9 Diverse Art Galleries Around KL & PJ If You're Feeling Artsy

Supporting local artists is very important, but sparking some inner creativity may also inspire you on your own artistic journey.

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While artistry can often be complex and intricate, appreciating the beauty and creativity by our very own Malaysians is so important for cultural unity!

A picture paints a thousand words. So what about 50 pictures?

Art can literally bring out every sensation in you. From fear, joy, anger, distress, and calmness, Malaysians have created some of the most emotive pieces just out of their mind.

Want to take a look at some of the talents Malaysians have to offer?

Here are nine art galleries around KL and PJ to check out:

1. KL City Art Gallery

The KL City Art Gallery holds a plethora of impeccable art pieces while also hosting numerous events that challenge the minds of introspective thinkers.

A space for young and emerging artists, The Gallery allows the works of artists from a variety of genres to converge and reflect on socio-cultural issues plaguing the world. Beyond hosting, The Gallery also conducts talks, forums, workshops, and cross-disciplinary projects for those interested in understanding the evolving world of art.

If you love any of the displayed art pieces, consultation and private acquisitions are also open to those interested.

Wisma YPR 1, Lorong Kapar, Off, Jln Syed Putra,
Taman Seputeh, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, WPKL.

Opening hours:
11am-6.30pm (Tuesdays to Sundays).
Closed on Mondays.

2. Wei-Ling Gallery

Founded in 2002 by Lim Wei-Ling, the titular Wei-Ling Art Gallery has become a staple for modern and dynamic showpieces in a Brickfields heritage shophouse.

Through ambitious and diverse projects, the gallery has been one of the leading art installations representing contemporary Malaysian art, synonymous with its founders goal of encouraging passion in the arts.

8, Jalan Scott, Brickfields,
50470 Kuala Lumpur, WPKL.

Opening hours:
10am-6pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays).
Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

3. TAKSU Gallery

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Established in 1989, TAKSU has provided a platform for local and international artists alike to showcase their talents across Southeast Asia.

TAKSU's brand, which focuses on the illustration of contemporary art with a distinct urban edge, has brought their showcase to the forefront of the Malaysian and Singaporean art scene.

With specialists that assist in the purchase of any of their art pieces, this gallery also has an arts residency programme in Kuala Lumpur to give an opportunity to local artists to sharpen their skills and fuel their creativity.

17, Jalan Pawang,
Kampung Datuk Keramat,
54000 Kuala Lumpur, WPKL.

Opening hours:
10am-6pm (Mondays to Saturdays).
Closed on Sundays.

4. G13 Gallery

Image via G13 Gallery
Image via G13 Gallery

Arguably one of the most popular art exhibits in Petaling Jaya, G13 Gallery has a wide variety of occupants and tonnes of features by media outlets in Malaysia, including The Star, Berita Harian, and Business Today.

Hosting exhibitions of pieces by developed and skilled artists throughout Malaysia, G13 currently displays the works of over 30 visual artists in their space located in Kelana Jaya. You won't want to miss their upcoming art fairs, exhibitions, and projects set to come in 2022.

Kelana Square, GL13,
Ground Floor Block B, Jalan SS 7/26,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Opening hours:
11am-5pm (Mondays to Saturdays).
Closed on Sundays.

5. MAP @ Publika

Located in the heart of Hartamas, MAP has been a long-standing platform supporting cultural performances and art.

Whitebox and Blackbox are regarded as the main spaces of MAP. While Blackbox is more of the media space that encourages performative art, Whitebox carries a wide array of visual art by different artists.

Spanning 6,000 square feet, the Whitebox provides a space for art and culture to flourish while creating a contemplative atmosphere for audiences of all ages to interact and socialise. MAP has certainly shown their love to all artists around Malaysia by enlightening positive economic and social change.

Level, 1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur,
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours:
10am-6pm (Daily).

6. Nadine Fine Art

Representing art particularly from Malaysia and Indonesia, Nadine Fine Art offers a more intimate and personal experience for art collectors to check out new pieces, and artists to display their work.

Located just off Jalan Kemajuan in Petaling Jaya, stop by the converted bungalow for an art viewing, and an opportunity to connect with like-minded collectors searching for their next piece.

64, Jalan Kemajuan,Seksyen 12,
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Opening hours:
11am-4.30pm (Mondays to Saturdays).
Closed on Sundays.

7. HOM Art Trans

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Image via HOM Art Trans

Seeking to assist and support the development of visual art in Malaysia, HOM Art Trans' primary goal is to nurture the minds of young artists.

With key programmes in mind, such as the most recent 'Young 2022' project, which showcased artwork of local budding artists in ChinaHouse, Penang, their primary residency in Ampang will have you intrigued and enchanted by the artistry many Malaysians possess.

6A, Jalan Cempaka 16,
Taman Cempaka,
68000 Ampang, Selangor.

Opening hours:
11am-6pm (Mondays to Fridays).
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

8. Richard Koh Fine Art

With galleries in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Singapore, Richard Koh Fine Art works towards embracing contemporary art and projecting them on an international platform across Southeast Asia.

Starting a very important conversation, this gallery aims to engage the art community to develop intercultural dialogue over the displayed pieces. This unique voice definitely makes them a standout for modern-day art in Malaysia.

229, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar,
59000 Kuala Lumpur, WPKL.

Opening hours:
Open by appointment only. Visit their website for more details.

9. ZHAN Art | Space

Founded by siblings Desmond and Dr Ginny Tong, Zhan Art showcases international and local pieces in their space in Petaling Jaya.

As of January this year, over 22 exhibitions have taken place in the space featuring more than 80 artists. Creating a platform for both established and new visual artists, Zhan provides a clear and defined space for exposure and awareness.

With over 2,000 square feet filled with art, you might want to stop by and check out the illustrious display.

100-G.025, Block J, The School, Jaya One,
No. 72A, Jalan Universiti 46200,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening hours:
10am-5pm (Mondays to Saturdays).
Closed on Sundays.

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