Invitation 17 December 2011- 1 January 2012 “Homage to Tan Tong His Art & Times” Exhibition @ Wisma Kebudayaan SGM

Soka Gakkai Malaysia cordially invites you and your friends to the exhibition entitled


which will be officiated by

Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Kamarul Ariffin Mohd. Yassin

on December 23 (Friday), 8.00pm

at Ground Floor, Soka Exhibition Hall, Wisma Kebudayaan SGM

Exhibition period: 17 December 2011 to 1 January 2012

Opening hours: 11.00am to 6.00pm

Admission: Free

It was rare and respect-worthy to find someone who has spent his entire life

in pursuit of the pinnacle of art, despite of all the hardships and

obstacles he met.

In 1964, Tan Tong obtained a scholarship from the French Government to begin

pursuing his dream in becoming a great artist. Not many people knew that he

had only USD70 to take to France. In classes, he imitated the artworks of

Ingres, Pablo Picasso and other great artists. In 1974, he received French

government’s diploma in painting, and the following year, he obtained a

diploma in sketching. In 1967 he held his first ever solo exhibition in

Montparnasse, Paris. He returned to Malaysia in 1976, and began lecturing at

Malaysia Institute of Art, a dedication to art education that was to last

for 25 years.

Tan Tong’s art is unique, authentic, independent, rigorous and

pure-characteristics resulting from 47 years of hard work at painting,

studying, writing and researching. In the process he had rejected all

meaningless social activities, enabling him to personalise his spiritual

world and this is reflected in his works. It is a priceless way of life to

be able to do the things one wishes. He trusts his feelings, believes in his

ideology, psyche and does not mind what others think of him, or if they

could understand or like his works. Each artwork is a complete commitment

and serious vision to explore the most appropriate way of presentation. Each

one is a fruit of his unceasing effort and relentless struggle.

In this exhibition, Tan Tong sincerely and selflessly selected 80 invaluable

masterpieces he has created from 1963 to 2011 to be exhibited. These are the

products of his heart and soul. Meanwhile, he would like to take this

opportunity to pay his utmost gratitude to the masters who have taught him

and offer thanks to friends and relatives who helped him along the way. He

further wishes that his years of struggle and strong conviction in

art-creation will instil in youths noble ambitions to aspire to become


Profiles of the Artist:

Tan Tong

Born in 1942 in Kajang, Selangor, Tan Tong was suddenly interested in art

when he reached the age of 18. He obtained a degree in sketching from Paris

National Art University in 1974; and a degree in painting in 1975. He

returned to Malaysia in 1976, and began lecturing at Malaysia Institute of

Arts in 1977. After retiring at 60 years-old, he went full-time in

researching the art of Picasso. His early works include “Europe Series”,

“Series on YiChing and the eye of the Buddha”, “The Series on the Symphony

of Yin and Yang”, “Picasso series”, “Consort Yang series”, “Beijing Olympics

Series” and later on, “The Artist and his Models Series”.


1_Art of Palette

With reference the artist’s “Palette Series”, our art instructor will be

guiding you on how to expand your imagination and creativity by painting on

different surfaces and irregular shapes. Seat are limited; reservation by

first come serve basic.

Material Fees: RM 20 (Including a wooden palette and art block.)

Participant please brings your own Oil Pastels and Magic Colour Pens.

For Children age 5-12 years:

Date: 18.12.2011

Time: Morning: 10am – 12noon OR  Afternoon: 3pm – 5pm

Limited to 20 participants per session. Registration required.

2_Guided Tour

Weekend Tour: Saturday & Sunday , 11am – 5pm (Prior appointment is required

for groups with more than 20 peoples)

Weekday Tour: Every Tuesday, 12 to 2pm (Appointments are group with more

than 10 people only)

For registration and more information about our programmes please contact

Ms. Lee Miin Yee at Tel: (603) 2144 8686 |  Email:

Programme details may be subjected to change.


Chan Yin Kwan

SGM PR Department

+603-2144 8686 / +603-9075 6876

+603-2144 8484 / +603-9074 2413


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