian art in an international context."

Sarah Ichioka, Design and Arts Commentator

Sarah Ichioka Design and Arts Commentator

Sarah Ichioka, Design and Arts Commentator

"The Gallery Weekend KL provided visitors like myself with fast-track access to the city's rapidly growing art scene. Well-organised and including a wide range of events, it offered many opportunities for in-depth conversation with local artists, gallerists, collectors, curators, and museum directors. Gallery Weekend KL opened my eyes to the unexpected riches of KL's artistic culture."

Christopher Phillips, Creator & Advisor, ICP

Christopher Phillips, Creator & Advisor, ICP

Christopher Phillips, Creator & Advisor, ICP

"The GWKL is a great initiative and will undoubtedly help reinforce the identity of KL and draw strong attention over time."

Hanif Kara, UK. AKTII, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Hanif Kara, UK. AKTII, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Hanif Kara, UK. AKTII, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design

"pushing the city to collaborate in unprecedented ways, generating self-awareness amongst various galleries, centres, institutions and arts professionals. Importantly, this provides a starting point from which to discuss how the city's identity could be mapped in the future."

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