Kuala Lumpur, October 2, 2009
The annual Starhill Gallery Arts Festival in October this year will be celebrated with the theme “Passions” in collaboration with the National Art Gallery to focus on sculptures and installation art by Malaysian artists.
Sculptures and installation art are generally not as widely popular or promoted in Malaysia, hence, it is indeed timely for Starhill Gallery to create more awareness in enhancing the appreciation of these arts by Malaysian artists.
Internationally acclaimed Malaysian artist, Yusof Ghani will reprise his role as the curator of Starhill Gallery Arts Festival on Muse floor to ensure a magnificent showcase of works that will be displayed throughout Starhill Gallery, both indoors and outdoors.
Among Malaysian sculptors and installation artists who will be participating include Yusof Ghani himself; Abdul Multhalib Musa and Raja Shariman; as well as the internationally acclaimed Eng Tay and other renowned artists including Phillip Wong, Chin Wan Kee and Azahari Khalip.
Many sculptures and works by these artists will be revealed for the first time to the public at Starhill Gallery Arts Festival in a showcase of over 80 masterpieces, transforming Starhill gallery into a “museum” of fine arts which further underlines YTL Corporation’s strong support for the arts and its powers of communication in enriching the human experience.
Outdoor Art In the Heart of Bukit Bintang
“It has always been our passion to bring the Arts closer to the people” says Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh in his speech, “from art festivals to the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, celebrations with operas, musicals and as international Friends of the Louvre, as well as with our award-winning architecture of YTL properties.”
In this unique showcase that will excite the public with sculptures that will overflow into the outdoors of Bukit Bintang at Starhill Gallery – meet the big “Boy” by Eng Tay and suspensions of the “Heart Series” by Azahari Khalip, and encounter astonishing shapes and structures from “Rooster” by Yusof Ghani to “Swans” and “Table” by Abdul Multhalib Musa and intriguing lines of “The Human Mind” by Phillip Wong.
In the whole month of October, the public will also be inspired by outdoor exhibitions of “Wood Pago-pago” by Shafee Ramli, and “Leaf Series” by Nur Hafiza Ali to enhance the appreciation of the arts for the enrichment of all Malaysians.
The World’s Most Beautiful Book
For once in a lifetime, admire a masterpiece that is worthy of the Smithsonian Museum and the world famous New York Public Library, courtesy of Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh.
Hailed as the most beautiful book in the world, “Michelangelo, La Dotta Mano” (The Learned Hand) was presented to Tan Sri Dr Francis by the Fondazione Marilena-Ferrari, Italy in appreciation of his worldwide contribution as a true patron of the arts.
The cover features an exact replica of Michelangelo’s “Madonna of the Steps” carved from marble of the same Polvaccio quarries which Michelangelo himself used in his work. The handmade folios are created according to centuries-old tradition, while the book’s measurements comply with the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio that is used throughout the ages in architecture, sculpture and painting to represent the universal law of harmony.
Viewing Schedule: The folios of “Michelangelo, La Dotta Mano” will be flipped page by page by an attending personnel for the public’s closer examination and appreciation of the book’s contents at intervals of every hour of the day starting at 10.30 am to 7.30 pm.
Exhibitions On Muse Floor, Starhill Gallery
The nucleus of inspiration and imagination, Muse floor at Starhill Gallery will continue the excitement with exhibitions by art galleries, spilling over to the open areas of its surroundings to promote dynamic interactions between art and the people.
Art Seni will feature “Line Series” by Phillip Wong, and special showcases of bronze exhibits by Chin Wan Kee, lecturer at the Malaysian Institute of Art and wood hanging exhibits by Azahari Khalip, lecturer at the Universiti Teknologi MARA.
The Gallery @ Star Hill will highlight the masterpieces of “Biring I and II” by Yusof Ghani and “Swirl” among other sculptures by Abdul Multhalib Musa, “Heron & Fish” by Suhaimi Fadzir, “Sea Series” by Mohd Asli, including the creations of National Art Laureate Dato’ Syed Ahmad Jamal, Raja Shariman, Mat Anuar, Ramlan Abdullah and Anthony Lau.
Heng Artland presents a repertoire of paintings by French artists entitled “Romance & Beauty 2” featuring Alain Bonnefoit, Jean-Marie Zacchi, Maryvonne Le Diest, Claude Fauchere, Bernard Koawalczuk, Frederic Menguy and Zhu Qingtang.
EDI. A Art will bring to life interpretations of Koi fish in “Mutiara Koi” with oil and mixed media on canvas, while House of Suzie Wong reveals “Treasures of the Deep” with mix media paintings by Susanna Goho-Quek; jewelry from corals by Datin Nazlee Samad and Marina Samad; underwater photography by Rizal Adnan; porcelain of junk wrecks by Karen Goh; and “Art & Living” photography by Kenneth Quek.