MANIFEST: Modernism of Merdeka
Curator : Ar. Ang Chee
Duration : 11 July 2017 - 30 July 2017
Held in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2017 (KLAF2017), the exhibition examines architecture in Malaya during the transformative period of Merdeka and explores the significant relationship between architecture and nation-building.
Being the capital of a newly formed nation, Kuala Lumpur underwent significant changes, both in physical form and societal configurations. Architects were at the forefront of the urban debates, giving shape to planning and architectural questions that were part of the many challenges of a new nation.
These debates often encompass larger social issues, from housing to economy, to societal relations and dynamics. The incorporation of modernism addressed many of these issues, projecting Malaysia’s image to the rest of the world with a desire to connect with the world at large, engaging in a shared discourse and belief in progress, new technology, humanitarian ideals and social organisation.
The exhibition brings together photographs, drawings and models, social documents and new media to communicate the achievements and ideals, ethics and ambitions of the pioneering generation of Malaysian architects during the early years of Merdeka and the formation of Malaysia.
This exhibition is a collaboration with Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) / Malaysian Institute of Architects.