Typology of Malaysia’s Public Art in Post-Colonial Settings

By Muhizam Mustafa.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The diverse range of visual art in Malaysia today encompasses the culmination of years of intermingling of different cultures. The understanding and interpretation of the art typology in Malaysia which historically has been fostered by the chain of events that have transformed the Malaysian artistic development, the urban landscape and enhanced the aesthetic experience in projecting an image of the city’s cultural richness. Fundamentally this paper focuses on the chronological and characteristic development of visual arts in post-colonial Malaysia in the arena of public art and reviews the historical influences of art within the Malaysian socio-cultural setting.

Keywords: Public Art, Post-Colonial, Malaysia, Southeast-Asia

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.223-238. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.990MB).

Dr. Muhizam Mustafa

Senior Lecturer, School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Penang, Malaysia

Dr. Muhizam Mustafa was a lecturer with the Visual Communication faculty of Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University, with teaching experiences in Hong Kong and in Bangkok before joining the School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang in 2009. His background in Art and Architecture has led him to research on Public Art and its impact on social, political and economic development. He attained his PhD from Birmingham Institute Art and Design, Birmingham City University with his thesis titled ‘Public Art in Malaysia: A Case study of Putrajaya’.

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