For over a decade, Wei-Ling Gallery has nurtured the development of Malaysia’s contemporary art scene. With the opening of the gallery’s second space in Kuala Lumpur, Wei-Ling Contemporary, in 2011 and its third space in Penang in 2013, the gallery has established itself as the largest commercial gallery in Malaysia.
The objective of the gallery is to promote and cultivate the best of contemporary art in Malaysia, working with a core stable of artists who are dedicated to their artistic journey and vision. Today, they represent some of the country’s most prominent and important contemporary artists.
The gallery’s program changes regularly with a strong and diversified selection of exhibitions. It has also played a significant role in bringing Malaysian contemporary art to international audiences, taking major exhibitions of Malaysian art to China, India, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Shanghai, Singapore, South Korea and Taipei. The gallery also represents a selection of important internationally well-known foreign artists.
In its mission of fostering local contemporary art, the gallery has also become the largest publisher of art books and catalogues in Malaysia with more than a 100 titles to its name.
In 2014, Wei-Ling Contemporary moved into new premises on the 6th floor of The Gardens Mall in Kuala Lumpur. The new space measures approximately 9,000 square feet and houses two major exhibition areas in addition to an art foundation. The new space aims to build on Wei-Ling Contemporary’s current program of curated exhibitions by local and international artists and hosts up to four major exhibitions a year. In addition to this, the foundation endeavours to highlight works from the collections of selected private collectors over the course of the year to allow the general public a glimpse into works that have left the public eye. It also hopes to create more educational programs that will bring together artists, curators, writers, collectors and art advisors on a platform for art discourse, debate, and discussion. As part of its objectives, the foundation has also created an international artist’s residency,The Wolo Artist’s Residency, in collaboration with the WOLO Hotel, where up to eight international artists are selected to live and work in Kuala Lumpur for two months to realise a project.
Over the last year, in a concerted effort to push the boundaries of art, the gallery’s program has shifted away from exhibiting more traditional art forms such as painting and sculpture to more experimental forms in order to allow artists the opportunity to move beyond their comfort zones and take risks in their practice. This has allowed the gallery to play a more instrumental role in educating the public and bring to the forefront alternative ways of looking at and interacting with art in Malaysia.
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