A VISUAL feast awaits art enthusiasts once the Lin Xiang Xiong Art Gallery is ready in 2022.
The seven-storey gallery resembling a turtle coming ashore at The Light Waterfront in Gelugor, Penang, will surely become a key attraction for an adventurous and discerning art audience.
It is an effort between renowned artist Professor Lin Xiang Xiong and IJM Jelutong Development Sdn Bhd.
IJM Corporation Bhd chief executive officer and managing director Datuk Soam Heng Choon said the groundbreaking ceremony marked another key milestone for the project.
“Beyond tourism, we hope the gallery will make art accessible by dissolving boundaries between the building landscape, art and the viewer.
“With a strategic location at The Light Waterfront Penang, we are convinced that the art gallery will be a catalyst to engage a wider audience and create a new social focus for the community,
“The involvement of Unesco also lays the foundation for the future growth of the art gallery to become one of Penang’s leading cultural institutions.
“The Penang Waterfront Convention Centre (PWCC) located within The Light City in The Light Waterfront is set to be the largest in the state and a preferred venue for world-class events.
“PWCC will house a 76,000sq ft multipurpose hall, and will complement the gallery to cater to future art exhibitions, conferences and meetings which will involve art enthusiasts and experts from around the world as well as collaborations with Unesco,” he said.
Global Chinese Arts and Culture Society honorary president Liu Thai Ker said the event marked the 50th anniversary of his friendship with Prof Lin.
“Prof Lin has been pushing boundaries to be the best artist and also to generate business in facilitating ideas to push and propagate art across the world.
“Art is created in the service of world peace and there is no national boundaries,” he said.
Liu, who is Singapore’s former top city planner, said Singaporean and Malaysian artists pushed for the establishment of the Nan Yang Tropical School of Arts in the 1940s and 1950s.
“I hope that artists from Singapore and Malaysia can work together to promote the Nan Yang School of Arts in this 21st century.”
Prof Lin, who is also Space Art and Culture (M) Sdn Bhd president, said the art gallery was a dream come true for him to have a gallery of his own.
“I hope that this art gallery can be a platform to organise art dialogues and exhibitions, besides building Unesco relationships to create a peaceful world for humankind,” he said.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow lauded the construction of the art gallery, adding that it will be built with a unique design concept at a strategic location.
A total of 99 doves symbolising the art for peace were released to mark the ceremony.
Also present were Chinese Culture Promotion Society chairman Wan Shi, Unesco Collection Works of Art curator Tania Fernandez de Toledo, state tourism development, arts, culture and heritage committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin and several honorary consulates in Penang.