A Curation Of Malaysian Art
The Expat|August 2017

A Curation Of Malaysian Art

A brand-new art space has come to Kuala Lumpur, in the affluent suburb of Taman Tun Dr Ismail. Housed in the impressive and eco-friendly KEN Tower, the gallery is so much more than a place just to exhibit artworks. It is a cultural narrative, mainly focusing on local art, reflecting on important and poignant moments in Malaysia’s history through different techniques and mediums.

SPATIAL BEAUTY

Dato’ Kenny Tan, Founder of the KEN Gallery and Group Executive Chairman of KEN, first came up with the idea of creating a gallery as he hoped for a space where art can be shared freely. As an art lover from a young age, as well as an avid supporter of the arts, his own private collection was so extensive that he knew others were probably facing the same issue: too much art and nowhere to show it all. Despite his initial vision of allowing others to share their collections here not coming to fruition (he didn’t feel comfortable in the end being responsible for valuable artworks belonging to others), Dato’ Kenny continued the foray into creating a beautiful and ‘green’ gallery with several individual spaces.

From the outside, both the building and gallery are unassuming. Mid-tall corporate buildings are hardly rare in Kuala Lumpur. But once you are inside, you can tell this is no ordinary building as it is modern, spacious, and bright with lots of greenery, and manages to be classy yet unpretentious.

“The thing that most people comment on when they come into this building is the sheer amount of space. They ask me, why do you need all this bare space in between offices and in the lobby? Actually, visual space is really important and is required so there is no overload on the senses and nothing looks too cramped. We put great amount of thought and planning into creating this green and sustainable building with lots of natural sunlight,” Dato’ Kenny Tan said as we took in the marvellous panoramic view of TTDI and environs from the large floor-toceiling windows covering every wall in his office.

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