Penang State Museum Official Visit

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Posted on: Thu, 2012-05-24 14:55   By: ku_ayu
Welcomed Speech From Puan Intan, NVAG
Viewed of Amron Art Works
Posing in front of Amron Omar Art works
Memory Picture
Trails on Tissue by Amron Omar
Paper Cutting for Amron Omar
Arrived at Istana Negara Lama
Posing at  Place Gate
Write Name on Guest Book
Warga Kerja Meneliti Kad Pengenalan Lama YDPA
Mrs. Curator Viewed The Exhibit
Watch Collection of YDPA
Camera Collection of YDPA
Consolation Collection of YDPA

Fri, 18 May 2012

Beginning their journey at 7am from the Penang State Museum, 21 staff had gone on a planned trip to Kuala Lumpur. After about five hours of travel, they reached the first destination of the National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG).

Our director Puan Haryany Mohamad with six other staff awaited our group arrival at NVAG. We had the curator Puan Intan Rafiza Abu Bakar as our tour guide, and went to visit Amron Omar's solo exhibition entitled “Pertarungan” or Duel. Amron's works were displayed in Gallery 3A and 3B. The exhibition was from Feb 15 to Aug 27, 2012. There were more than 150 selected pieces in the Pertarungan series, arranged chronologically.

Kedah-born Amron Omar has been working on his arts over 30 years. He produces a lot of paintings, drawings and sketches of high quality. “His works are mostly oil on canvas, works on paper and wood as well as 608 pieces of sketches on tissue,” said the curator. She added that the exhibition brings together Amron's works held in the private collections of individuals, educational institutions, businesses, etc. Among those displayed is one of his earliest works from 1970; an oil painting entitled “Silat”.

                                                                                                                         

His arts indeed have a way of drawing in the viewers. Most of them were inspired by the Malay traditions and the Malay martial art in particular, which reflects on the evolving traditional culture of the Malay society. Amron's attention to details produces highly artistic body movement in his paintings. NVAG also feted us to lunch following tour of the exhibition. Puan Haryany then presented a token of our appreciation to the good host Puan Intan.

Our next visit in the afternoon was to the old National Palace where the Malaysian Museum Department was holding a two-month “Raja Kita” or Our King Exhibition, from April 16 to June 15. The exhibition was in conjunction with the installation of the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agung, His Royal Highness Tuanku Al-Mutassimu Billahu Muhibbudin Sultan Abdul Halim Al-Muadzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah. He replaced His Royal Highness Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah. The installation was historic as Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah is the first Sultan to be installed twice as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. His first time was on 21 Sept 1970, for a five-year period till 20 Sept 1975.

                                                                                                 

                                                                                         THE OLD IDENTITY CARD OF YANG MAHA MULIA
                                                                                    SULTANAH HAJJAH HAMINAH BINTI HAJI HAMIDUN

During our visit, the exhibition was getting loads of visitors. We were awed by the “Balai Rung Seri” or Royal Hall as soon as we stepped in. It felt like we were there attending a royal event such as the installation and investiture ceremonies.

The pervasive presence of the royal yellow colour exudes the prestige and sovereignty of the Malaysian royal institution. The exhibition was also nostalgic as the venue was the former official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agung. Interesting segments of the exhibition included a history of the Malay Sultanate starting from the Malacca sultans to the present 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agung. On exhibit were the complete royal outfits, paraphernalia and some personal effects of Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim Al-Muadzam Shah and his queen Raja Permaisuri Agung. The personal items include His Royal Highness' watch collection and the cameras used for his hobby.

Our group of 28 museum staff spent about two hours at the old National Palace and left at 5pm, home bound to Penang. The visit to both places were indeed memorable; in those few hours we were able to learn a lot. The exhibition styles and techniques seen was an eye-opener, and an inspiration for us to ensure that future museum exhibitions are more captivating.

We are most thankful to the National Visual Arts Gallery director general Dato' Mohd Yusof Ahmad and the gallery staff for their generous hospitality. Our appreciation also goes to Dato' Ibrahim Ismail, director general of the Department of Museums, Malaysia and all the others involved in welcoming our group to the “Pameran Raja Kita”.

Here is a couple of “pantun” as closing:

Angin kencang turunlah badai
Seumur hidup cuma sekali
Tunduk kepala jatuh ke lantai
Jari sepuluh menjunjung duli

Tuan puteri pergi ke Rasah
Pulang semula sebelah pagi
Kita bertemu akhirnya berpisah
Diizin Tuhan bersua lagi......

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