Local artists should be celebrated instead of being turned away.
If you guys are following the story of a local artist who had some of his works removed
from the National Art Gallery (NAG) recently, then you’d know what we are talking about.
For those of you who are in the dark, here’s a quick recap of what happened.
Ahmad Fuad Osman, who is a prominent figure in Malaysia’s visual arts scene, had some of his artwork removed by NAG, prompting him to accuse the NAG of censorship.
Among the removed artwork included arts that feature prominent political figure and a naked man.
NAG, however, later restored the artwork that were removed from Ahmad Fuad's exhibition following mounting pressure from many quarters.
In a statement, the NAG said a "support programme" will also be held on 21 February involving the artist and guest curator Shabbir Hussain Mustafa.
Free nasi lemak for all
To celebrate, local artists are set to give away free nasi lemak
for breakfast to visitors of the exhibition.
According to a report by Malay Mail
, the free nasi lemak
will be distributed by poet, actor and art activist Pyanhabib, as well as journalist Noor Azam Shairi, to those who visit the National Art Gallery (NAG) beginning 10am on Monday (17 February).
“I have said that if the ‘missing’ artwork was suddenly ‘found’ and reinstated at the exhibition gallery, I and my friend Noor Azam will, humbly without melancholy buy nasi lemak at the gallery cafeteria for the visitors of the ‘missing’ exhibition,” Ahmad Fuad was quoted as saying.
His exhibition titled “At The End Of The Day Even Art Is Not Important” was meant to be a mid-career survey exhibition.
It is open to the public until 28 February, so go catch the it while you still can.