Cultural Index: What to see and do this week (Oct 7-13)

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

Art Expo Malaysia 2019 will house artworks from 60 art galleries from 15 countries, including this Jeong Seongjoon painting from South Korea's Atelier Aki Contemporary Art Gallery (Photo: Art Expo Malaysia)

These are our top picks for the week of October 7 to 13. For more event listings and reviews, pick up a copy of Options at your nearest news stands.


Magical Music Moments II
Under the baton of music director and resident conductor Lee Kok Leong, the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre orchestra is set to entertain the audience with some of the best-known tunes from the silver screen, including songs from Star Wars, The Lion King, A Star is Born and Aladdin. VIP seats are sold as fundraising tickets to maintain and upkeep the orchestra’s percussion instruments.

klpac, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Sentul, KL. Oct 11 & 12, 8.30pm; Oct 13, 3pm. RM50, RM60, RM70, RM100. Buy tickets here.


Art Expo Malaysia 2019
Art Expo Malaysia (AEM) is back with its 13th edition with the aim of promoting the arts as well as local galleries and artists to the masses. As one of the most prestigious and longest running international art fairs in Southeast Asia, AEM has been a catalytic force in moving the art industry forward and defining standards for curated art fairs.

AEM 2019 will house some 1,500 artworks from 60 reputable art galleries from 15 countries, including A+ Works of Art, Richard Koh Fine Art, Wei-Ling Contemporary, Core Design Gallery (pictured), G13 Gallery and Segaris Art Centre.

Focusing on contemporary, cutting-edge and curatorial art, the fair will be divided into six different highlights: Southeast Asia Art Lab, Southeast Asia Art Now, Southeast Asia “The Artist” Room, Art Town, the Japan Pavilion and Tribute to Living Legend Artist. Each highlight will offer art lovers a refreshing take on art presentation and appreciation. A one-day art talk will also be held on Oct 12, featuring five professionals who specialise in diverse arts.

Southeast Asia Art Lab occupies some 100 sq m of prime space at the entrance of the exhibition hall. Visitors will be welcomed with two installations by local artist Tan Zi Hao and Indonesian artist Mella Jaarsma. Tan will reprise his re-creation of the mythical Hindu creature Makara (pictured) in fibreglass and metal while Mella will present her trademark costume creation, this time, in a work called DiCabut.

MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre, Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, KL. Oct 11-12, 11.30am-9pm; Oct 13, 11.30am-7.30pm. RM12, RM15. Buy tickets here.


Planet Shangri-La
This highly anticipated solo exhibition is a continuation of Malaysian artist Justin Lim’s research into various depictions of utopia. Previously, in Honey Trap Arcadia (2017), Lim referred to Western ideologies. With Planet Shangri-La, he decided to widen his research to include Eastern interpretations, particularly oriental mythology and traditional blue-and-white porcelain. Hence, the series is identified by a distinctive Dutch blue. Lim expresses a strong sense of melancholy in his narrative through his depiction of underwater landscapes, void of human intervention. He hints at a non-human infested world that is probably what an earthly paradise looks like.

Richard Koh Fine Art, 229 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, KL. Until Oct 26. For more info, see here


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