Art Expo Malaysia 2019



11 October 2019 - 13 October 2019
MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC)

For Art Expo Malaysia 2019, A+ Works of Art will create two presentations. The first will offer insights into the world of collecting art by showcasing a selection of artworks from across Southeast Asia in a presentation inspired by research into how a number of major art patrons in Malaysia acquire, display and curate their own collections. Collectors play integral roles in every arts ecosystem, whether in Southeast Asia, or Western Europe; they can provide invaluable support for artists and the galleries that represent them. While the A+ presentation will not feature specific artworks from any collectors, works from the artists collected by some notable Malaysian patrons will be represented at the A+ booth in Art Expo. The aim is to provide a back-end perspective of the world of collecting art and to offer Art Expo audiences a glimpse into some of the more personal factors that drive the country’s major art patrons. 


The other presentation by A+ in Art Expo will pair recent works from acclaimed artist Mella Jaarsma from Indonesia and emerging artist Tan Zi Hao from Malaysia. The artworks of Tan and Jaarsma both take up the theme of transcending the cultural confines that constrain contemporary societies. 


Mella Jaarsma has become renown for her complex costume installations and her focus on questions of cultural and racial diversity, which are often embedded within our clothing, bodies and food. Born in the Netherlands in 1960, she left to study at the Art Institute of Jakarta and the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta in the 1980s, and has lived and worked in Indonesia since. In 1988, she co-founded Cemeti Art House (with Nindityo Adipurnomo), one of the first spaces for contemporary art in Indonesia, which, to this day, remains an important platform for young artists and art workers in the country and region. 


Tan Zi Hao is a multi-disciplinary artist who works predominantly in installation and performance art, Tan’s works often explore language, multilingualism, and linguistic ideologies in text-based installations. Tan completed his BA in International Communications Studies and his MA in International Relations at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, and he is currently pursuing PhD in Southeast Asian Studies in the National University of Singapore. Tan is also a designer, researcher, writer, and a frequent commentator on issues pertaining to cultural politics and language. 


Art Expo Malaysia 2019

Art Expo Malaysia 2019

11 October 2019 - 13 October 2019
MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC)

For Art Expo Malaysia 2019, A+ Works of Art will create two presentations. The first will offer insights into the world of collecting art by showcasing a selection of artworks from across Southeast Asia in a presentation inspired by research into how a number of major art patrons in Malaysia acquire, display and curate their own collections. Collectors play integral roles in every arts ecosystem, whether in Southeast Asia, or Western Europe; they can provide invaluable support for artists and the galleries that represent them. While the A+ presentation will not feature specific artworks from any collectors, works from the artists collected by some notable Malaysian patrons will be represented at the A+ booth in Art Expo. The aim is to provide a back-end perspective of the world of collecting art and to offer Art Expo audiences a glimpse into some of the more personal factors that drive the country’s major art patrons. 


The other presentation by A+ in Art Expo will pair recent works from acclaimed artist Mella Jaarsma from Indonesia and emerging artist Tan Zi Hao from Malaysia. The artworks of Tan and Jaarsma both take up the theme of transcending the cultural confines that constrain contemporary societies. 


Mella Jaarsma has become renown for her complex costume installations and her focus on questions of cultural and racial diversity, which are often embedded within our clothing, bodies and food. Born in the Netherlands in 1960, she left to study at the Art Institute of Jakarta and the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta in the 1980s, and has lived and worked in Indonesia since. In 1988, she co-founded Cemeti Art House (with Nindityo Adipurnomo), one of the first spaces for contemporary art in Indonesia, which, to this day, remains an important platform for young artists and art workers in the country and region. 


Tan Zi Hao is a multi-disciplinary artist who works predominantly in installation and performance art, Tan’s works often explore language, multilingualism, and linguistic ideologies in text-based installations. Tan completed his BA in International Communications Studies and his MA in International Relations at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, and he is currently pursuing PhD in Southeast Asian Studies in the National University of Singapore. Tan is also a designer, researcher, writer, and a frequent commentator on issues pertaining to cultural politics and language. 


Art Expo Malaysia 2019