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THE MELTING POT OF MALAYSIA: MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY FINE ART AS THE IDENTITY OF A DEVELOPING NATION VIV LAWES Lecturer, curator, author and journalist Wednesday 10 October 2018

Malaysia has a rich and vibrant artistic heritage, yet the country’s first art school was founded only fifty years ago. The first organised system of training before the 1960s came from the Chinese art societies that were founded in colonial Malaysia, inspired by the pre-war model of the Penang Impressionists. Malaysia is now seeking to make its mark on the international art world with a developing infrastructure and sense of artistic identity. This lecture traces the history of Malaysian fine art practice to include styles such as post-Impressionism and the celebrated expressionism of masters like Latiff Mohidin and Syed Ahmad Jamal, unique forms of expression such as batik painting, the New Scene movement of the 1970s to the Malay-Islamic formulation that dominated the 1980s, and ending with the pluralism of the last 20 years.