Location: Jalan Tun Razak
Established In: 1958
Highlights: Permanent exhibition of over 2,500 pieces of
How To Reach: One can easily reach here by hiring taxis, or by
boarding trains, buses from the city.
The Balai Seni Lukis Negara, literally the National Art Gallery of
Malaysia, is one of the most established art museums in South East Asia.
Located along Jalan Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur, it was established on 28
Aug' 1958 under the initiative of Tunku Abdul Rahman-the first Prime
Minister of Malaysia. The Gallery was started with just four donated
works of art in a rented space at the Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman, which
was Malaysia's first House of Parliament.
The National Art Gallery had undergone a long journey to appear as a
full-fledged museum of masterworks. Today, it's an agency under the
Ministry of Culture, Arts, and Tourism of Malaysia. Along with a
permanent collection of over 2,500 pieces of artworks, the National Art
Gallery is sited in its permanent building which was formally
inaugurated on 16 Sep' 2000 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir
Its novel building has traditional designs with touch of modern
architecture. Sprawled in a floor space of 13,000 sq m, the Gallery is
classified into 5 galleries, an auditorium, a café, a resource
centre, an outdoor exhibition area, a creative centre for workshops and
an administrative centre.
Gallery aims to infuse love and awareness for art works amongst the
public. To encourage such awareness, the authorities frequently organize
art competitions, seminars, educational programs, and workshops too.
The Art Gallery, built with aesthetics and functionality in mind,
crafts a room for the preservation, development, exploration and
experimentation of the various facts of the Malaysian art. It's place
where for excellent works of local and international artists are
exhibited in a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions. Being
centrally located in KL, the National Art Gallery is a popular visiting
spot among the locals and tourists, as well.