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Exhibitions @ Penang State Museum & State Art Gallery 09

Location: Dewan Sri Pinang Art Gallery

Time: 9am to 5pm

Operation days: Monday to Saturday (Close on Sunday) 

Contact: 04-2613144

Located in the heart of George Town, the Penang State Museum & Art Gallery is the history of the people of Penang. It houses archive and artifacts that are state treasures. Established since 1821, it represents cultural and heritage of each community in Penang.

 


 

Monday January 19, 2009

The Star Online

By ANDREA FILMER

One-of-a-kind ceramic wonders

CERAMIC art lovers should head to the Penang State Art Gallery in Dewan Sri Pinang to catch the works of 43 foreign artists from across Asia as well as 15 Malaysian artists.

The artists are displaying their works until the end of the month in a contemporary ceramic showcase organised by the gallery with the support of Universiti Sains Malaysia’s School of Art and the Asia Ceramic Networks (ACN).

The art pieces are separated into three categories - functional, figurines and abstract.

Among the most eyecatching were Killing Tools: Flying by local artist Umibaizurah Mahir @ Ismail and Indonesian artist Nurdian Ichsan’s Statue Series.

Also standing out were Indian artist Gurjinder’s The Queen which depicts a ruler seated amongst blooming buds and Park Sun-Woo’s pale green G II Image ceramic piece which lets each viewer come to a different conclusion.

Park, who is ACN’s director, said the exhibition was a step in expanding the contemporary ceramic field in Asia.

“We have found that ceramics were used as a form of communication among people of different cultures and religions a long time ago.

“In this exhibition, Asian countries can get together and analyse changes in the environment and our consciousness in the world of art,” he said.

Museums Department director-general Ibrahim Ismail, who launched the exhibition recently, said he hoped more showcases of this kind would be held.

“This is an avenue for us to expand contemporary and traditional art.

“It has also managed to bring together international artists and art enthusiasts and I hope for more promotion to bring in a bigger international audience,” he said.

The foreign artists exhibiting their works are from South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Vietnam and Singapore.

The showcase is ACN’s fifth annual exhibition and is the first ever ceramic art exhibition at the gallery which is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday.

 

 

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