Klang Valley is more than just a major hub for shopping destinations and colourful food varieties. Whether you are an art enthusiast or simply looking to fulfil your productive leisure time, here are the Top 10 recommended art galleries worth visiting in KL and Selangor.
1) Artemis Art
Located on Level G4 in Publika Shopping Gallery, Artemis Art is a gallery that helps young artists, regardless of any background to showcase their works to the public. This also gives them the opportunity to gain exposure in the world of art at the same time. Apart from promoting the artists’ collections of artworks, the gallery also holds other art-related events including workshops and book launches. For any enquiry regarding the artists and the artworks featured in the gallery can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) GALERI PETRONAS
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Suria KLCC shopping mall lies a contemporary art gallery on Level 3 that needs no introduction: the Galeri Petronas. Originally established at Dayabumi Complex back in 1992, the gallery has since relocated to KLCC six years later where it boasts a bigger space spanning 2,000 sq metres. Galeri Petronas exhibits a diverse range of artworks created by both local and foreign artists. The gallery also held other programmes such as talks and workshops. Admission is free.
3) Ilham Gallery
Accessibility is one of the major factors of Ilham Gallery to reach out to more people in appreciating the local art scene. Strategically located in the heart of KLCC near Jalan Binjai, the gallery offers different types of visits including guided and school tours. Visitors can even look forward to purchasing some of the gifts and souvenirs at the gift shop on the fifth floor such as limited-edition prints and art books. Each item that has been sold helps to support the gallery’s future public and educational programmes. Aspiring college and university students who are looking for an internship can also join the gallery to learn and carry out duties like research and assisting in special projects. Any enquiry regarding Ilham Gallery can be reached via email at email@example.com
4) R A Fine Arts
R A Fine Arts is no stranger to the local art scene, having been established for over a decade since 2007. The gallery promotes both traditional and modern artworks ranging from local to various parts of the Asian region. R A Fine Arts also offers other services like art consultancy, editorial & translation as well as evaluation & assessment of artworks and publishing. The gallery can be found at Block A4 in Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
5) G13 Gallery
G13 Gallery showcases various artworks created by local and international artists. Some of the acclaimed artists that exhibit their works in the gallery include Tan Lu Man, Raimi Sani, Alexandra Hon, Lampu Kansanoh and Chayanin Kwangkaew. In 2018 alone, G13 Gallery has promoted their artists’ collections at international art fairs including Singapore, Busan and Bangkok. You can visit the gallery at Block B in Kelana Square for free from 11 am to 5 pm daily except on Sundays and public holidays.
6) Galeri Chandan
Located at Solaris Dutamas, Galeri Chandan provides ample space for local artists to promote various kinds of art pieces to the public. The gallery also holds the bi-annual Malaysian Emerging Artist Award (MEAA) to honour the country’s most promising up-and-coming talents. In 2012, Galeri Chandan showcased the Pahang-born Mohd Al-Khuzairie’s futuristic-themed exhibition known as “Platoon”, one of the 2009 winners of the MEAA. He utilised ceramics as his primary medium to craft art pieces ranging from humanoids to superheroes-like figurines.
7) HOM Art Trans
HOM Art Trans was founded in 2007 to support local young artists from different backgrounds through various programmes and networking such as The Residency and The Art Fund. This independently-owned art space also serves as a stepping stone for any aspiring artist looking to seek more exposure in the art industry. For more info regarding HOM Art Trans, you can call 012-373 6004 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8) OUR ArtProjects
True to its name, OUR ArtProjects focuses on bringing talented people together to showcase modern art pieces from Malaysia and Southeast Asia region through numerous exhibition programmes. The art gallery also manages other services like research, consultancy and curatorial development. You can visit their gallery for free at The Zhongshan Building in Jalan Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur.
9) Pipal Fine Art
Founded by Hoe Say Yong and Angie Lee, the husband-and-wife team of Artfolio fame, Pipal Fine Art aims to nurture young and established talents in the art scene. The gallery also provides various services such as hosting various exhibitions, events and project management. Call 03-6206 5111 or email to email@example.com for further info regarding their gallery’s services.
10) Richard Koh Fine Art
Richard Koh is a veteran gallerist famously credited for pioneering the modern and contemporary art to the local art scene. He has operated his eponymous art gallery in Bangsar Village II and Jalan Maarof for over a decade since 2005. He regularly promotes art pieces from Malaysia and other Southeast Asia regions regardless of emerging or established talents. Richard Koh also owns two more branches outside of Malaysia including Singapore and Bangkok.
That’s not all! More Top 10s in Malaysia are waiting to be discovered!
The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes at TallyPress.com.