Global art project lands in Malaysia


The lobby of Hulo Hotel Gallery is transformed into a riot of colours with some 400 artworks on display under the Imago Mundi (Images of the World): Three Nations Art Show. — Photos: LOW BOON TAT/The Star

THE famed Imago Mundi exhibition has made its way to Malaysian shores, showcasing a unique collaboration between three nations.

Works from about 200 artists from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are the focus of the The Imago Mundi (Images of the World): Three Nations Art Show.

The show is currently on the second leg of its journey after Singapore. The artworks will make its way to Jakarta, Indonesia in either March or April.

Some 400 artworks are on display at The Hulo Hotel + Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, from now until Jan 31.

Making it all happen are artists A.Zaki Hadri (Malaysia), Abu Jalal Sarimon (Singapore) and Antonius Kho (Indonesia).

The trio is continuing the Imago Mundi tradition, which began in Italy and involved 80 countries by the end of 2015.

The global art project aims to promote the knowledge and awareness of art through these artworks.

Spearheading the Imago Mundi (Images of the World): Three Nations Art Show are (from left) Zaki, Abu Jalal and Kho.
Spearheading the Imago Mundi (Images of the World): Three Nations Art Show are (from left) Zaki, Abu Jalal and Kho. 

“The artists had maximum freedom of expression and the only constraint was that the artwork had to fit within a 10x12cm ormat.

“The beauty of having these types of collaborations is learning from each other. This is an avenue for established artists and emerging talents to share and learn new techniques as well as ideas,” Zaki said during the launch of the show at the hotel.

He added that having the pieces displayed at the hotel would allow the public to interact with some of the artists and learn about the pieces.

For Abu, it was a revelation to see the high quality of works among the emerging Singaporean artists.

“Not only was there a good turnout in terms of participation, it was heartening to see the talent and ambition displayed,” he said, adding that about 43 Singaporean artists took part in the show.

For Malaysian artist Ng Chen Seng, 30, his grandmother’s garden provided all the inspiration he needed.

His two paintings, “The Rose” and “The Orchids”, were a big departure from his usual style of painting.

Ng, with one of his paintings exhibited at the gallery. The painting is inspired by orchids in his grandmother’s garden.
Ng, with one of his paintings exhibited at the gallery. The painting is inspired by orchids in his grandmother’s garden.

“I am most comfortable with watercolour but decided to give acrylics a try. It has been interesting talking to the other artists as I usually only put my works up on social media,” he said.

Imago Mundi is the collection of works commissioned and collected by Luciano Benetton on his travels around the world, involving, on a voluntary and non-profit basis, established and emerging artists from many different countries. Benetton is the man behind global fashion brand Benetton Group.

The Imago Mundi: Three Nations Art Show will take place until Jan 31, at The Hulo Hotel + Gallery, 196, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, from 11am to 7pm.

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