National Visual Arts Gallery (Malaysia)
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Balai Seni Negara
|Full name||Balai Seni Negara / National Art Gallery|
|Former names||Balai Seni Lukis Negara (1958-1977) Muzium Seni Negara (1978-1980) Balai Seni Lukis Negara ( 1981 -2010) Balai Seni Visual Negara ( 2011-2017)|
|Address||No 2 Jalan Temerloh off Jalan Tun Razak 53200 Kuala Lumpur|
|Location||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Owner||The Government of Malaysia|
|Operator||National Visual Art Development Board|
|Type||Art gallery public art museum|
|Built||own building built by YTL Corporation 1996-1998|
|Opened||officially launched first exhibition 27 August 1958 at 109 Jalan Ampang /own building opened 27 September 2000 at Jalan Temerloh off Jalan Tun Razak|
|Renovated||after 3 September 1999|
|Expanded||2000 Public Art Competition for sculptures in and around the National Art Gallery building|
|Construction cost||MYR40 million|
|Architect||MAA Akitek,Dato' Mir Shahriman|
|Main contractors||YTL Corporation|
The gallery is situated along Jalan Tun Razak, on the northern edge of central Kuala Lumpur. It is located next to the Istana Budaya, which is Malaysia's main venue for all types of theatre including musical theatre, operetta, classical concert and opera from local and international performances. As of today, this art agency , a statutory body under the Ministry of Tourism Art and Culture is simply known as the "National Art Gallery".
The Arts Council of the Federation of Malaya formed by the then senior civil servant Mubin Sheppard in 1952 , had been put to task by the Federal Government 'to encourage and develop a greater knowledge , understanding and practice of the Arts in the Federation of Malaya'. In 1958 the Council was asked to name a committee to establish a National Art Gallery . The working Committee functioned for several years until in 1963 that a newly appointed Board of trustees was convened . The first Chairman appointed was Professor Ungku Aziz and the Deputy Chairman was P.G. Lim.
The first exhibition on 28 August 1958, by Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia as the Balai Seni Lukisan Negara or 'National Art Gallery. The gallery which was established since 1958 ,had thrived for 25 years in a temporary abode at the Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman ,the country's first House of Parliament on the site known today as the Malaysian Tourism Center .
The Balai changed its name to the National Visual Arts Gallery in 2011 with the establishment of the National Visual Art Development Board Act of 2011 (Act 724) the Akta Lembaga Pembangunan Seni Visual Negara 2011.The Balai is also a statutory body and an agency under the Ministry of Tourism , Art and Culture, of Malaysia.
The gallery is accessible via Rapid KL train within walking distance east of Titiwangsa Station. The Mass Rapid Transit or MRT is being developed to improve access to the National Art Gallery , and its neighbors. The MRT SSP line or the MRT Sg Buloh Serdang Putrajaya line is scheduled to be in operation in 2021.
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