September 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm
This year’s Malaysia Day was celebrated on a grand scale, unlike the years before. Various activities were held by many organisations, including state and the federal governments, as well as other entities, all united in the celebration of the country that we live in. Chief among the celebrations was MASiF 2011 – the Music, Arts, Style, International Festival – at Suria KLCC. Among the highlights of the festival was an art exhibition at Galeri Petronas which has recently come to a close entitled Fusion of Passion.
So for those of you who were not in Kuala Lumpur during this year’s Malaysia Day and missed out on the exhibition, here is what Fusion of Passion was all about. The exhibition is a tribute to the diversity of the country and to show how differences can be celebrated and not feared. The exhibition strove to gather a number of artists and artwork assembled within one gallery to symbolise the fusion of various passions, and the diversity of artistic passion was shown in the depth of the works of fine art, sculpture, photography and illustration. Both established masters and emerging artists were given equal opportunity to showcase their work, so that the audience would better appreciate the true worth of the country.
The diversity of art in the exhibition acted as a reflection of what it means to be Malaysian, the respect and pride, and our own interpretation of what makes us Malaysians. Each work of art in the exhibition is an expression of the artist’s feelings and views towards Malaysia. This is interesting as it mirrors our perception about fellow Malaysians, as there will be times when we disagree with the artist’s vision, but there will definitely be times when we share and emphatise with what we see. The exhibition strives to use art to bring an understanding in ourselves about the society we live in, and the people we share this country with.
And although there is a deeper meaning in this exhibition, the many different pieces that make up this collection come together to create a harmonious and pleasant experience even for those of us who feel we do not understand art.