Art Talk

RETROSPEKTIF BIENNALE
By Liew Kian Yap
kian@artmalaysiagroup.com

RETROSPEKTIF BIENNALE  
                 

8 dis 2016 – 8 jan 2017

The RETROSPEKTIF BIENNALE  ( RB) is a review of our national interest in biennales.

While pondering what a Biennale for Malaysia in 2017 ( the KL Biennale 2017)  might look like , the curators at the NVAG have perused a vast array of events or practices commonly known as  Biennales to understand what the relationship between the institution, the Malaysian artists and the Biennales have been all along.This exhbition is aimed to present the invisible history of malaysian Biennale artists, to examine malaysian contemporary art making and frameworks while understanding current reponses and critiques towards Biennales as a whole.

The exhibition will present local works exhibited in the past Asia Pacific Triennale (Australia), Fukuoka Art Triennale ( Japan), Sydney Biennale ( Australia), Dublin Biennale (Ireland), Singapore Biennale ( Singapore), Havana Biennial (Cuba), Asian Art Biennale (Bangladesh) ,  Dak Art ( Africa) , Sao Paulo Biennale ( Brazil) , Osaka Triennale( Japan), Mondiale d estampe petit Format  (France), Paris Photo Biennales( France) ,Young Artists Biennale Tokyo ( Japan)the Venice Architecture Biennale( Italy).

In retrospect , recorded initiatives of local participation was seen in the first few Annual Reports of the Board of Trustees National Art Gallery ( 1968,1969, 1970 and 1971) of this institution , formerly known as Balai Seni Lukis Negara. At the time , Balai Seni Lukis Negara Exhbitions Chairperson, Dato PG LIM was overseeing the best standards of art to be shown in our international Biennale invitations namely the X Sao Paulo Biennale and the First Triennale of Contemporary World Art in New Delhi, India.The selected artists representing our country included Anthony Lau,Chuah Thean Teng,  Khalil Ibrahim,Seah Kim Joo,Ibrahim Hussein, Ismail Zain, Syed Ahmad Jamal,Lee Kian Seng, Ismail Mustam, Grace Selvanathan , Yeoh Jin Leng  , Nik Zainal Abidin and Latiff Mohidin.In the next years , it was discovered that among the first national representative to the renowned international print Biennales )

were our print artists. Names like Loo Foh Sang, Ilse Noor , Juhari Said , Long Thien Shih, and A Rahman Mohamed were familiar to foreign admirers of Malaysian print
 
Contributions include drawings,crirical texts,informal correspondence, interviews ,quotes and diagrammatic explorations shared by artists  and curators including   Jalaini Abu Hassan ,Sharon Chin , Diana Lui, Chuah Chong Yong,Ise , Niranjan Rajah, Nurhanim Khairuddin  and Hasnul Jamal Saidon.An overview of our locally initiated Biennales include 1995 KliP Biennale by Alex Moh  , KL Art Vitual Triennale by Ray Lagenbach , Langkawi Art Biennale by Art Malaysia  and the recently held Shah Alam Biennale 2016 initiated by the maestro, Yusof Ghani.There will also be a dedicated section on Malaysian participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale from 2010 to 2014 put together  in collaboration with PAM ,by architect Ngiom and Melissa   RB is a pre KL B 2017 programme 


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KLB 2017 INFO SHEET

:Commissioned by the National Visual Arts Development Board , the KLB will be organised in the 60th year of our nations independence ,fromNovember 2017 onwards to March 2018 . by the National Visual Art Gallery (NVAG) , Kuala Lumpur, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.

KL Be , is the  personae of the event due every two years . The first year is themed around KL  Belas or KL  be loved .it is set  in nurturing a nation growing to be more mindful of our need to Love , encouraging one that will embody compassion or Belas , in the collaborative process of civility. The major exhibitions to be viewed in the  National Art Gallery  site  are:  the HEART OF THE MATTER , a National Collection  exhibition and the invited artists exhibition under the theme BE LOVED to be held in the other galleries at the NVAG .

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Curators of  Retrospektif Biennale

Zanita Anuar, Nor Azmah Rashid,  Siti Maisarah Bakar, Bakhtiar Naim, Faizal Sidek, Tan Hui Koon, Kamariah Abdullah, and Lim Ai Woei.

