Message from Chairman of Penang State Museum Board
YB Wong Hon Wai
am delighted to contribute a message to the publication of Art Book in
conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of Penang Art Society.
The establishment of Penang Art Society in 1953 confirmed the importance of Penang as the
centre in Malaya, During the pre-Independent period, artists were
involved in the formation of various art societies and grouping. Artists
served voluntarily in them. Art activism was seen in 1950s despite the
reality that art appreciation among the lay persons were considerably
low and there were no proper venues for art.
Today, we have a
vibrant art scene in Penang. The revitalization of George Town heritage
enclave can be seen by many art galleries, musical performances and
literary festivals. Murals and street sculptures are mushrooming in
George Town. Modern gadgets and tools like IPad and smart phones have
helped propagating new interests in the street art. Penang has been the
venues for many enticing art exhibition and artworks by local and
international artists and will continue to be the fertile hub for the
art in this region.
I wish to commend the effort by the Penang
Art Society for publishing this anniversary book which document the
development of art in Penang and Malaysia.