By Haifa Hasim on March 1, 2019
Besides travelling, art has also been proven as a form of mental healing because engaging in creative activities help us to de-stress and allow us to be completely ourselves. In other words, getting involved in art is like taking the mind on holiday! So here are 7 art spaces you can visit to quieten your thoughts after a blaring day- or week-long hard work!
1.Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (http://www.ilhamgallery.com/)
Ever since it burst into the art scene in 2015, the gallery features one of the finest art exhibitions in the country. Ilham Gallery also holds a wide variety of activities for you to creatively indulge in such as creative writing and paper binding workshops, gallery tours and even art talks with prominent figures in the industry. All in all, Ilham is a one-stop centre to satisfy all of your he(art)’s desire.
2.Galeri Petronas, KLCC (http://www.galeripetronas.com.my)
Located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this can easily be a refreshing stop after some light shopping at KLCC. This gallery boasts an impressive collection of local and international works of contemporary art that you’ll surely enjoy. It is also perfect for appreciating the uniqueness and diversity of Malaysia through art.
3.TAKSU Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (https://taksu.com/)
TAKSU Gallery takes pride in their intercultural art with their staple “fine art with a distinctly urban edge”. You will get to admire impressive works from local and Southeast Asian talents. Moreover, TAKSU also organizes annual ‘Locals Only’ exhibitions that showcase local artworks from public open call submissions.
4.Wei Ling Contemporary, Bangsar (http://weiling-gallery.com/)
The largest commercial art gallery in the country, the gallery at The Gardens Mall allows you to revel in experimental urban art that transcends conventional art such as sculptures and paintings. It will be an insightful visit if you want to step out from the convention and obtain a new experience of looking and understanding art.
5.Art Row, Publika (https://www.facebook.com/artrowpublika/)
Creative juices flow non-stop at this row! From exhibitions, workshops to crafts, all things “ART” can be found here. You can stroll down the row to check out the ongoing exhibitions by local and emerging artists, learn a new skill such as painting, craft-making or just spoil yourself with cute crafts from our local artisans!
6.KEN Gallery, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (http://kenholdings.com.my/kengallery/)
The gallery aims at inculcating art into every person; you don’t have to fear about being “not cool enough” to appreciate art! It holds exhibitions from local artists from time to time. It also houses a permanent collection belonging to the gallery’s founder, Dato’ Kenny Tan, and you will be in awe of his personal collection that includes artworks from prominent artists all over the world! Not forgetting, you can also appreciate a wide range of Malaysian brush paintings and decades-old fine antique Chinese porcelain.
7.OUR ArtProjects, Kuala Lumpur (http://www.ourartprojects.com/)
Part of the refurbished arts hub, The Zhongshan Building, this quaint gallery holds engaging art exhibitions that attempt to expand our thinking towards social and aesthetic beliefs. Visit this space to gather an intriguing experience and have fun at the same time! You can also make a quick stop at other art spaces in the building while you’re there.