With branches in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Bali, this is one of the region’s leading art dealers. Passionate about promoting the industry’s younger talents, artists such as Fauzulyusri, Fawwaz Sukri, and Wong Chee Meng have been catapulted onto the international stage thanks to the gallery’s efforts. 17 Jalan Pawang. Tel: 03- 4251 4396. OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Sundays and public holidays by appointment only. WHAT’S HOT: Till August 10, check out ‘50/50’, a two-man show by Choo Kuan Yeoh and Seah Zelin. Established in 2007, the Annexe Gallery began as a centre for contemporary arts but has since evolved into a democratic space that champions a diversity of perspectives. The gallery’s community of artists and activists are passionate about the freedom of expression, socially-conscious work, and gender diversity. The annual Sexual Freedom Festival (first hosted in 2008) has become a platform to support and celebrate diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. With its high ceilings and timbered floors, this is an excellent venue for exhibitions, performances, festivals, and forums. 1st & 2nd Floor, Central Market Annexe. Tel: 03-2070 1137. OPENING HOURS: Daily, 11am to 8pm. WHAT’S HOT: If you hurry you can still catch ‘Fragment’, the mind-blowing dance performance by James Kan, which ends July 21. Set in a century-old warehouse in Chinatown, the modern art here is a striking contrast to the colonial interiors of soaring ceilings, antique beams, brick pillars, and terracotta tiles. Sip on coffee or enjoy a light lunch in the cafe surrounded by art installations. 198, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee. Tel: 03-2181 1634. OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 1am. WHAT’S HOT: We love the Art Jamming events, where canvas, paints, and cocktails are served to help you unleash your inner artist.
HOUSE OF MATAHATI
The brainchild of Malaysian artists Ahmad Fuad Osman, Ahmad Shukri Mohamed, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Masnoor Ramli Mahmud, and Hamir Soib @ Mohamed, this is one of the most prominent artist-run initiatives contributing to the development of local and regional art. The Matahati Art Residency, which nurtures emerging artists, is very popular. The annual ‘Artriangle’ exhibition hosts artists from around Asia, creating awareness about regional art. 6A, Jalan Cempaka 16, Taman Cempaka, Ampang. Tel: 012-373 6004. OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday, 11am to 6pm; Saturdays, 1pm to 6pm; Sundays by appointment only. WHAT’S HOT: From August 24 to 31, the gallery’s first resident artist Gan Tee Sheng presents artworks produced during his six-month residency.
THE WAREHOUSE GALLERY & CAFÉ – RIL’S @ THE WAREHOUSE ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM MALAYSIA
Southeast Asia’s largest museum for Islamic art boasts spiritual architectural elements such as majestic domes and the ceramic tapestry that greets visitors at its entrance. Expect over 7,000 artefacts, from exquisite jewellery to large-scale models of famous mosques. Permanent galleries exhibit tapestries, handwritten Qurans, and traditional firearms. The children’s library holds storytelling sessions during the weekend as well as art and craft lessons. Jalan Lembah Perdana. Tel: 03-2274 2020. OPENING HOURS: Daily, 10am to 6pm. WHAT’S HOT: Don’t miss ‘ Al Hajj: The Malaysian Experience’ from August 20 to November 20.
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia