South-East Asian art to dominate this year’s Art Expo, Malaysia

By TIN Media | Current News Published 2 years ago on 2 November 2019
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The 13th edition of Art Expo Malaysia is back from 11 – 13 October 2019, at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC), Kuala Lumpur. AEM 2019, South-East Asia’s longest-running international art fair will house the most exciting art collections by 60 reputable art galleries from 15 countries around the world. Featuring 1,500 artworks priced between RM1,000 and more than RM1mil, the art fair hosts some of the most promising names in the art world. The 13th edition of the art fair comes with an innovative and catchy tagline: “Contemporary, Cutting Edge and the Curated”, an approach to attract art lovers and collectors alike.

Lee Sinje, the award-winning actress will be at Art Expo Malaysia (AEM) 2019 along with two of her artworks. The organisers are not disclosing on exactly what these artworks are, as this will be the first time these works are shown in the public domain.

AEM co-founder and fair director, Sim Pojinn said “The concept and content of the fair should flow seamlessly with the artists’ energy and soul. We aim to alight the senses of visitors, allowing them to be immersed in, and better appreciate and comprehend, the ‘vibrancies’ of South-East Asian and Global stories through a narrative experience at the fair. The artworks will be visually bold, thought-provoking and will break boundaries,”.

Last year with more than 27,000 visitors for an entire 3-day schedule had chosen the South-East Asian booths and the Japanese Pavilion as their cult favourite attracting a relatively larger number of crowds. This year the estimated projection is between 25,000 to 30,000 visitors over the three days.


Sim Pojinn said, “Based on last year’s success, this year’s fair will have a dedicated South-East Asian curatorial theme and an expanded Japanese Pavilion with participating galleries that have a rich history dating back to 1871,”.


Sim added “We hope to encourage a deeper engagement between the art community and the public. Visitors who have been with us in previous editions of the fair can expect more life-size sculptures, more visually impactful artworks and more engaging content this year. It will also be the first time in AEM’s history to showcase and curate a private collector’s collection. We will be working together with Hady Ang, a Singapore-based collector,”.On Oct 12, a series of public talks, involving gallerists, curators, writers, artists and collectors will be held at the venue.

The South-East Asian triple-header comprises of Art Lab, Art Now and The Artist’s Wall, which will deliver close-to-home programming, while the Japanese Pavilion, will welcome 11 galleries displaying the blend of heritage and contemporary innovation. Other foreign galleries include LSD (Japan), Able Fine Art NY Gallery (US), ATR Gallery (Spain), Galerie Bruno Massa (France), Estyle Art Gallery (Taiwan), Subhashok The Arts Centre (Thailand), Art Serpong Gallery (Indonesia) and J Studio (the Philippines). Homegrown exhibitors include the National Art Gallery, Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers, Taksu, The Art People Gallery, Tiny Rose Gallery, Art WeMe Contemporary Gallery, Gallery des Artistes, Aureo Gallery, City Art Gallery, and Li Chi Mao Art Museum.


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