Art Galleries in Malaysia
Art Galleries
Are you an art aficionado? Dive into the world of colors in these boundary-pushing

art galleries in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur is a sophisticated capital city with steel-clad skyscrapers, scores of shopping malls, lavish dining stations, burgeoning nightlife, and plenty of things to do . But it’s not just all glam and glitter, party and dance; the capital has a lot in store for the art-buffs in you. There is a line-up of galleries and museums, which are a true testament to the abundance of talent in contemporary and traditional Malaysia.

It’s a wonderful experience to feel the emotions of the artists, illustrators, or muralists who have put their imagination into a burst of colors on the canvas. Be it the emerging contemporaries or the in-depth abstracts — it’s like a feast to the eyes and senses.

Scour through the list of the leading art galleries in Kuala Lumpur where art comes alive:

1. National Visual Arts Gallery (Balai Seni Negara)

Roofed under a blue glass pyramid and housing a myriad of paintings, sculptures, and textiles, visiting this place is one of the free things to do in Kuala Lumpur . It is an official venue for the country’s exhibitions, educational programs, and workshops. Kuala Lumpur’s most popular gallery fosters a pool of artworks by both international and local names, sharing permanent and temporary pieces of art across three floors. Take your imagination on a marathon run as you immerse in the most daring art collections scaling from contemporary to traditional to experimental.

Location: No. 2, Jalan Temerloh, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur

2. Richard Koh Fine Art

Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

Plan your exhilarating cultural day at a private Kuala Lumpur art gallery. Founded in 2005, Richard Koh Fine Art aims to flourish the artists’ careers through periodic exhibition cycles. With attention to modern works, this gallery is a stepping stone toward making the Southeast Asian arts renowned globally. Besides sharing space in KL, Bangkok, and Singapore, it also joins hands with other galleries to expand its collection. They have paintings like Resistance, 2020, and Valley of Astonishment up for sale.

Location: 229, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur

3. Ilham Gallery

Another famous art gallery in Kuala Lumpur nurtures the development of Malaysian art from all times. This Southeast Asia gallery boasts notable and diverse masterpieces at exhibitions and educational public programs. Visitors can buy souvenirs from the gift shop in the form of exclusive prints and books. It is good to be inspired by great minds and get resources for your next big art project.

Location: Levels 3 and 5, Ilham Tower, 8, Lrg Binjai, Kuala Lumpur, 50450

4. MAP @ Publika

Following a strict selection process, the sheer breadth of art hanging on the walls in MAP is phenomenal. Visitors can browse two areas: the 6,000-feet White Box which has an array of exhibitions and the 250-seat Black Box which is the latest media space. It is not restricted to paintings, and the guests get to interact with works from multi-disciplinary arts. The gallery also hosts several events, auctions, theatre shows, music gigs, and award shows in the Hartamas area.

Location: 1, Jln Solaris Dutamas, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

5. HOM Art Trans

HOM Art Trans Kuala Lumpur HOM is a cheerleader for all the new, aspiring, and budding artists. It is an independent running art space in Kuala Lumpur with a popularity span across Southeast Asia. Under its initiative to promote prospective artists, there are artist residencies and grants organized, such as the Malaysia Emerging Artist Award. Programs like The Residency, The Art Fund, and The Art Award are also arranged by HOM. So, if you are someone who wants to look at quirky art archives, head here with a prior appointment.

Location: 6A, Jalan Cempaka 16, Taman Cempaka, 68000 Lumpur

6. Wei-Ling Gallery

Walk into the Wei-Ling Gallery that is founded in 2002 and established to support and encourage Malaysian culture and its contemporary artists. Nestled in a pre-war building, the area is one of the oldest settlements in the city. From photography and prints to architecture and paintings, skim through the exciting range of artworks as you wander over the wooden flooring. Representing foreign artists, the gallery has held over 95 exhibitions to date.

Location: 8, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur,

7. G13 Gallery

G13 Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Looking for arts that have depth and take you into another world? Whether you are an art enthusiast, collector, admirer, or critic, this gallery will keep you enchanted and engrossed in the vibrant display. G13 has been known as an active participant in several regional fairs and exhibitions. Thanks to its cross-border alliances, it can promote the artists to an appreciable level who have potential and flair.



Location: Kelana Square, GL13, Ground Floor Block B, Jalan SS 7/26, 47301 Petaling Jaya

8. Vallette Gallery

Bringing a selective yet huge collection of arts to the masses, Vallette Gallery is an engaging venue for art exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur. Not just complete dedication to local artists such as Rafiee Ghani, the art complex also offers a platform for the showcase of contemporary art by international artists. The gallery goes the extra mile to expose Malaysian artists to a global circle, including France and other parts of Europe.

Location: Lorong Kemaris 5, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

9. R A Fine Arts

The art gallery in Kuala Lumpur that has been on wheels over the decade, R A Fine Arts was opened in 2007 and has moved to several locations ever since. It is a quintessential-looking and exclusive consultancy gallery built to raise awareness of Malaysian and Asian arts and artists. It focuses on intra-regional cultural awareness and creative excellence through both modern and primitive artworks. In such a healthy environment, it is wonderful to catch a glimpse of creativity in this world.

Location: A4-1-3A, Block A4, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480

10. Galeri Taksu

Introduced to the public in 1989, Taksu Kuala Lumpur is one of the best-rated contemporary art galleries that pats the back of both veteran and emerging artists. Intimating a home-like ambiance, the gallery is one of the oldest in the industry. It is an ecstatic experience to stroll through and sit down in the gallery’s domestic environment. You can picture what your living room would look like with these carpets and paintings.

Location: 17 Jalan Pawang, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 54000 Kuala Lumpur

Conclusion

No wonder these art galleries in Kuala Lumpur have been one of the favorite tourist attractions. The Malaysian art scene has been captivating art lovers and patrons. So, if you are someone who wants to go offbeat in Malaysia, you must duck into these galleries once in a while.

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Aanchal is a writer by profession and an avid foodie. She loves travelling, exploring and adding cherished experiences to the book of life.

  • 10 thoughts on “Art Galleries in Kuala Lumpur That You Need to Visit
    1. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      I have been to a few of the art galleries mentioned here, but want to explore the rest. Among the ones I have seen, National Visual Art Gallery and G13 Gallery are my favorites.

    2. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      I always love to check out the work of local artists when visiting a new place. Definitely visiting one of the art galleries mentioned here.

      • Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

        All the art galleries mentioned here are filled with some great talent. We hope you have a good time exploring them.

    3. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      I never knew that Kuala Lumpur has so many art galleries. For an art lover, this is a gold mine. Planning to visit all of these during my trip in a couple of weeks.

    4. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      I would love to visit the National Visual Arts Gallery. Is it open throughout the week.

    5. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      This is a great list. I would love to visit a few of these during my next visit to Kuala Lumpur.

      • Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

        Thank you for your words. Yes, do visit, and we are sure that you will be bowled over by the talent at these places.

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