National Art Gallery announced the second instalment of KUL Biennale, an exhibition created to further establish the progression of the local and international visual arts scene. KUL Biennale 2020 is scheduled to be held and exhibited to the public from 1st September 2020 till 28th February 2021.
Joining in the announcement of KUL Biennale 2020 at the Langkawi International Airport, Kedah recently was Yang Berbahagia Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia together with YBrs. Encik Ismail Ani Arope, Chairman of KUL Biennale 2020 and YBrs. Encik Mohammad Nazli Abdul Aziz, Senior General Manager of Commercial Services, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.
‘KUL’ in KUL Biennale 2020 is referred to as the flight code for Kuala Lumpur reflecting on the partnership between National Art Gallery and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad. Following this partnership, udara (aviation) is included in the theme of Tanah Air (Sa)Udara – with (Sa) being placed before the word udara which when combined becomes Saudara, translating to ‘brother’.
Lead by Encik Amerrudin Ahmad as not only the Director General of National Art Gallery but also the Artistic Director, KUL Biennale 2020 will see the participation of 100 artists from Malaysia and South East Asia countries. During the press conference, YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar revealed the first group of 18 artists that will be part of this initiative.
Other than the main exhibition, National Art Gallery will also organise parallel programs around Kuala Lumpur to complement KUL Biennale 2020 which include Collateral exhibitions from selected private galleries (showcasing art pieces based on “Tanah Air (Sa)Udara”), and an Art Symposium targeted towards local and international art enthusiasts as well as students to be held at the National Art Gallery.
In the run up to the KUL Biennale 2020, National Art Gallery has also prepared a lineup of several programmes nationwide through its Route to KL Biennale 2020 initiative, one of it being the International Marble Art Camp in Langkawi from 30 November – 13 December 2019. Throughout this art camp, 19 artists from eight countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, India, Italy, Belgium, France and Malaysia produced unique and fine marble sculptures based on the myths and legends of Langkawi.
Apart from Langkawi International Airport, MAHB also will utilize Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kuching International Airport, Penang International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport. The exhibition space at the airport will be around two to a maximum three months.