As Covid Retreats, Malaysian Art Gets Ready to Flourish

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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Udara Era Kini by Amzar.
THE BAKAT MUDA Sezaman ’21 (Young Contemporary Artists, BMS), with its new format of satellite zoning and Art On Site (Seni Di Lokasi) nucleus, should be a game-changer in inspiring works that are more content-rich, better conceived and more boldly structured, and which have a broader nationwide outreach.Since its inception by the National Art Gallery (NAG) in 1974, the highly coveted competition –now for young artists under 35 years of age – has metamorphosed through various formats. Since 2000, it...

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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.