National Art Gallery Launches Seni Negaraku Exhibition

Published by Samentha James @ 16/06/2017

Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak and Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, along with other officials, after launching Galeri Tun Razak.

The National Art Gallery has officially launched Seni Negaraku, an exhibition under Prime Minister’s Negaraku Initiative, this morning. The exhibition was officiated by the Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, with opening remarks delivered by Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism & Culture.

Seni Negaraku comprises of two ongoing exhibitions, Seni Negaraku Exhibition and Reka Negaraku. Seni Negaraku Exhibition, showcasing in Galeri Tun Razak, is a collection of a total 88 artwork from 72 artist, derived from personal as well as public archives. These artworks, created by artistes such as Abdul Latiff Mohidin, Syed Ahmad Jamal, Ibrahim Hussein, Joseph Tan, Fatimah Chik, Anthony Lau and Georgette Chen, depict the social history of the country along with monumental moments throughout the country’s history. 

Meanwhile, Reka Negaraku exhibition, displayed in Galeri Reka, consists of 36 architectural artifacts and 53 prints centered on daily usage items such as match boxes and prescription labels along with popular culture memorabilia like film posters, magazines, propaganda posters and tourism elements. This exhibition also showcases how Malaysians have changed over the years and how it has affected the country's overall identity.

Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak said: "The rapid development that we are enjoying now must be balanced and move in parallel with our spiritual needs, (which is) through the appreciation of arts and culture. We (should) instil the ‘Negaraku’ spirit in our children as they are the pillars and driving force of the country as we move towards the 2050 National Transformation.” 

During the launch, Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak also awarded the 9 winners of ‘Pertandingan Seni Negaraku’ which involved five million students from 10,176 schools all over the country. The excerpts of artwork of these winners will be displayed at the National Art Gallery. 

Both the galleries will be open to public starting June until October this year, and admission is free.

Dato' Sri Mohd Najib delivering his speech.