Hindu temples on display at National Art Gallery

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 July 2017: 

An art lover and collector has come forward to share his collection of artworks on Hindu temples for the viewing pleasure of the public at the National Art Gallery (NAG)  here.  The exhibition started on July 8 and ends on July 30.

Titled ‘Sacred Structures: The Journey Continues’, it displays 88 works by 12 Malaysian artists on Hindu temples in Southeast Asia and England from the private collection of Prof Dr Krishna Gopal Rampal.

The medical lecturer of Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences said the collection began 13 years ago when he hired several local artists to create artworks of Hindu temples in Malaysia and Singapore.

“At first we only focused on the Hindu temples around Kuala Lumpur but after that I travelled to other states namely Pahang, Terengganu, Perak, Penang and Perlis to discover more on the uniqueness of Hindu temples’ architecture.

“I brought along those artists during my journeys to those temples and they transformed the beauty of the Hindu temples into artworks.”

He said the 12 artists, whose works were displayed in this exhibitions, were all established artists and known in the Malaysian art scene.

“They include Chong Hon Fatt, Lai Loong Sung, Lee Weng Fatt, Maamor Jantan, Stephen Menon, Tham Siew Inn and Victor Chin, using various methods including pen and ink, water colour, acrylic on rice paper, oil on canvas and photography.

“That the artists, despite being of various races, were able to create such magnificent portrayals of the temples is  testament to the unity of Malaysians.”

NAG director-general Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Najib Ahmad Dawa said there would be more of such exhibitions which were cultural mosaics befitting an international city.

“The public can see how these temples are like and what are the differences through this exhibition.”

The exhibition is open to public from10am to 6pm at Creative Space 3, NAG. Admission is free.

– Bernama

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