8 July 2019: The road to KL’s next mega-scale contemporary art event is packed with events and exhibitions
Organised by the National Visual Art Gallery (NVAG), the second KL Biennale will take place in 2020 and aims to be an integral part of Visit Malaysia Year 2020. In the lead up to the mega-scale international contemporary art exhibition, the NVAG has planned a series of promotional activities and events under the tag ‘Route to KL Biennale’ that will serve to create awareness and foster community building.
Locations around Malaysia have been chosen to host workshops and exhibitions throughout this year, each program having been tailored to suit the demographics and interests of each location, while helping to preserve heritage and culture. In implementing each program, the Gallery has collaborated with a host of private and public agencies, including artists, students and other members of the local community.
Events taking place in the north of Malaysia include an International Marble Art Workshop in Langkawi (August) and the Ipoh International Art Festival from November to December. In the south, Johor will host art with community events in November, as will Kelantan in the east, while KL itself will host a youth festival in August.
Director General, National Visual Arts Gallery Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Najib Ahmad Dawa speaking at the recent launch event
Over in Borneo, Kota Kinabalu will present an exhibition on bamboo art and the Borneo Art Festival in September, as well as a workshop on recycling in November.
Aside from drumming up hype for KL Biennale 2020, these preliminary events will also help establish professional networks between involved parties including artists, community leaders and other bodies.
The last KL Biennale ran in 2017 and carried the theme Alami Belas or Be Loved. The mammoth undertaking drew together 100 artists from 12 countries, as well as a list of supporting sites including Galeri Prima, The National Library, Galeri UPM at Universiti Putra Malaysia and Galeri Petronas.