Galeri Petronas, regarded as a major art destination in Kuala Lumpur, has ceased to operate as a public gallery this month following a realignment of its operating model to adapt to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Despite the closure of the gallery’s public space, artworks from the Petronas Art Collection remain available for loan to relevant programmes and initiatives. This is in line with Petronas’ long-standing commitment to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the arts in Malaysia," read a media announcement from Petronas.
Galeri Petronas was set up 28 years ago (it first opened in 1992 at Dayabumi Complex in Kuala Lumpur) to champion the value of the arts to a wider community. It moved to its current location - a circular gallery of 2,000sq m - at Suria KLCC in 1998.
Over the years, the gallery featured countless significant exhibitions, publications and programmes in support of its mission to promote and preserve the Malaysian contemporary arts. It played a vital role in promoting and giving exposure to local talents and their works and hosted many foreign exhibitions to encourage exchanges between local and foreign artists for their mutual benefit.
"Galeri Petronas was also privileged to have collaborated with individuals and institutions that shared the same aspirations and conviction in the role art plays in shaping opinions, instilling values and influencing behaviours of society," the statement added.