March 18, 2009

The Iskandar Malaysia Contemporary Art Show

The IMCAS exhibition held on the forth floor in Danga city mall Johor which opens on the 21st March , is a must see show! On display are around 1,000 contempory Malaysian art pieces including the Aliya and Farouk Khan collection which is the biggest art collection in Malaysia.


The main room on the forth floor is bigger than any of the rooms in the national art gallery in KL and has been repainted and fitted with spotlights to house an extraordinary array of paintings of various sizes, expertly hung. Upon entering one is immediately spellbound by the myriad of artworks on display. An impressive segment of the Khan’s collection. To name but a few of the artists works on display are, Yusof Ghani, Zulkifli Yusof, Annuar Rashid, Tan Chin Kuan, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Masnoor Ramli, Ahmad Shukri, Jegadeva Anurendra, Jeganathan Ramachandram, Ivan Lam, Choy Chun Wei and Yau Bee Ling. All major works that make this show a must see for any art enthusiast.

Farouk Khan with part of his art collection

NST reported:
The Iskandar Malaysia Contemporary Art Show (Imcas) 2009, which opens on the 21st March 2009 and runs for three months will showcase about 1,000 works of more than 100 Malaysian artists, is set to place Malaysia at the forefront of the regional art market.

"The show, which begins on Saturday at the Danga City Mall in Johor Baru, is to promote art awareness in Johor Baru and indicate the kind of changes Iskandar Malaysia will bring to Johor," said Farouk Khan, who is the Imcas organising committee chairman.

Over the years, the Khans have scoured the country, buying up choice works of premier artists, convinced that Malaysian artworks were of world-class standard. One choice work that will be exhibited is Pilihan by artist Hamir Shoib, which is valued around RM500,000.

"This is a unique and important event for the Malaysian art scene, especially as it is being held outside the artists' hub of Kuala Lumpur. "I congratulate Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and Danga City Mall for mooting the idea for Imcas, together with the National Art Gallery, with the aim of making it an annual affair," Farouk said.

"The development of a city state today is recognised not just in the number of buildings put up there, but the quality of life resulting from its technological and cultural development through advancement of the arts."

The unveiling of part of the couple's private artwork collection at the mall's 2,601 sq-metre anchor tenant space will represent the first public viewing of the collection.

It will serve as a preview to a show at the National Art Gallery in January next year.
Featured in the collection will be works of major contemporary artists, including Yusof Ghani, Zulkifli Yusof, Annuar Rashid, Tan Chin Kuan, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Masnoor Ramli, Ahmad Shukri, Jegadeva Anurendra, Jeganathan Ramachandram, Ivan Lam, Choy Chun Wei and Yau Bee Ling.

Farouk said although the works of Malaysian artists were highly sought after in the international art market, local buyers were quite averse to them.

"It would be sad if a situation arises here, as in China, where the government is forking out millions trying to buy back works of its local artists that are now in the hands of foreign collectors."

This is a strong possibility because many of the artworks of Malaysia's foremost artist, Datuk Ibrahim Hussein, who passed away recently, are in foreign lands.

Farouk said Imcas would include a fair for 100 young artists, who will vie for the top prizes of RM5,000, RM3,000, RM2,000 and seven consolation prizes of RM1,000 in an art competition.
"The artists' works will be for sale. It is a chance to become a beginner collector of reasonably-priced local artworks. This will be good investment as I'm sure every one of these artists will become major names and the value of their works will escalate sharply ."

1 Comment:

en_me said...

interesting..

 

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