Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor is bringing new meaning to the “global” status of the classic Volkswagen Beetle with his large-scale crunched-into-a-ball Beetle Sphere series. His latest work – a new, flaming red VW Beetle 1953 – is set to wow audiences at Art Expo Malaysia Plus 2016, which opens today at Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Ichwan’s quirky creation is just one of the many highlights at Art Expo Malaysia Plus, which features 60 exhibitors from 30 countries.
“This 10th anniversary edition of Art Expo brings together more than 2,000 works from some 400 artists. We have an eclectic mix of original artworks – homegrown and foreign – ready to be snapped up, whatever your taste or budget,” says Sim Polenn, Art Expo Malaysia Plus project director.
There are 15 newcomer galleries at Art Expo Malaysia Plus, bringing a fresh and lively energy to this long-running art fair in South-East Asia.
A close-up of Malaysian artist Umibaizurah Mahir Ismail’s new work called Multi Colored Game.
From Britain’s Christine Park Gallery, which features London-based Taiwanese artist Ting-Tong Chang’s satirical ink drawings, to Tokyo-based Gallery UG’s Kunihiko Nohara’s wooden “clouds-for-clothes” sculptures, there is no shortage of contemporary art to investigate.
The state-endorsed National Exhibition of China exhibit is another new highlight, and it presents Chinese ink paintings, oil paintings, calligraphy and sculptures. The touring exhibit, founded in 2014, promotes Chinese culture and contemporary art abroad.
Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara’s woodcut prints presented by Singapore-based gallery Kato Art Duo.
Indonesian artist Agung Mangu Putra’s work Forgiveness 2 shows his trademark slice of social realism in Indonesian politics
One of Japanese artist Kunihiko Nohara’s wooden sculptures, presented by Tokyo-based Gallery UG
A visitor walks by works from the state-endorsed National Exhibition of China exhibit at Art Expo Malaysia Plus 2016.
“Whether you’re a first time buyer looking to make a memorable purchase or an experienced collector looking to invest in newcomer artists, this fair is definitely the place to be. Even if you’re coming to Instagram the event, you’re more than welcome to take as many photos as possible. It’s all about getting people to talk about art,” says Sim.
Last year saw a record turnout of 24,200 visitors at Art Expo Malaysia Plus, with RM16.9mil registered in art sales. That still doesn’t top the record set in the 2014 edition, though, which was RM20.1mil.