National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur (Balai Seni Lukis)
Location: Kuala Lumpur
|| No. 2, Jalan Termeloh,
Off Jalan Tun Razak,
53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|| +603 4025 4990 / 4026 7000
|| 10:00am - 06:00pm (daily)
The National Art Gallery is located along Jalan Temerloh on a 5.67-hectare land. The gallery
has a unique architecture which is inspired by the traditional Malay architecture and incorporated
with contemporary touch to it makes the gallery one of the most modern art venues in the region.
Under the initiative of the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman,
the National Art Gallery was established on 28th August 1958. The gallery had a humble
beginning of only four artworks which were donated and was housed at a borrowed space
at the Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman before the gallery was located at its current permanent
location. As of today, there are over 2500 pieces of artwork which are permanently
housed in the gallery.
There are also rotation of exhibitions of Asian and international art at the gallery.
Built with aesthetic value and practicality in mind, the art gallery creates space and
opportunity for development, preservation, experimentation and exploration of various
forms of art in Malaysia. It is the hub for the gathering of arts, crafts and cultural
items. Beside the National Art Gallery is the National Theatre (Istana Budaya) which
is the main venue for many local and international performances like musical theatre,
operetta, opera and so on.
The National Theatre was initiated to heighten the standard of performing arts, to
encourage high quality theatre productions, to develop artistic excellence in theatre
and also to cultivate artistic appreciation towards performing arts. Just a short walk
away from the National Art Gallery is the Titiwangsa Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik Titiwangsa).
Here is a place for recreational and outdoor activities. You can also take time to enjoy the
beautiful view and lush greenery while enjoying food which is sold at the edge of the lake.
The easiest way to get to the National Art Gallery is via taxi or driving here. You can
also reach the park via the STAR LRT and stop at the Titiwangsa Station. Upon reaching the
station, you can walk towards the National Art Gallery.