About Balai Seni Lukis Negara (National Art Gallery)
Jalan Tun Razak
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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First To Review: Mitha Bastian
Apr 1, 2010
The idea of establishing the National Art Gallery (NAG) begun in 1954 till 1956 by the Malaya Arts Council headed by Mubin Sheppard (now bearing the title ‘Tan Sri’) and Frank Sullivan. According to NAG’s 1974 -1975 Annual Report and National Art Museum’s 1979 Annual Report, NAG’s Board of Trustees was formed on 3rd June 1958. On August 27th 1958, a two storey building situated at No. 109, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur – adjacent to the first Malaysia’s Parliamentary House (Malaysia was formerly known as the Federation of Malaya) – was allocated by the government to officially place the National Art Gallery Institution. An Ordinance to establish a Board of Trustees for the National Art Gallery was instructed by DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Dipertuan Agong to be recorded in 1959 through Act 516: The National Art Gallery Act 1959.
The establishment and the official launching of The National Art Gallery was officiated by the Prime Minister at that time and who also the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. There was also held an art exhibition in the Dewan Tunku Abdul Ra Save (www.geckogo.com/Attraction/Malaysia/West-Coast-Malaysia/Kuala-Lumpur/Balai-Seni-Lukis-Negara-National-Art-Gallery/#) hman which participated by various artists through out the country for expressing their spirit of consensus and unity through their artworks in the exhibition. Indeed, the establishments of the National Art Gallery (NAG) also signify the recognitions of the government in the nation’s visual art field.
On 13th November 1998, the National Art Gallery (NAG) was moved to its own premise at No. 2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur and launched the Asia’s 13th International Art Exhibition simultaneously. The new national Art Gallery premise was officiated by Y.A.B. Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad (now bearing the title ‘Tun’) on 27th September 2000. Since its establishments, the National Art Gallery has been under several ministries. Among them were Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage and recently under the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage.
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Sep 29, 2008
Those who like to see some art, can go to the Balai Seni Lukis Negara (National Art Gallery). They are specialized in collecting Malaysian art, but they also have modern art. The Gallery is at the Jalan Tun Razak.
Close to the Art Gallery is the Istana Budaya (the National Theater), which is architectonic a very beautiful building ( of course: the Balais Seri is also a very beautiful building). In the National Theater they play Malaysian productions, but also those from abroad.
Near the big flagstaff at the Merdeka Square is a shopping center "Plaza Dataran Merdeka". There's a hall called: "The Actor's Studio". It's a Malaysian Theater, where they perform provocative stage plays.
There's in the shopping complex a music store, where you can buy classic western music, but Chinese music as well. The shop is called: Dama House. Beside buying a music cd, you can have a cup of coffee and you can buy tickets for different plays.
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