Artistic Side of Kuala Lumpur

Aesthetics is part of any culture; and in Kuala Lumpur, it plays a great role in honing the beautiful heritage of the city. Though we are already in the modern age, art is not just displayed in the architectural designs of shopping malls, offices and hotels in Kuala Lumpur. With the existence of art museums in the city, tourists can discover what traditional art is all about.

The National Art Gallery
The National Art Gallery

For a better understanding of the aesthetic background of Malaysia, one has to pay a visit to the Craft Complex in Jalan Conlay. It is museum which displays a very wide array of Malaysia crafts, portraying the very rich heritage of the nation.

Known as the Kompleks Budaya Kraf to the locals, this museum features exclusive Malaysian handcrafts including silk kaftans, bathrobes, silverware, pewterware, glassware, pottery and more.

The Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex is located in an area which boasts lush gardens. It is divided into four main blocks: Craft Museum, where the exhibits are showcased for viewing; the Craft Village, where craft demonstrations and interactive sessions take place; the Artists’ Colony, where the artworks of renowned Malaysian artists are displayed; and the Karyaneka Craft Boutique, where visitors may buy keepsakes and souvenirs.

The museum is indeed a landmark and it plays a great role in honing the aesthetical value of Kuala Lumpur. It is managed by the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation which is a statutory body of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage.

Another interesting destination to provide Kuala Lumpur accommodation – in an aesthetic sense – is the National Art Gallery.

The National Art Gallery is an art museum which aim is to defy the fact that not many appreciate art as not many understand the meaning sent out by the pieces of artworks created by artists. Through the establishment of the museum, people are expected to learn how to love aesthetics and be aware of the preservation, development, exploration and experimentation of Malaysian Art.

The National Art Gallery of Kuala Lumpur, or the Balai Seni Lukis Negara, is located along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, overlooking the Railway Station. It was established in 1958 and operations started with only 4 donated artworks on display.

But now, it features more than 2500 artworks which include ceramics from the early 1900’s; Chinese ink paintings from 1964; drawings and water colour arts dating from the 1950s to the 1980s; and antique wall fixtures.

The National Art Gallery is divided into five sections: Creative Gallery, Workshop, Resource Center, Auditorium, and the Administrative Center. It is housed on a building constructed on 1932, which features a very unique architectural design. One striking feature of the facade is its roof which displays a combination of tinted glasses and metal.