Kuala Lumpur is spoiled for choice when it comes to culture and arts, but how do you know whether a gallery is family-friendly? Whether you want to continue your own interest in the arts or just want to introduce kids to art in a fun and interesting way, we’ve got you covered. So what are you waiting for? Take your mini-Monet to one of these galleries, pronto!
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TAKSU is a leading Southeast Asian contemporary art gallery and specialist with a journey of over 30 years in Singapore and Malaysia. TAKSU represents a wide selection of contemporary art with a distinctly urban edge in the international art form. From discovering and nurturing young emerging talents to promoting established acclaimed names in the industry, their stable of artists are distinguished by talent, academia, private and institutional acquisitions as well as regional and international collections and awards.
TAKSU Kuala Lumpur, 17 Jalan Pawang, 54000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 4251 4396, www.taksu.com
This unique place offers a multifaceted range of themes through its six permanent galleries: Children’s Gallery, the Bank Negara Malaysia Gallery, Economics Gallery, Islamic Finance Gallery, Numismatics Gallery and Art Gallery. These galleries delve into the Malaysian economy and financial landscape from pre-independence to the present-day. Reinforcing the Bank’s role as the leader of national numismatic and supporter of arts heritage, you can expect to see numismatic treasures that are as old as history as well as its dynamic collection of Malaysian and ASEAN artworks.
Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Sasana Kijang, 2 Jalan Dato’ Onn, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 9179 2784, www.museum.bnm.gov.my
With a focus on contemporary art, KL City Art Gallery is worth being on an art lover’s itinerary. Besides being a platform for young and emerging artists, the gallery also showcases works of Malaysian artists whose works in all genres, reflect their thinking of our socio-cultural issues. The gallery also actively conducts programmes such as talks, forums, workshops, cross-disciplinary projects and cultural performances. KL City Art Gallery is the perfect space for artists, collectors, art lovers and observers to interact and inspire each other.
KL City Art Gallery, 1, Lorong Kapar, Off Jalan Syed Putra, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6013 394 7717, www.klcityartgallery.com
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is a 2-floor private gallery that doubles as an information center for tourists. Housed in a 114-year old Moorish style building, the gallery is strategically located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s heritage enclave – Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square), which is protected by Malaysia’s Conservation & Heritage Protection Board. The historic area houses many notable buildings, structures and icons that date back to more than a century. The gallery gives visitors an overview of the city’s past, present and future through a collection of prints, miniatures and photographs.
The highlight of the gallery is the massive Kuala Lumpur City Model comprising more than 5000 handmade miniature buildings and structures assembled to perfection. Complete the experience by taking a photo next to the ‘ I ♥ KL ‘ monument located outside the building.
KL City Gallery, 27, Jln Raja, Dataran Merdeka, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 12-209 0818
ILHAM Gallery is a public art gallery committed to supporting the development, understanding and enjoyment of Malaysian modern and contemporary art within a regional and global context. The gallery aims to appeal to a diverse audience and serve as a resource for those who are engaged in the arts and those for whom art is a new experience. Through their exhibitions and public programmes, get closer in touch with the art, artists and their ideas. Admission is free!
Ilham Gallery, Levels 3 and 5, Ilham Tower, 8, Lrg Binjai, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2181 3003, www.ilhamgallery.com
The National Art Gallery is known in Malay language as Balai Seni Lukis Negara. This gallery displays paintings, sculptures, batik and other works done by artists from Malaysia and all over the world. Today, this building houses more than 2,500 works of art that you can appreciate and admire while you are in the city of Kuala Lumpur. Other exhibits that you can see here are the experimental works and touring exhibitions with different themes every now and then. If you are new to art, this is a good place to start!
National Art Gallery, 2, Jalan Temerloh, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 4026 7000, www.artgallery.gov.my
At the Malaysia Cartoon and Comic House, the older generation get to revisit familiar faces from their old comic collections, while youngsters may gather inspiration and witness the evolution of the local cartoon industry. The gallery currently contains over 500 selected works (representing a mere 10% of the gallery’s archive) dating from 1936-1990. Many of the creative works on display have been loaned from private collectors and cannot be viewed elsewhere. Basically designed to follow a chronological order, the gallery highlights each decade with selected works from all genres such as fantasy and folk to sci-fi and romance.
Malaysia Cartoon & Comic House, Setapak, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6012 667 0620
For independent arts lovers, HOM Art Trans is an independent art space that seeks to assist and support the development of visual art in Malaysia and facilitates networking with the Southeast Asian counterparts. HOM’s core objective is to promote Malaysia Art and nurture young artists through its key programmes, namely: The Residency, The Art Fund and The Art Award. Founded in 2007, the artist-run-space currently comprises a gallery, a studio and an art archive.
HOM Art Trans, 6A, Jalan Cempaka 16, Taman Cempaka, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia, +6012 373 6004, www.homarttrans.com
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