Fixing the roof: National Art Gallery closed due to major repairs until Oct 2021


The National Art Gallery (NAG) in Kuala Lumpur is temporarily closed until October 2021 for renovation and repairs. Photo: NAG

The National Art Gallery (NAG) in Kuala Lumpur has announced that it is temporarily closed until October 2021 for a major renovation and repairs project.

This project, recommended by the Public Works Department, will include replacing the building’s roof and central air conditioning system.

“This is to fix the water leakage and water absorption problems in our building. This would ensure the gallery’s collections and exhibits are always kept safe and at an optimum temperature,” said Amerrudin Ahmad, NAG’s director, in a media release.

NAG reopened on June 23 after being closed for more than three months during the movement control order (and its extensions) in Malaysia.

Four new exhibitions were put up since NAG's reopening, including Anthony Chan Sai Weng’s From My World To Yours, and Ali Nurazmal Yusoff’s Project A: Last Man Standing.

However, with low visitor turnout in these post-pandemic times, Amerrudin hopes this renovation project will give the NAG building a new lease of life when it reopens next year.

He also adds that NAG programmes will still be organised despite the gallery's closure, focusing art residencies, rural art experiences and post-pandemic recovery initiatives.

NAG's renovation project will not affect any exhibitions and programmes planned at National Art Gallery Langkawi in Kuah, Kedah.

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