|With Leonard during BHF 2011|
My next culture loving friend is Leonard Yiu, the owner of Art House Gallery near Central Market, Kuala Lumpur. I met him for the first time when I visited his gallery in 2010 and I was amazed on how can a Chinese guy from West Malaysia has this strong interest in collecting Borneo arts particularly antiques of the Iban, Orang Ulu and also of Dayak Kalimantan, Indonesia.
His knowledge on Borneo artifacts is very extensive and worth a chat over coffee (don't get intimidated by his reserved character). He is ever ready to tell you his adventures around Sarawak and Kalimantan and relates it to each piece of artifact that he collects along the way.
|Among the collections|
|Vast collection of wood carvings|
|He loves collecting masks|
|Cosy spot by the window|
His objectives in establishing the gallery are:
TO COLLECT AND SAFEGUARD THE HERITAGE OF OUR NATIVE ART OF SARAWAK
TO UNLOCK THE MYSTERY, TO PROVIDE SCHOLASHIP AND DISTINCTION OF THE VARIOUS ANTIQUES AND ARTEFACTS BELONGING TO THE MULTI-ETHNIC GROUPS. NOT ONLY OF SARAWAK AND SABAH, BUT OF THE WHOLE ISLAND OF BORNEO
TO PROMOTE RELATIONSHIP, AND FOSTER BILATERAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE PEOPLES OF WEST AND EAST MALAYSIA THRU ARTS AND CULTURE
TO CREATE THE FIRST( AND PROBABLY THE ONLY) MINI-MUSEUM OF ETHNIC ART HERE IN MALAYSIA
TO EXPAND MY COLLECTION OF ETHNIC ARTS OF THE ENTIRE REGION, TO SHOWCASE AND MAKE COMPARISONS BETWEEN THE VARIOUS ETHNIC IDENTITY OF THE ENTIRE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION
TO PRODUCE WRITINGS, CATALOGUE AND MAKE MY OWN RESEARCH ON VARIOUS NATIVE CULTURES, TO OFFER AUTHENTIFICATION AND EVALUATION TO VARIOUS ETHNOGRAPHIC OBJECTS
OFFER FOREIGN VISITORS A PLACE TO APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND OUR BEAUTIFUL NATIVE ART AND CULTURE.
Please visit him at:
Art House GalleryLot 3.04, 2nd Floor, Annexe Building,
Central Market, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: + 603 203 11468
Open daily: 11.00 am - 7.30pm
For more information please contact
Mr Leonard Yiu (012 - 388 6868) or
There you go...my culture loving friend, Leonard Yiu!