What are the best art galleries in Kuala Lumpur?

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Emma Johnston

Bank Negara Money Museum and Art Centre
The Bank Negara art museum is a well-stocked but under-publicised vault of some of the best art in Malaysia. You may not find the young, adventurous artists but you will see an excellent cross section of the more established names – Ibrahim Hussein, Latiff Mohidin, Syed Ahmad Jamal, Jalaini Abu Hassan and Bayu Utomo Radjikin, among others.

Wei-Ling and Wei-Ling Contemporary
The original Wei-Ling gallery is housed in a narrow shoplot in Brickfields, and displays a rotating selection of young artists – Ivan Lam, Munkao, Anurendra Jegadeva, Chin Kong Yee and many more. Wei-Ling has also recently opened Wei-Ling Contemporary in upscale mall The Gardens Mall. They have a similar stable of artists but a more accessible approach, with bare concrete floors and wide open door for visitors.

A multi-disciplinary space, MapKL consists of the Black Box and the White Box. The Black Box is a bare, black space designed to host theatre and dance performances, as well as talks and workshops. The White Box is an open plan, light-filled space for art exhibitions. In the past the White Box has hosted the regional Henry Butcher Art Auction, and favours in particular young, independent artists who work with alternative media.

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