BANK Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery’s latest exhbition, Paint & Ink: Just Add Water is a timely reminder of the devastating impact caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Through the exhibition, visitors are invited to reflect on the contradictory power of water, an element that both sustains and destroys life.
The show is being held to mark the 10th anniversary of the natural disaster.
“The theme is undeniably topical as well as tropical,” said Bank Negara Malaysia deputy governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus at the launch of the exhibition.
She noted that watercolour paintings were “the primary art form in Malaysia in the early modern era, led by the likes of Abdullah Ariff and Yong Mung Sen.”
The exhibition comprises two shows — “Splashes,” an international watercolour exhibition in collaboration with the Malaysian Watercolour Society (MWS), and “ShoutCryRoom,” an installation exhibition by Japanese ink painting specialist Oi Nuen Sprunt.
The first show features the works of 42 members of the MWS as well as 15 internationally acclaimed artists.
The paintings range in subject matter and scope, but are united by the exceptional skill of the artists with watercolours.
Prominent local artist Abdul Ghani Ahmad, 69, also has a piece on display.
“I was inspired by the natural scenery of Kedah and the padi field,” he said, adding that it took him three weeks to complete the piece.
“ShoutCryRoom” by London-based Oi, consists of eight core paintings, other paper works and an installation inspired by the artist’s visit to tsunami-stricken Tohoku in Japan.
Paint & Ink: Just Add Water will be held until Jan 11, 2015, at Level 2 of the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery.
The gallery is open daily from 10am to 6pm.
Admission is free.
For details, call 03-9179 2784.