Alma Mater to Master Artists

By Ooi Kok Chuen

November 2017 PENANG PALETTE
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Choong Kam Kow. Vitalizing the Qi-4 (Fit For Life 23 - Taiji Series 20). 2013. Acrylic. 122cm x 122cm.
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One has to wonder how much poorer the Malaysian art scene would be without the Malaysian Institute of Art.“Here’s looking at you, kid.”This stirring toast by Rick (Humphrey Bogart), from the 1942 Hollywood classic Casablanca, could well go to the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) now that it is celebrating its golden anniversary.It is an amazing feat for the institution – founded as a non-profit private higher art education provider by Chung Chen Sun in 1967, when it had only...

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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.


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