Ilham Gallery: Malaysia

The best thing about travelling is learning and experiencing different culture. When we visited Malaysia for days we have learned the difference and similarities of it with the Philippines and Ilham  contributed a lot in our understanding about the Malaysian culture, arts and politics.
We were able to visit the Era Mahathir exhibition when we went there. This exhibition featured arts about the Malaysian development and Political icons in 1980s – 2000s. This includes the rise of KLIA and the famous Petronas Twin Towers.

Website excerpt:
About the Exhibition

The Mahathir era (1981 – 2003) was a transformative period for the visual arts in Malaysia, a period which saw the re-emergence of the figurative in producing socially relevant art.
During the 22-year administration of Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the country underwent a transformation from an agrarian nation to a largely industrial one. The landscape of the country was forever changed with new infrastructure and development projects including the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and the network of highways which connected urban and rural centres all over the country. At the same time, Malaysians were imbued with a burgeoning sense of self-confidence which epitomised the “can do” spirit (‘Malaysia Boleh’) of those times. His policies transformed the physical, political and social landscape of this country, the effects of which are still felt today.


Personal Experience: The lady in the front desk was very helpful and approachable when we arrived. Knowing that we are tourists, she told us about art related events in Kuala Lumpur and how to participate in those events. She was also strict about the exhibition especially touching them, which for me is understandable. 

They also have a reading section in it. So if you want some quiet time, you can definitely have it there.

Visit the Place if you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur. Admission is free and for sure you’ll learn more about arts, Malaysian culture and beyond. 

Ilham Gallery |  IB Tower Gallery SDN BDH. Levels 3 & 5.
Ilham Tower,  #8, Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 11am – 7pm, Closed on Mondays.

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Great job, Steve. I feel like I went to that Era Mahathir exhibition with you. The photos captured the feel of the place and I really like that quiet reading room! You are so great at photography and always entertain me!

  2. Hahahaha, thanks for introducing this to me. I must find time to visit this place.

  3. ooo, you were in KL! this is a fascinating and enlightening post – i've walked past ilham tower several times, but i've not been to the gallery! 🙂

  4. Nice exhibition. Have a happy new week!

  5. Nakapunta ka na rin ng Malaysia. 🙂 Good for you.

    I also visited Malaysia about 2 years ago and I enjoyed the place.

    Please keep on posting about your adventures in Malaysia.

  6. Awe, i always appreciate your great comments Mary! This is such a quiet place indeed! 🙂

  7. You should! the place is free and is now introducing a new exhibition!

  8. haha, yup i was there! Yup, visit the place, they are opening a new exhibition. UGH! we should have met!

  9. Yup last year, this is gonna be a series post, nainggit kasi ako sayo e. ahahha. Biro lang, Were off to Thailand this year too!

  10. I love visiting galleries because of the important facts they old. Great to see you enjoying your time there!

  11. True that! And that's what i love about museums, the artistry, the story and the learning you can get from it. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

  12. ILHAM in Malaysia looks interesting. There are so many interesting exhibitions out there. Glad you had fun!

    Nancy ♥

    1. Thanks Nancy! It was really great and i’m happy that this is one of the nice museums i’ve seen in its contemporary style!

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