Cultural Index: What to see and do this week (Dec 13-19)

A round-up of the best shows in the city.

Ilham Gallery is hosting a tribute exhibition to the late Kok Yew Puah (Photo: Ilham Gallery)

These are our top picks for the week of Dec 13 to 19. For more event listings and reviews, pick up a copy of Options at your nearest news stands.


Sirik-sirik Alas
As a comic in Makyong theatre, Nik Mohd Husyaidie’s work revolved primarily on themes surrounding the forest. Inspired by his experience, the emerging artist reinterpreted and transferred his notion of nature onto 12 canvases. The title of his solo exhibition is derived from a Makyong script he has been working on, where sirik means outskirts and alas means forest.

G13 Gallery, GL13, Block B, Kelana Square, Jalan SS7/26, PJ. Dec 6-18. Daily, 11am to 5pm; closed on Sunday. 013 234 2126.


Suka + Duka
The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat and klpac are collaborating with Muka Space on a multi-instrumental, multi-genre presentation that explores the highs and lows of life, the coming together of friends and the convivial spirit of togetherness. Directed by Ian Chow and Easee Gan, the show will feature eight works that marry original compositions by Chow and Andrew Lim with poetry and writing. Lim, along with Chow, Chong Eugene, Tan Li Yang and Zhafir Muzani will be performing mostly in Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia.

klpac, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Sentul, KL. Dec 17 and 18 (8pm); Dec 18 (3pm). RM38. Buy tickets here.


Kok Yew Puah: Portrait of a Malaysian Artist
Curated by Beverly Yong and Rahel Joseph, this show reflects on the life of the late Kok Yew Puah, who first impressed the local scene as a bold abstract printmaker in the early 1970s, when he returned from his studies in Melbourne. The artist passionately believed in the potential and importance of art-making and artistic exchanges. On one level, the exhibition attempts a portrait of the artist, tracing the development of his practice and ideas through his work and those who knew about his personal history. The show also presents a portrait of Malaysians through the details in Puah’s paintings, which highlight familiar landscapes and architecture.

Ilham Gallery, Level 5, Ilham Tower, 8 Jalan Binjai, KL. Until April 3, 2022. Tues to Sat, 11am to 6pm; Sun, 11am to 5pm. For more info, see here.


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