Galeri Khazanah's new virtual art project celebrates the Malaysian story


The 'Time Together: Exploring Art Through Khazanah Nasional Berhad’s Collection' virtual exhibition features 57 artworks by 29 Malaysian artists. Photo: Handout

Khazanah Nasional Bhd has rolled out its virtual art project Galeri Khazanah, which introduces viewers to the online exhibition Time Together: Exploring Art Through Khazanah Nasional Berhad’s Collection.

With the click of a mouse, Time Together lets art lovers wander and discover 57 modern and contemporary works produced by 29 Malaysian artists (a multi-generational selection) in five thematic virtual reality spaces - the Lobby, Traditional House, Peranakan, Pavilion and Glass Room.

The works presented come from a diverse cast of artists, including Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal, Datuk Ibrahim Hussein, Khalil Ibrahim, Latiff Mohidin, Datuk Sharifah Fatimah, Yusof Ghani, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Anurendra Jegadeva, Kow Leong Kiang, Yee I-Lann, Fauzul Yusri, Liew Kung Yu, Haffendi Anuar, Ajim Juxta and Azam Aris.

Galeri Khazanah is an initiative by Khazanah Nasional Bhd to showcase its private art collection, which consists of drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, crafts, historical objects, and cultural artefacts to a global audience.

"By leveraging our unique position to represent Malaysia in global markets, we hope that the virtual art gallery will be impactful in sharing our cultural heritage and beautiful stories of our diverse nation to the world," outlines a statement by Datuk Amirul Feisal Wan Zahir, Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s managing director.

Time Together, curated by Malaysian art consultant Sarah Abu Bakar, will run until December this year.

The exhibition was designed by architecture firm Fei Architect, and photographed by Wesley Wong of Giclee Art Sdn Bhd.

To soundtrack the virtual walkabouts, the evergreen piece Lenggang Mak Limah has been arranged by Ahmad Muriz Che Rose, with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra performing the tune.

This virtual art project is also in memory of Mohd Suhaimi Ahmad, an independent art advisor and collector, who died in November 2021.

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