John Ishak, chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Biennale; Mohamed Najib Ahmad Dawa, director general of the National Art Development Board in Malaysia; and Zanita Binti Anuar, director of the Kuala Lumpur Biennale, at a press conference on May 19. Photo: Kuala Lumpur Biennale.

Inaugural Kuala Lumpur Biennale to Open in November

The National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG) of Malaysia is organizing Kuala Lumpur’s first-ever biennial, Sonia Yu of ArtAsiaPacific reports. The contemporary art event is one of several new biennials that will launch in 2018, including the Bangkok Biennale and the Riga International Biennial.

Artists from Malaysia and other countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as China, South Korea, Japan, and India, will be invited to exhibit work that addresses the five themes of love: love for nature, love for heritage, love for people, love for animals, and love for icons. The biennial will be held at various venues across the city, including the Kuala Lumpur City Center and National Blood Center, and will run from November 1 to March 31, 2018.

Johan Ishak, chairman of biennial, said, “The Kuala Lumpur Biennale will change our way of experiencing art. Not to revere, but to rejoice in the narrative presented by unsung heroes, conservationists, architects, art activists, practitioners, and various other personalities.”