In Search of Old Masterpieces


The works were left like forgotten laundry bags in one corner of the numerous buildings dotting Universiti Malaya’s (UM) sprawling 750-acre campus. Not one, not two, but three – they were found to be significant art pieces done by the great M.F. Husain (1915-2011).

At last count, the UM art collection totalled 200 works by various artists, and was estimated roughly to be worth RM30mil! The M.F. Husains were one rare self-portrait, one street scene and another on figures huddled over a bird-cage – all in a mock Cubist idiom.

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