Looking For My Art Heart in Kuala Lumpur

You know how you sometimes snap random photos of things, just because? I decided I'm going to keep a running gallery post just to collate such things on the theme of Art that I saw in my new home base of Kuala Lumpur. 

'Bubble' meeting room, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre

Suspended art meeting room
The coolest meeting room I've ever seen! Seen while peeking through one of the buildings at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC).

KLPAC itself is a lovely Arts Centre, and well worth visiting if you want to drop by somewhere not as touristy. The grounds are graced with the ruins of colonial train station buildings, and a picturesque lake lies by the Centre.

KLCC Street Poetry (with translation!)

Scattered over a tiny urban tree-lined bench park between my street and KLCC. The test of a good translation, is when you cannot tell which version is the original and which the translation. It's particularly hard with art and poetry.

So... which one is the translation?

Unfortunately, this installation is no longer there. At the moment there are coloured lights at the base of the slender trees gridding the square. 

Poignant thoughts at the National Visual Arts Gallery (Balai Seni Visual Negara)

Art Kuala Lumpur
Shrouded by tear gas, "nothing happened here". I kept returning to this painting, and how the spotlights come up when photographed to resemble a heart, almost as if to say, you can see through the tear gas if you use your heart. -2011 by Zelin Seah.

Malaysia came a long way, from the watershed event that inspired this artwork. Just a few years later, an epic election in 2018 took place in a new political era where peaceful demonstrations no longer result in tear gassing, water cannons, and media suppression. 

Experimental pottery at Kompleks Karangkraf

Vibrant pottery designs outside one of the artisan's huts within the craft design complex along Jalan Raja Chulan. Gotta come again when they actually have activities. 

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2 Responses

  1. Gina says:

    When I saw the bubble meeting room, at first I thought it was an interesting light. Do they have meetings there often? Staring at the painting, I can see why you returned often. Each time you look some new revelation seems to happen.

  2. neha says:

    Completely agree. In a good translation, not just the words but the whole spirit of the original phrase needs to reappear. Then only it can be called a good one.