Penang State Art Gallery Gets a Windfall of Masterpieces

By Ooi Kok Chuen

December 2020 PENANG PALETTE
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Abdullah Ariff, Tanjung Bungah Village, 1954, Watercolour on paper.
ANOTHER LARGESSE of artworks, 330 in all, has been donated by Datuk Dr. Tan Chee Khuan to the Penang State Art Gallery (PSAG). The magnanimous collection is valued at an estimated RM1.3mil.With this latest tranche donated from 2012 until 2020, Dr. Tan, who is a collector-gallerist-artist and deputy chairman of the PSAG, has donated a total of 432 works over the years, though this time it’s partly a family affair as a few belonged to his children, Chien Li and...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.