Held recently at the Museum of Arts and Craft in Zagreb, Croatia is a posthumous exhibition showcasing the art of national laureate Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 81. The show referred him as the ‘Guru of Colour’ and that in itself is no exaggeration.
The name of the exhibition is ‘Guru of Colour: Pelukis In Zagreb’ which was held throughout the month of June. This show featured the works that were loaned from 3 of the most prominent galleries in Malaysia, namely Galeri Petronas, the Bank Negara Gallery and the National Visual Arts Gallery.
This show featured 4 series of artwork from the artist which was curated by Nurlhaq, his son. Among the works that were on displayed are Sireh Pinang, Self Portrait and Warna Merdeka.
The works of Syed Ahmad in Europe joins the several others recently that include Chang Fee Ming’s first London solo exhibition while the likes of H.H Lim and Amir Zainorin have been actively involved in shows like the Hula Hoop project in Italy’s Spoleta Festival and many others. Apart from that, there is the Start Art Fair in London’s Saatchi Gallery involving 11 artists while the Art Basel in Switzerland saw the ork of Shooshie Sulaiman on show which joins Fai Zakaria’s involvement at the Young Art Europe & Young Art Global show at the Museum of Young Art (MOYA) in Vienna, Austria.