The Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Museum and Galeri Tuanku Fauziah recently held an exhibition entitled ‘Reminiscing the 60s and 70s’. The show exhibited 54 works of more than 30 Malaysian artists which was part of the 1MCAT (1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism) 2012 event.
Essentially, the works were showcased and pulled out from the art collection of the university where it was part of the 3 day mini-carnival themed ‘Regeneration’ and as part of the 1MCAT, it was to promote the country into becoming an art-tourism location among visitors.
A conundrum as it might sound, but the exhibition encircled around the theme of modern art but those that were collected around the 60s and 70s which saw a dominant artistic style among Malaysian artists then. Hence the works basically depicted the expressions of the development of economy and politics in Malaysia while exuding the rich and strong cultural heritage of Malaysia.
Among the artists whose works were seen include the likes of Datuk Hoessein Enas, Latiff Mohidin, Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal, Patrick Ng Kah Onn, Ruzaika Omar Bassaree, Chew Teng Beng, Dzulkifli Buyong, Seah Kim Joo, and Zulkifli Mohd Dahlan who are all considered as Malaysia’s great artists in their own accord while the artworks that were exhibited have also been used by researchers around the region as reference points previously.
Basically, the 1MCAT carnival exhibition was focused on the works of artists who were pioneers in their own way and contributed to the development of the Malaysian art scene one way or another and today, they are considered as veterans and are all inspirations and role models for contemporary artists today. Apart from influencing art in many ways, they have also laid the foundation for the new artists to work on which many have taken for granted and often forgotten in time.