Mesmerising: Nazri looking at a painting on display at the Inspirasi Alam and Malaysia Rupawan exhibition in Hotel Pullman KL here yesterday. The expo is part of 1MCAT.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is known as a shopping haven among tourists, but holidaymakers will be able to take in more than just fashion and food during the remainder of Visit Malaysia Year 2014.
The 1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival (1MCAT) invites visitors to indulge in their artistic side during their stay, and take home art and craft by Malaysian artists as souvenirs.
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the artwork at the festival bore testimony to the unique Malaysian experience, enriched by the country’s diverse backgrounds and personalities.
“It is a fact that Malaysia has many talented, homegrown artists who paint beautiful contemporary art pieces.
“We hope to encourage tourists to discover and invest in our local artworks,” he said before launching the festival at Hotel Pullman KL yesterday.
Although the festival was hosted only in Kuala Lumpur over the past four years, Mohamed Nazri said this year it would go nationwide in conjunction with VMY2014.
“There will be activities and exhibitions held in all states at certain periods from now until December, so foreigners who visit any state in the country can still buy some of the local artwork at their holiday destination,” he added.
This year’s festival presents works by over 20 local artists which contain nature-inspired elements with a good representation of the country’s unique natural beauty and culture.The main exhibition – Inspirasi Alam and Malaysia Rupawan – is in Hotel Pullman KL from today till September. There will be other exhibitions later in the KL Performing Arts Centre and Vivatel Home shopping centre as well as the National Art Gallery.