Art updates in Malaysia and beyond.

Man Of The People

Due to popular demand, the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur has extended its exhibition on the personal and professional triumphs of Tun Ismail Ali, Malaysia’s first central bank governor, until the end of June. The free showcase is an insight into the man who was instrumental in laying strong economic foundations on which the newly independent Malaya could thrive. Though he passed in 1998, Tun Ismail’s impact is still felt, and the exhibition delves into his philosophies, chronicling his achievements in the hope of inspiring future generations. The exhibition also presents a selection of artwork from his personal collection, lending the viewer insight into his personal taste and unwavering support for local arts.

  • When: Until 30 June
  • Where: Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery Temporary Gallery, Level 2 Sasana Kijang, 2 Jalan Dato’ Onn 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Matthew Modine and Stanley Kubrick on the set of Full Metal Jacket directed by Stanley Kubrick c Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.

Life Behind The Lens

For fans of classic cinema, Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at the Design Museum in London is an absolute must. The American director, screenwriter and producer, who passed away in 1999, was one of the greatest and most original filmmakers of the 20th century. His repertoire includes The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket and 2001: A Space Odyssey, among many others. The exhibition gathers 700 objects, a rich array of archive footage and a detailed model of the centrifuge set that Kubrick developed for 2001: A Space Odyssey, all of which help visitors delve into the genius of Kubrick and discover the inspiration behind his iconic works.

  • When: Until 15 September
  • Where: 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG, London
Image courtesy of Guo Pei

Dress To Impress

The Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore launches its Season of Chinese Art with a sensational exhibition entitled Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture. Guo Pei is one of China’s premier haute couture designers and her name hit the headlines when Rihanna famously wore one of her pieces, an incredible trailing yellow gown, to the 2015 Met Gala. The exhibition compares and contrasts 29 of Pei’s embroidered designs with 20 masterpieces of Chinese art. The designer grew up in Beijing and was surrounded with a wealth of Chinese imperial art, which now serves as a constant inspiration for her dramatic, sculptural and ornate gowns. The exhibition invites viewer to contemplate how Pei references Chinese aesthetics and traditions in her art.

  • When: 15 June – 15 September
  • Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555 
Birth Of A Nation – Death Of A Nation – Ivan Lam

Malaysia’s Triumph

Four Malaysian artists are making history in Italy at the 58th International Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, otherwise known as the Venice Biennale. Anurendra Jegadeva, Zulkifli Yusoff, Ivan Lam and H.H. Lim have been selected to represent their country at the international art show’s first Malaysian Pavilion, which has been curated by Lim Wei-Ling, the owner of private gallery Wei-Ling Contemporary in Kuala Lumpur. “These artists have established a name for themselves, both within Malaysia and on the international front,” says Lim. “I have seen how they have evolved and grown as contemporary artists, who are making statements about the world in which they live,” This year’s overarching theme for the Venice Biennale is “May You Live in Interesting Times”. The four selected artists will present new work under the sub-theme of “Holding Up A Mirror”, which revolves around ideas of identity during a time of immense political and social change.

  • When: Until 24 November
  • Where: Palazzo Malipiero, 3198 2nd Floor, Campo San Samuele, Venice, Italy
Sandal, 1940. Blue Raffia Upper and Blue Kid. Carved Cork Heel. The model was made for actress Loretta Young Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo.

Made To Last

The Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, Italy presents a show devoted to sustainability, green design and the future of fashion. Sustainable Thinking is inspired by the brand’s founder, who was an early innovator in recycled materials, often using them for his couture pieces. Examples of sustainable designs made by the man himself from the 1920s onwards are on display alongside contemporary works created by the brand in the present day using new, environment-friendly materials and techniques. The exhibition offers inspiration to the next generation of fashion designers, artists and material producers, showing that protecting the ecosystem should be an imperative part of the design process.

  • When: Until 8 March 2020
  • Where: Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Piazza di Santa Trinita, 5R, 50123, Firenze Fl, Italy