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Art and theatre happenings to check out this month

Art and theatre happenings to check out this month

Buro Culture Guide

Text: Su Fen Tan


Image: KLPac
Image: From Optimism is Ridiculous by Natee Utarit

Learn how to make your own tassel earrings, or go catch an art exhibition or two — find out what else you can do around town this month here:

3 May - 1 July, Seen @ Wei-Ling Gallery

This exhibition marks a breakthrough for both Wei-Ling Gallery and the contemporary Malaysian art scene, bringing together 10 leading Malaysian and renowned international artists to showcase their visual and activist projects—from documentary and photography to conceptual practice; appropriation of censored imagery to re-contextualization of leaked footage. The artist line-up Ahmet Öğüt (Turkey), Roger Ballen (USA), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (USA), as well as local artists Anurendra Jegadeva and Ivan Lam.

For more information, visit the website.


5 - 19 May, Artists in Residency from Taiwan @ RAW Art Space

As part of an exchange project between Taiwan's Waley Art and RAW Art Space, two Taiwanese artists-in-residency will be showcasing solo exhibitions here in KL this month, namely Chou Ming-Yi (mixed media) with The Future Archelogy of Dogs, and Teng Wen-Hsin (digital image/video art), who is presenting Transcendental Conversation. If you'd like to meet the artists, join in the opening reception that is happening on the evening of 5 May.

For more information, visit the event page.


8 - 31 May, Optimism is Ridiculous by Natee Utarit @ National Visual Arts Gallery

An exhibition by leading contemporary Thai artist Natee Utarit, Optimism is Ridiculous features a selection of 25 artwork from the series—animal paintings by the artist that highlights social contexts and other understandings of the outside world by contrasting Asian-ness against a post-colonial product-based inspiration.This exhibition is co-presented by the National Visual Arts Gallery and Richard Koh Fine Art.

For more information, visit the event page.


10 - 13 May, Dato' Seri @ KLPac

A Malay adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth by the late Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim and Omar Ali, this localised version of the classic play is set in the early 1960s in a reimagined Malaya, following the struggle - both in thought and action - of Dato' DiKajang, as he deals with the choices he makes, and the consequences that follow suit.

For ticketing and more information, visit the website.


12 May, Introductory Workshop to Trendy Tassels @ Lucy Walker Jewellery

Catered to both beginner and intermediate level jewellers, this workshop will teach you how to work with metal and hammers to make your very own pair of bright and beautiful tassel earrings!

The course fee (inclusive of kit fees) is RM430. For more information, visit the website.


26 May onwards, Art Criticism Workshop @ Ilham Gallery

If you've always been interested in writing about art, this is the perfect workshop to help you get started. Learn to appreciate the craft of art writing and discover more about contemporary art discourse in four 3-hour sessions starting from 26 May onwards.

For more information, visit the website


Ongoing exhibition:


25 March - 15 July, Patani Semasa @ Ilham Gallery, KL

Showcasing contemporary art from the Golden Peninsula in collaboration with MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Patani Semasa features works of art as well as cultural representations of the 'Patani Region' from 27 artists-both locals and those engaged with issues relevant to the area in question- a kaleidoscope of different perspectives, methodologies, and responses developed throughout 13 years of experiences.

For more information, visit the website.

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