KUCHING: Galeri Petronas’ “Pertumpuan: Senusa Sejiwa”, a contemporary showcase featuring 30 selected artworks from the Petronas Art Collection, includes several masterpieces by Sarawak’s own masters.
The three-month exhibition, officially opened by Sarawak Museum Department director Ipoi Datan on behalf Puan Sri Jamilah Anu, wife of Chief Minister and president of Association of Wives of Ministers and Assistant Ministers of Sarawak (Sabati), provides an exceptional and rare opportunity for Sarawakians to witness the interpretation of diverse sceneries through the eyes, brushstrokes and artistic creations of prominent Malaysian contemporary artists, at their home museum, the Sarawak Art Museum here.
The exhibition also celebrates the magnificent natural beauty of Sarawak’s revered landscape and cultural diversity.
In her text of speech, Jamilah expressed her delight with Galeri Petronas’ initiative.
“I am equally delighted and gratified that this exhibition will honour the creative works of some of the state’s most famous and celebrated artists, showcasing the magnificent tapestry of artworks celebrating Sarawak’s revered landscape and diversity of people, flora and fauna captured on canvas through the eyes of Tsai Horng Chung, Bangie Embol, Raphael Scott Ahbeng and Yeo Suh Chan.
“I am confident that visitors to this exhibition will not only regale in the works of their fellow Sarawakians but also take the opportunity to broaden their horizon by admiring the immense talent of some of Malaysia’s most famous masters through the exhibition of a selected number of pieces from the famed Petronas Art Collection.
“Galeri Petronas’ outreach initiative to bring the Petronas Art Collection to Sarawak bears testament to the national oil corporation’s high regard and close relationship with the state and the people of Sarawak,” Jamilah said.
Petronas’ group corporate affairs senior general manager Liz Kamaruddin, meanwhile, said “Pertumpuan: Senusa Sejiwa” represented the artistic gestures of Malaysian landscapes that encompassed the varied and complex layers of readings and interpretations that connect the distant past with the present to create a vision for the future.
“It challenges the spectators to examine the relationship to past histories, geography and politics of the country.
“The exhibition enables the audience, especially the younger generation, to explore the historical, cultural, social and economic developments in Malaysia and appreciate the concerted effort by our nation in promoting the growth and development of the society we enjoy today.”
According to Liz, Galeri Petronas will continue to spread its “Art for Everyone” credo as it believes that the exhibition will nourish the public’s hunger and interest in the country’s flourishing art scene and challenge them to see the world through the eyes of varied groups of artists rejoicing in diversity.
“Nature is never one, its interpretation is always mediated by a cultural framework that observes and challenges,” she added.
The exhibition is jointly curated by South East Asian modern and contemporary art historian and writer, Shireen Naziree, and Galeri Petronas’ Art Collection Unit.
Besides the prominent artists from Sarawak, works by Datuk Sharifah Fatimah Syed Zubir, the late Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal, Ivan Lam, Johan Marjonid, Yong Mun Sen, Yee I – Lann, Haron Mokhtar and Nadiah Bamadhaj are also being showcased.