With the loosening of Covid-19 restrictions, we have traveled around the city much more. To keep safe, we look for uncrowded city streets and empty indoor venues. Museums are not popular currently, so it has been a dream to view the exhibits at our leisure, talk to the guards. We have better luck on weekdays keeping social distance, especially in popular museums. Galleries are generally good any time. [As always with the new WordPress, right click the images to view the larger version]
The GMBB, Gamuda Mall Bukit Bintang is a mall with event and art exhibit spaces, a creative community mall as their website says. This artist, Phillip Wong, creates sculptures from everyday materials.
In a similar way the Intermark Mall exhibited new fashions using recycled textiles.
The Fahrenheit88 Mall in Tourist/Shopping district has a marvelous gallery on the top level with interesting displays. A bus ride took us to the Kedai KL Mall near the University. It features boutiques featuring local entrepreneurs.
As I write this entry at the GMBB, local illustrators invited me for a little bit of Hari Raya treats celebrating end of Ramadan Fasting.
They have an exhibit here until the end of May and Congress coming in September.
Back on the street, there is new art popping up all over the place.
The REXKL is a repurposed cinema as a bookstore with art gallery, restaurants, and music venue.
The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia was really interesting. There were only two or three others the day we visited so the galleries were wide open for photos. Really clear explanation and displays on Arabic writing.
In contrast to the Islamic Museum, an early mansion houses the Wei-Ling gallery. Very lively art works along with Exhibit catalogs dating back twenty years.
We’ve been to the Ilham Gallery a couple of times. It’s a smaller space in an office buiding. The lighting and area provide a good space to present works with local appeal.
Although we continue exiled for the good of the realm, the kind and noble government has allowed us to visit some museums. All museums were closed during the State of Alarm in Spain since March 12. Under restrictions of mandatory facemasks, social distancing, and limited numbers, several museums opened in Malaga on May 26. Many of the exhibitions have been curtailed but as the museums experimented, they waived entrance fees. After walking around outside of these museums for a month, it was nice to see the interiors.
I am not a big fan of museums. Many museums exhibit historical artifacts or archaeology housed in windowless shadowed rooms. We found two alternatives in Bratislava, Slovakia that were quite enjoyable. They were open celebrating life and light. Follow the links for further information on the museums. Scroll down to see a few of our impressions.
Bibiana derived from the acronym BIB for Biennial Illustration Bratislava (Bienále ilustrácií Bratislava) has a museum for children with interesting exhibits on illustration. It is found in the heart of the old city across the square from St. Martin’s Cathedral.
Danubiana is a museum of modern art with a large section devoted to Slovakian and regional artists. It is way out of the city following the Danube toward the southeast. We reminisced about the Mark Rothko Museum in Daugapils, Latvia from our trip in 2013.