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ALEGORI: Contemporary Art Expressions from Malay Manuscripts
14 November 2017 - 04 February 2018
ALEGORI - Contemporary Art Expressions from Malay Manuscripts is GALERI PETRONAS' final exhibition for its 2017 calendar. The Exhibition explores Malay metaphorical thinking through the Malay manuscripts and the artistry of functional objects derived from various disciplines of knowledge that are rudimentary to the Malay holistic view of the world and arguably formed the foundation of the Malay identity. With the canonical manuscripts of Sulalatus Salatin and Hikayat Hang Tuah and among 17 other significant manuscripts, the Exhibition showcases about 20 rare Malay artefacts inspired by the Malay manuscripts. A selection of 10 contemporary installation artworks will be concurrently presented by regional and local artists, expressing Southeast Asian art’s singular appropriation of its traditional and cultural elements. GALERI PETRONAS invites everyone to explore and examine our cultural aesthetics from visual experiences and connections with these contemporary art expressions stemming from the Malay classical manuscripts. A series of complementary programs to suit the multi-interests of the public is being held throughout the duration of the Exhibition.
JULANG: Traversing a Path of Growth for All
16 August 2017 - 16 October 2017
'JULANG', which means to elevate, raise and honour, calls upon the collective conscience of the nation and its people to uphold the responsibility that comes with independence, and the need to continuously spur the nation to greater heights. In a similar vein, PETRONAS as the custodian of the nation’s oil and gas resources remains firmly committed to meeting society’s growing energy needs. The growing demand for energy inspires and strengthens our purpose to steadily drive for new solutions and push boundaries towards a sustainable energy future, which in turn, elevates Malaysia’s socioeconomic stature.
The exhibition showcases PETRONAS’ 43-year journey in developing and adding value to Malaysia’s oil and gas resources, and our role in contributing towards the country’s progress and the improved wellbeing of Malaysians. JULANG takes visitors on a visual tour of PETRONAS’ journey from its early days as oil and gas regulator, its expansion into upstream and downstream business value chain in Malaysia and abroad, and its contribution towards building the nation and the advancement of society. In line with the theme, 16 selected artworks from the PETRONAS Art Collection, featuring Malaysian artists, will be on display for public viewing.
Click HERE for the JULANG Exhibition brochure
31 July 2017 - 15 August 2017
GALERI PETRONAS is currently closed
MANIFEST: Modernism of Merdeka
Ar. Ang Chee
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.
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