After 28 years, Galeri Petronas shuts down in KLCC due to the pandemic

A filepic of the launch of Galeri Petronas' exhibition 'MY Story: Transforming The Nation And Merdeka Series: Work In Progress' in 2014.

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.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Galeri Petronas , KLCC , Closure , Exhibition , Art


Next In Culture

Lee Lee Lan, celebrated Malaysian dancer and choreographer, dies aged 77
Homegrown literary arts festival for young and emerging writers of the stage
TikTok time: Art Basel HK welcomes 'art influencers' to its upcoming edition
Watch: Robbie Williams reveals artwork at Sotheby's gallery
Kyiv residents call for iconic Soviet-era monuments to be renamed
'The Neon Hieroglyph' takes a trippy dive into a hallucinatory universe
Why this fund manager paid US$15mil for a painting estimated at US$200,000
Contemporary art to the metaverse: Takashi Murakami's poppy trip
Stream time: Bing Slamet's historic Malaya visit, Sarawak's exotic food heritage
Life, love and levies: Taiwan seeks poet to wax lyrical on taxes

Others Also Read