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Inaugural Kuala Lumpur Biennale to launch in November [Malaysia]

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“The city of Kuala Lumpur is set to join the cultural ranks of Shanghai, Busan, Taipei, Singapore and many more with the first-ever Kuala Lumpur Biennale (KLB) International Arts Exhibition. The National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG) of Malaysia is organizing the event across multiple locations in the Malaysian capital, including the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and National Blood Centre, from November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

The Biennale, centered around societal values, will feature works of art that showcase the five themes of belas, or “be loved”: belas alam (love for nature), belas warisan (love for heritage), belas insan (love for people), belas haiwan (love for animals), and belasungkawa (love for our legendary icons).

First announced in late 2015, the NVAG is aiming to attract 250,000 domestic and international visitors. During the promotion period, an exhibition documenting the “biennale history” of Malyasia was mounted from December 2016 to January 2017, while the organizer’s website currently features a countdown to the event. …”

Read Sonia Yu’s complete report on ArtAsiaPacific.

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