TAKSU

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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.

AN­NEXE GALLERY

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.

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