Gallery Weekend KL returns in November with virtual and onsite event programmes

A print exhibition at G13 Gallery is one of the few onsite programmes in this year's edition of Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Handout

The Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur (GW-KL) returns for its fifth edition in November, with a mix of virtual events and onsite programmes.

This annual event, set up in 2016 by Shalini Ganendra, director of Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, gives participants a glimpse into Malaysian visual art and culture through a series of diverse programmes.

“GW-KL makes encounters with culture fun and accessible for all groups. There is something for everyone. The student, collector, culture vulture, general audiences, artists... everyone.” says Shalini.

The GW-KL 2020 will run from Nov 26 till Dec 6, with over 30 free exhibitions, gallery tours and webinars.

“We will feature local talents showcased by galleries, independent projects, open studios, public and private collections, as well as the famed Luminary programme,” she adds.

In light of the pandemic, most of GW-KL’s offerings will primarily be virtual events, with physical gatherings if allowed.

“We see this as an opportunity to widen GW-KL’s international reach. For the first time ever, the Luminary talks will be held as webinars, enabling global participation.”

GW-KL’s panel of Luminaries, which features top curators, gallerists, artists and educators, is one of the event’s highlights each year.

This year’s Luminary programme surrounds itself with themes of adaptation and change, with sessions titled Balancing The Biennials (Nov 28), Reconnecting, Museum And Gallery Developments (Nov 29), Creating And Curating In This New Normal (Nov 29) and Young Collectors And New Collections (Dec 5).

A virtual programme from Galeri Petronas, a print exhibition by G13 Gallery and National Textile Museum tours in KL have been confirmed.


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