Art Expo Malaysia (AEM) is celebrating its 12th edition in 2018 as the longest-running international art fair in Southeast Asia. It gets better and better, with the unveiling of a curated 1+9 South East Asia Special Exhibition Area (SEA) that offers a different tack to exhibition presentation, appreciation, and the inaugural Japan Pavilion. This year’s art fair will be held at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) Kuala Lumpur, from October 12 to 14. It will feature 65 reputable art galleries from 22 countries, exhibiting some 1,500 pieces of artworks under one roof.
Highlight: Special Exhibition Area
Art Expo Malaysia 2018 has opened a new flank of special curatorial exhibitions focusing on more contemporary or hot-button issues by more socially and politically engaged artists. Wei-Ling Gallery will frontline the Art Project Room in its 100 square metres of space showcasing Chong Kim Chiew, Chin Kong Yee and Chen Wei Ming. Eight reputable galleries including three from Malaysia will provide cutting-edge works. The Malaysian galleries are A+ Works of Art, Richard Koh Fine Art (Zelin Seah) and Segaris Art Centre (Zulkifli Yusoff, Ramlan Abdullah, Jalaini Abu Hassan and Fauzan Omar). The others are Gajah Gallery (Singapore), Subhashok Art Centre (Thailand), Srisasanti Gallery (Indonesia), Eskinita Art Gallery (Philippines) and CUC Gallery (Vietnam).
Malaysia exhibitors’ lineup this year includes the usual past exhibitors and supporters such as Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers, Masterpiece Auction, National Art Gallery, Artemis Art, Aureo Gallery, G13 Gallery, Gallery Des Artistes, Jeth Art Gallery, NN Gallery, Taksu, The Art People Gallery, V’ Art Space etc. This year we will see the strong presence of 8 galleries from Singapore, forming another large exhibitor group following the Malaysian and Japanese bandwagon. They are Art Porters, Art Xchange Gallery, ArtBlue Studio, Gnani Arts, Redsea Gallery, White Space Art Asia, and first-time participants Asian Art Platform, and Mazel Galerie.
In remembrance of the late Khalil Ibrahim (1934 – 2018) vast contribution to the Malaysian art scene, Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers (HBAA) presents Tribute To Khalil Ibrahim, exhibiting early works from the 1960s to 2000s of diverse medium. HBAA booth will also showcase highlight pieces of its coming art auction on October 28.
The 12th edition will still see two great stalwarts who have been with the AEM from Year 1 in 2007, the greatly revered Hong Kong gallery Chit Fung Art known for its authentic Chinese ink masters, and Spain’s ATR Gallery which has made the hugely talented sculptor Jesus Curia a household name in this region.
Among the 23 new galleries will be Trish Gallery (Myanmar), EStyle Art Gallery (Taiwan), Spence Gallery (Canada), NYICAS (United States), and Space 1326 (South Korea), making up 38% of the participants.
On the heels of Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir’s Re-Looking East, the strong show of Japanese participation will see some of the Next Big Names of Nipponserie. The biggest Japanese representation of a total of nearly 40 artists from eight galleries will showcase in a 162 square metres space under the Japan Pavilion. The galleries are Gallery UG, Gallery Hanakagesho, Gallery Ishikawa, Gallery Seek, Gallery Suiha, Hakkendo Gallery, Smart Ship Gallery and Kinosho Kikaku. Notable artists among them following Pop anime and Otaku are Akihiro Fujimoto, Hiroki Yoshida, Yasuhiro Asai, Takeshi Harada, Yoshikazu Hiramatzu, Kunihiko Nohara, Misako Maegaki and Yasuhiro Asai. The Japan Pavilion is sponsored by Warehouse TERRADA, and the official logistic partner is TERRADA ART ASSIST Co., Ltd.
Embassy’s Row of cultural exchange will feature works of artists selected from the embassies of Brazil, Croatia, Ecuador, Italy and Russia.
A two-day Art Talk will be held on Oct 12 and 13, featuring more than 10 professionals with diverse background in the art scene.
Datuk Sim Tiak Choo, Vincent
Initiated a modern artist fair with infrastructures supporting the artists, in 2007. Event organising chairman of 1st Malaysia World Art Tourism Expo 2006. Co-founder (together with Lim Eng Chong) and Director of Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers. Founder-chairman, Yayasan Seni Li Chi Mao. Vice president, Malaysia-China Culture & Arts Association. Committee member, Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce. Committee member, Malaysia-China Friendship Association. Kickstarted the China Pavilion in Art Expo Malaysia since 2010.
Co-founder & Fair Director
Initiated a contemporary art fair with infrastructures supporting the art galleries and art market as a whole, in 2008. Transformed the fair into a sustainable business, which has propelled the local art industry into greater eminence. Instrumental in getting participation of reputable galleries at home and abroad, acquiring sponsorships, bringing structure to the overall organisational system, building valuable connections with specialists and experts from various fields, and forming links with media, resulting in strategic outreach across 62 countries. Publisher of Malaysia Art Gallery Guide magazine.
Came aboard Art Expo Malaysia in 2009. Speeding up and intensifying the strategies in diverse areas, enlarging the pool of collectors, project management, and obtaining bigger sponsorships. Featured in many major media channels, highlighting the uniqueness of the fair and its exhibits. Executive Director of Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers. Judge, art competition; curator, art exhibitions.