Ivan Lam

In December 2014, Wei-Ling Contemporary vacates its present space and moves into new premises on the 6th floor of The Gardens Mall.

This is an exciting move for the gallery as it will soon occupy a space that will measure approximately 9000 square feet and will house 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 will host 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 their objectives, the foundation will also create an international artist’s residency where up to eight international artists will be selected to live and work in Kuala Lumpur for two months to realise a project.

To inaugurate the new space, the gallery will present IVAN LAM: TWENTY, an important survey exhibition which documents 20 years in the career and artistic journey of Malaysian maestro Ivan Lam, and will run from the 1st December 2014 – 1st March 2015.

Over the years Ivan Lam has never ceased to grow, develop, innovate, evolve and take risks in his career as an artist. He epitomizes the essence of a true artist, someone who is willing to push boundaries and experiment in his quest to keep taking his art practice to the next level.

In this survey, 20 years of exploration: Ivan Lam audiences will for the first time be able to witness the artistic journey of one of Malaysia’s most important contemporary artists. Ivan Lam’s work has been exhibited world-wide and have featured at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions. He has been collected by both the National Art Gallery of Malaysia and Galeri Petronas and was the first and only Malaysian artist to be given a solo exhibition at Art Basel Hong Kong’s inaugural fair in 2013 (Art Basel is akin to the Olympics of the art world). He is also the first and only Malaysian artist to have been commissioned by Louis Vuitton to create a painting for their collection.

In bringing together approximately 45 works that span 20 years, one will begin to fully understand where his life path has taken him and how he has evolved into the man and the artist that he is today. From the early light boxes and silk-screens, through to the start of the paintings and their evolution into the magnificent statements that they have become, this survey exhibition will be presented on a museum quality scale and will be the first time that these works will be seen together in one space.

The time has come for an artist of Ivan Lam’s stature, to be given the platform and recognition to demonstrate what defines him as one of Malaysia’s leading artists and this survey exhibition will certainly be one of the most important and defining art exhibitions for 2014/15.

The new Wei-Ling Contemporary will be located at
RT01 Sixth Floor,
The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Please call 0322601106/0322828323 or email weiling.shaz@gmail.com for more information.

Billboard in Kuala Lumpur announcing the exhibition

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As featured in ESQUIRE magazine

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