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Friday, 07 October 2016 13:00

Thriving Malaysian Art Scene Flies Under the Radar

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was famous for his bold economic vision, and for his intolerance of his opponents. During his 22-year term as Prime Minister from 1981 to 2003, he controlled the media, fired top judges, and detained his opponents, but for the most part, the visual arts escaped his attention. The Mahathir years saw the flourishing of art as a form of social commentary, addressing globalization, rapid development, and more. A new show of 48 works by 28 artists entitled “Era Mahathir” explores the complexities of this period. It is on view until November 20 at Ilham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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