Batik Painting Museum Penang, Penang Island

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Batik Painting is widely identified as a unique art form of Malaysia in the art world.

With 80 paintings and 25 artists represented, 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.

General admission: RM 5

Special admission:

Children: RM 1

Students: RM 2

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.

The story continues with many other Malaysian artists (included Singapore) taking up the challenge to embrace this new medium of art. New innovative techniques were evolved resulting in many rich and diversified styles of works being created.

There are 80 Batik Paintings being presented in this Museum. They begin with Teng's early works done in the 1950's up until the current period. Over 25 artists are represented. The include Khalil Ibrahim, Tay Mo-Leong (Dato'), Fatimah Chik, Toya, Koay Soo Kau, Cheong Soo Pieng, Seah Kim Joo etc.

A small number of artists in other countries also take up Batik Paintings. This Museum includeds a small section devoted to works by artists in China, Indonesia and Thailand.

Batik Painting has come a long way since its inception some 60 years ago. Many artists in Malaysia have dedicated themselves to the struggle of the establishment of this beautiful medium of art. This Museum is proud to present their works for viewing, and at the same time pays tribute to them for their highly significant contribution to art.
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  • Really insightful experience, for art appreciators. It is a museum of exquisite art pieces by famous artists, meant for viewing purposes - the exhibited paintings are not for sale, though there are...  more »
  • This is a private collection of amazing batik designs. There are artists from all of asia represented. I bought a beautiful design, however there are very few for sale so if you are shopping for...  more »
  • Well, if in Georgetown; you certainly want to walk Armenia St. And so might as well see the Batik Art Museum. Only less expensive ones for sale. Looks like a regular painting but it … Really nice...  more »
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  • Good place to learn about Batik painting. And also good place for refresh with art during the trip. There are 3 stories in this museum and many art works to enjoy.
  • Nice local batik paintings. Clean and neat. Plus, nice guidance and explanation from the shop keeper.
  • This is a wonderful exhibition of late 20th century Malaysian batik art. I saw far better modern art here than at any other gallery in Malaysia! Really inspiring!
  • Great look at a variety of different batik styles and artists. Some of the paintings have an incredible level of detail and intricacy.
  • A small spot with various batiks dating from 100 years ago. More of a gallery, but it's worth a visit if you like this art. An older man was working and was very happy to explain the art and a bit of history to me.
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