Media Releases - 2016


The Resilient Spirit of Malaysian Artists Celebrated at GALERI PETRONAS

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 September 2016 – GALERI PETRONAS yesterday launched its latest exhibition, “CROSSINGS: PUSHING BOUNDARIES”. This exhibition showcases the artworks by 15 Malaysian artists on their artistic interpretation of world issues and events shaped by socio-economic and political development of the 1970s up to present times.

Speaking at the exhibition launch, PETRONAS Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan said, “CROSSINGS: PUSHING BOUNDARIES is a testament to PETRONAS’ long-standing commitment in promoting Malaysian talents by cultivating creativity of expression, innovative ideas and critical thinking through art.

Tan Sri Sidek added, “Through CROSSINGS: PUSHING BOUNDARIES, we are able to traverse Malaysian contemporary art at a global front. Images born in response to the artists’ spaces and surroundings, and their interactions with the environments around their subjects of gender, landscape, pop-culture and the broader social-cultural ecosystems, showcase the artists’ work in global and universal terms. In this respect, artworks featured in this exhibition are visual statements on issues confronting humanity”

Curated by acclaimed writer of Southeast Asian art history, Shireen Naziree, the exhibition seeks to explore the theme of internationalisation and diaspora through the eyes of the artists who have worked internationally and have embraced the changing pace of global contemporary art. 

Among 15 artists showcased in this exhibition are Ali ‘Mabuha’ Rahamad, Anuar Rashid, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Chang Fee Ming, Chong Siew Ying, Dolly Unithan, Eng Tay, Ahmad Fuad Osman, Hayati Mokhtar, Khoo Sui Hoe, Nadiah Bamadhaj, Sabri Idrus, Roslisham ‘Ise’ Ismail, Wong Perng Fey and Latiff Mohidin.

Also present at the launch was PETRONAS Senior General Manager, Group Strategic Communications, Puan Zahariah (Liza) Abdul Rahman.

The exhibition is open for public viewing at GALERI PETRONAS which is located at Level 3, Suria KLCC from 6 September until 30 October 2016. Admission is free.

For more information, kindly contact:

​Lim Wei Wen
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Izrin Haryati 
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Mohd Rafie
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GALERI PETRONAS is located at Level 3, Suria KLCC. It was established by PETRONAS with the aim to promote, develop and preserve contemporary art in Malaysia by providing a versatile, world-class platform for Malaysian and international artists to display their works and inspire industry thought leadership. 

GALERI PETRONAS has received almost two million visitors since it opened its doors to the public in 1992 hosting numerous local and international exhibitions. GALERI PETRONAS aims to make art accessible, enjoyable and engaging to the public and will continue to enthrall audiences with exciting exhibitions and public programmes.

GALERI PETRONAS is open from Tuesday – Sunday, from 10:00am – 8:00pm.