Head into the National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG) right now and you’ll be met with paintings and installations from 114 local and international artists, spread across its seven galleries and three outdoor sites – all centring on the theme of Alami Belas or Be Loved. This is the focal point of the mega-scale KL Biennale, a contemporary art exhibition that runs until March this year and takes in multiple sites around the city.
Each gallery within the NVAG presents a different angle on the theme, expressed through nature, heritage, humanity, animals and spirituality. Visitors begin their journey into each space with ‘Stories of Love’, meant to raise awareness on and help develop sensitives towards social issues. This leads on to the ‘Heart of Matter’ and ‘Petals of Love’ segments, each of which contain artwork that help paint the complete picture of the Biennale’s concept of love.