Venue

Main      : Galeri 2A dan 2B Balai Seni Visual Negara, Partner
venues : TAPAK Gallery and Pusat Kebudayaan SGM  RB is shown
                 concurrently with two partner venues which you may want to visit

1. TAPAK Gallery , 1 jalan tanjong 8/28  Seksyen 8 Shah Alam, site for the
     SHAH ALAM BIENNALE (tel 013 348 9565)

2. SOKA GAKKAI CULTURE  HALL , site for the major piece by
     FATIMAH CHIK which represented Malaysia in the Asia Pacific Triennale Australia (tel 03 2141 2003)

     Artist talk walkthrough will be held on the 3rd Dec 2016 at 3pm ,at the SGM .
 
For more information , please contact The Office of the KLB oklb@artgallery.gov.my
Or Zanita Anuar zanita@artgallery.gov.my  017 331 3773 


RETROSPEKTIF BIENNIAL

CHAIRMAN signs into RETRO BIEN 

RETROSPEKTIF  BIENNIAL  EXHIBITION    FLOOR  PLAN  

LOBBY : VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE
2010-2014  
30 Architects &artists


2A BIENNALIZATION 

>2016

1.RAJA ZAHABUDDIN   KLIP2005  
2.TG SABRI TG IBRAHIM  OSAKA SCULPTURE TRIENNIAL
3.HAYATI MOKHTAR & DAIN SAID  SYDNEY BIENNALE        
4.SUHAIMI FADZIR  FLORENCE BIENNALE
5.WONG HOY CHEONG  APT 2 & 5OTH VENICE BIENNALE 
6.CHAN KOK HOOI  HAVANA BIENNIALE
7.I LANN YEE  APT 3 
8.ENG HWEE CHU  APT 2
9.TAN CHIN KUAN  APT3
10.ROSLISHAM ISMAIL  SINGAPORE BIENNALE  & APT6 
11.SHARIFAH FATIMAH ZUBIR KLIP2005 & ISLAMIC WORLD
BIENNALE IRAN 
12.J ANURENDRA   HAVANA BIENNIALE
13.PHUAN THAI MENG  HAVANA BIENNIALE
14.SHAHRUL ANUAR  HAVANA BIENNIALE 
15.NADIAH BAMADHAJ  CP BIENNALE JAKARTA
16.BIBI CHEW CHON BEE  FUKUOKA ART TRIENNALE 
17.SHARON CHIN  SINGAPORE BIENNALE
18.SIMRYN GILL  SYDNEY BIENNALE 
19.DIANA LUI (AT ENTRANCE) MOIS DE LA PHOTO IN PARIS 2014 
20.HH LIM  DAK ART & SINGAPORE BIENNALE (AT RAMP) 
21.ZULKIFLI YUSOFF  VENICE BIENNALE
22.HASNUL JAMAL SAIDON  APT 2 
23.JUHARI SAID  SHAH ALAM BIENNALE / ASIAN ART BIENNALE
24.YUSOF GHANI  SHAH ALAM BIENNALE
25.AWANG DAMIT AHMAD  SHAH ALAM BIENNALE
26.RIZHAR ARAHIM  SHAH ALAM BIENNALE

 

2B

EARLY BIENNAL

INVITATIONS

1966 >

1.LOO FOH SANG
2.ILSE NOOR
3.LONG THIEN SHIH
4.CHOONG KAM KOW
5.JUHARI SAID
6.A RAHMAN  MOHD
7.ISMAIL LATIFF
8.JOSEPH TAN
9.JOLLY KOH
10.ANTHONY LAU
11.YEOH JIN LENG
12.ANUAR RASHID
13.JUHARI SAID
14.JALAINI ABU HASSAN
15.NURHANIM KHAIRUDDIN
16.MAT ZALI ISMAIL
17.SHAMSU MOHAMED

HH LIM
Enter the Parallel World ( 2001-2016)


Chairman visits the Venice Architecture Biennale section at the RETRO BIEN 

Curators of MOMAT JapanMMCA Korea and NGS Singapore visit Retro Biennale on the 13 Dec 2016

Curators of MOMAT JapanMMCA Korea and NGS Singapore visit Retro Biennale on the 13 Dec 2016

Curators of MOMAT JapanMMCA Korea and NGS Singapore visit Retro Biennale on the 13 Dec 2016

CHAIRMAN appreciates
Kdek kdek Ong by Hasnul Jamal Saidon
once exhibited in APT 2

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