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GALLERY WEEKEND KUALA LUMPUR

“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, 2016

ART FOR ALL.

Save the dates for GWKL:    November 29 – December 2, 2018

The New Malaysia has awoken—and in these tides of change the 3rd Edition of GALLERY WEEKEND KUALA LUMPUR reinforces the region’s dynamic cultural identity.

Described as “putting the Malaysian capital on the art map” (Art Newspaper 2016) , Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur is built on the enduring success of its launch in 2016. The subsequent 2017 edition surpassed the ambitions and merit of its predecessor, with a dynamic program, including exhibitions, talks and tours, highlighting the best of Malaysian cultural talent. The GWKL 2017 marquee was applauded for “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.” Ocula.     

With over 25 participating commercial galleries, institutions, collections, and special projects–GWKL 2018 will present cultural programming with a quality, eclectic vision of the multi-disciplinary. Large established institutions host museum shows. Commercial and grassroots galleries reveal an exciting contemporary art world, intimately involved with the current political climate, community and urban settings.

GWKL provides a unique encounter with the cultural assets and multi-disciplinary practices of Malaysia, SE Asia and beyond, to local audiences and visitors. Offering a wonderful variety of well-organised programs of viewing, tasting and living Greater KL, GWKL is a cultural destination marquee. Throughout the GWKL, art and design to view, purchase and appreciate.   

Supporters for 2018 include:  Christie’s, The Majestic Hotel, The Marini’s Group.

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“This is a brilliant initiative to showcase the rich heritage and new artistic impetuous coming out of the region, a most memorable few days.”  Dr. Hugo Weihe, CEO Saffron Art, 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

“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

“The Gallery Weekend KL provided visitors like myself with fast-track access to the city’s rapidly growing art scene. Well-organized 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, Curatorr & 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