Duration : 14 April 2015 – 15 July 2015
Opening hours: 10am to 8pm (closed on Monday). Admission is free.
“GILA-GILA is a national humour magazine that was first published on 1 April 1978. It is a socially-accepted novelty and an important piece of history that embodies the brilliant minds of Malaysia‛s top cartoonists.”
Gila Gila is an equivalent of the American Mad comics. It is a hilarious satirical comic publication that touches on the poignant cultural landscape of Malaysian lives.
Comics are also creative vehicles which provoke an insight to the cartoonists’s minds. Whilst fun, it is also powerful enough to disseminate information through parody – a useful propaganda to reach out to the young and illiterates.
There are over 500 original artworks ranging from comic strips, editorial cartoons, rare first editions and sketches and drawings on display.
As this is a restropective exhibition on Malaysian comics, portfolios of top Malaysian cartoonists are exhibited and explained. I believe there are also opportunities to meet with the artists on certain dates, however, do refer to Galeri Petronas’ webpage (here).
There were a lot of explanations on individual panel boards (thus information overload for me)… but what truly captivated me were the beautiful watercolours and the masterful strokes of the cartoonist-artists. Comics are powerful in that one does not need to read nor understand the language: A picture tells a thousand words.
Gila Gila caricatured and injected a sense of humor to a wide array of pressing cultural, social and political issues of the day.
Malaysian Popular Culture: The identity and lifestyle captured in the scenes are all very familiar in the public’s collective memories.
If animals can talk…by cartoonist Jaafar Taib
Economic critique: Poking fun at world economic – remember the GFC?
In honour of humour, if you are in KL, why not go visit? You might view comics in a brand new light!