Located at No.19 Lebuh Armenian, the newly opened Batik Painting Museum aims to showcase the history of batik in Malaysia.
The first Batik Painting Exhibition took place in Penang in the year 1955. This was followed by Singapore in 1956, and Kuala Lumpur in 1957. The exhibitions were highly acclaimed and captivated the imagination of many, especially those involved in the arts. Thus, a new form of art known as "Batik Painting" was born.
There are about 70 Batik Paintings being showcased in this Museum. This includes works by Chuah Thean Teng from the 1950's up until the current period, Over 25 artist are represented including Khalil Ibrahim, Tay Mo-Leong (Dato'), Fatimah Chik, Toya, Koay Soo Kau, Cheong Soo Pieng, Seah Kim Joo etc.The Museum also includes a small section devoted to works by artists from China, Indonesia and Thailand.
|Address:||19, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, Penang.|
|Contact No:||+604-262 4800|
|Operating Hours:||10am - 6pm (Mon - Sun & Public Holidays)|
This Musuem aims to tell the historical story of how this art form began in the 1950's and its subsequent development by a good number of talented artists in Malaysia.
The story began with an artist living in Penang named Chuah Thean Teng (or Teng, Dato'). He was an established artist who was also familiar with the old traditional batik technique of using dye-resist process in making decorative motifs and designs on fabrics. Around the year 1950 he saw the possibilityof combining his artistic talents with his batik making skills to create fine works of art. The idea was new. And although it appeared simple it look him several years of intensive experimentation before he succeeded.
The first historical Batik Painting Exhibition took place in Penang in the year 1955. This was followed by Singapore in 1956, and Kuala Lumpur in 1957, Those exhibition were highly acclaimed and captivated the imagination of the art circle. Thus a new form of art known as "Batik Painting" was born.