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General Information :  A Brief History of the Art Centre

Bank Negara Malaysia has been actively supporting the growth of Malaysian contemporary art through the collection of works by various Malaysian artists since the 1960s.

In the early 1960s, the Bank sporadically acquired a number of fledgling works of established, as well as young and promising artists. This collection has accelerated to adorn the walls of its building in Jalan Kuching in 1971, and its twin blocks in 1986.

Todate, the Bank has collected over 1,400 art works which are displayed at its office premises and the Art Centre. Although most of the Bank's art collection are in the form of paintings which are produced by a wide spectrum of artists in various media, other art works such as prints, collages, photographs, ceramic and metal sculpture are also part of its collection.

The Art Centre was established by the Bank in 1990 to display some of the best art works under the Bank's collection. The more than 100 pieces of exhibit displayed at the 11,000 sq ft Art Centre include paintings by renowned artists such as Yong Mun Sen, Syed Ahmad Jamal, Ibrahim Hussein, Latiff Mohidin, Chuah Thean Teng, Mohd Hoessein Enas, Ismail Zain, Tew Nai Tong and Khoo Sui-Hoe.

The exhibits displayed at the Art Centre are categorised under Nature and Landscape, Still Life, Architecture, Figurative and Abstract.

The Bank has also been organising art exhibitions annually at the Art Centre. During such event, local artists are invited to produce, display and sell their art works to the banking and financial institution community, art lovers and the general public.