Classic paintings to kopitiam cups: Penang Museum launches arty face mask series


Penang State Museum's face mask series features 15 limited edition designs. Photos: Penang State Museum

Bored of the same old surgical face masks? Be different, then. It's time to make traditional culture and classic Malaysian art a more frequent sight in public.

The Penang State Museum has dipped into its permanent art collection and artefact archives to produce a stylish, safe, and artful mask series.

These custom-made washable fabric face masks feature an array of artworks, including a 1980s-era batik work (Lullaby) from Chuah Thean Teng, a landscape painting of Penang Island by Captain Robert Smith, an abstract piece titled Hujan Rahmat from Syed Ahmad Jamal, a 1969 oil on canvas titled Two With A Little Bird from Khoo Sui Hoe and Terpendam I from Syed Salleh Syed Mustaffa.

A visitor wearing a face mask featuring a 1980s-era batik work ('Lullaby') from Chuah Thean Teng, who is regarded as the Father of Batik Painting.A visitor wearing a face mask featuring a 1980s-era batik work ('Lullaby') from Chuah Thean Teng, who is regarded as the Father of Batik Painting.

Artefacts from the Penang State Museum add to the variety, especially with a gold fish kuih bahulu mould, a kopitiam coffee cup design and vintage tiffin carrier flowery motifs to attract the broader masses.

"The designs were inspired from our permanent collection of paintings and artefacts, which will create a sense of awareness and also a sense of belonging to our national heritage in challenging times, to remind who we truly are and where we come from," says Penang exco for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage Yeoh Soon Hin.

The limited edition washable face masks are available in 15 designs, which are available for purchase each at RM20 (excluding postage), either directly at Dewan Sri Penang or contact via Whatsapp (017-7601349) or the Penang State Museum & Art Gallery Facebook page.

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