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selected available works from personal collection



1. Crestfallen 2. 2002, Stainless steel, 48x57x29cm 





2. Five Palms. 2002, mild steel with clear coat, 40x40x20cm




3. Three Palms. 2004, mild steel with clear coat, 90x16x16cm






4. Forgiven 2. 2002, Stainless steel, 52x31x38cm 




5. Bloom Bud. 2012, mild steel electroplated in rainbow zinc, 70x30x30cm








6. Twisted 5. 2003, Stainless steel, 30x18x16cm 






7. S-Curve. 2003, Stainless steel, 11x17x36cm 





8. Perching. 2003, mild steel, 60x10x10cm 




9. twist. 2008, 60x30x30cm




10. Squeezing Tightly. 2002, mild steel, 120x66x5cm




11. Hole-hearted. 2002, mild steel, 116x82x5cm




12. Centrifugal coaxal 5°. 2005, 120x120x8cm, mild steel




13. Spatiotemporal series (*2 works readily available) 2008, Water-cut aluminum plates, 61 x 61 cm each 




14. Gridlock 1. 2003, Mild steel & Stainless Steel, 42x25cm




15. Gridlock 2. 2003, Mild steel & Stainless Steel, 42x25cm 




16. Cross Culture 2. 2003, Mild steel & Stainless Steel, 30x60x5cm




17. Cannot find WMD 2003, lasercut mild steel with 2K clear coating, 90x120cm approx * selected for phillip morris exhibition & exhibited at taksu preview solo 




18. Pedra Branca. 2009, lasercut mild steel with 2K clear coating and enamel paint, 128 x 66 x 22cm. exhibited at rimbun dahan. Provenance: published in malaysian eye - contemporary malaysian art, by skira, pg. 229.​





19. Landlord vs Raja Tanah. collaboration between Abdul Multhalib Musa & Hamir Soib @ Mohamed. lasercut mild steel, 120 x 80 x 90cm




20. in bloom 3. 2013, stainless steel with concrete base, 79x20x26cm




21. in bloom 4. 2013, stainless steel with concrete base, 36x30x26cm





22. bifurcation 2 - gold. 2013, mild steel with paint, 240 cm X 95 cm x 22cm. provenance: published in gmca 2013 book.​






24. two sides two. 2012, mild steel, Ht: 3m, W: 5.5m, Base depth (including supports) 4.5m. 
exhibited at rimbun dahan WWF 2012 & Art in the Park, Perdana Botanical Garden 2014. 






25. the cornerstone of peacelessness. 2014, mild steel and cement board, 7.3m H x 1.5m W x 1.5m L.
exhibited at Art in the Park, Perdana Botanical Garden 2014. 





Starhill Gallery Watch Award 2009


HE Ambassador of Spain to Malaysia, Jose Ramon Baranano and wife Anna Garcia with Frank Vila, & Frank Low of LuxuryConcepts





Dato Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen and Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh with the award winners


A star-studded affair at Starhill Gallery’s A Journey Through Time III

A grand finale at Starhill Gallery's Watch Award Night 2009
As published in the YTL Community website.
Kuala Lumpur, December 14, 2009

A Journey Through Time III came to a grand close yesterday, after 11-days of spectacular showcases of stunning timepieces and jewellery.  Endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia for the third consecutive year, A Journey Through Time III welcomed an even more stellar line-up of luxury watch brands and exquisite jewellery.

There was much excitement as boutique owners, watch connoisseurs, watchmakers and principles gathered in merriment to witness the Starhill Gallery Watch of the Year Awards 2009 presentation after the 11-day long showcase.

Addressing guests during the evening Dato’ Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen thanked YTL and Starhill Gallery for their collaboration with Tourism Malaysia and for helping put Malaysia on the horological world map as the destination for Asia’s largest watch exhibition.

“This journey will put Malaysia not only as a country with beauty and nature but also a place with sophistication and luxury. Today, in our Tourist Arrivals figure, I would like to announce that we have reached 21.5 million arrivals – far exceeding the 19 million target we set in May! This is not only because of Tourism Malaysia’s efforts but it’s because of Tan Sri Francis and Starhill Gallery for helping to make Malaysia a top tourist destination,” said Ng.

Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh in his speech said, “It is my joy to celebrate this occasion in the company of our very dynamic Minister of Tourism, YB Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen. I truly believe that your energy and your passion will take Malaysia to greater heights.”

Yeoh also applauded the watchmakers who had flown in from around the world to grace the event. “I’m touched by your passion and your attention to detail and for giving us such quality timepieces. You are al the Mozart’s and Monet’s, the Picasso’s and Michelangelo’s of the watch world,“ he continued.

Known as Asia’s first horological awards, the gala dinner paid tribute to the best of the best timepieces which were honoured in 7 Categories.

The stunning award trophies for the winners of the six categories were created by Malaysian artist, Abdul Muthalib Musa, in honour of the craftsmanship of the revered global watchmakers.

Among the judges on the panel were Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Dr Bernard Cheong, Dr Massimiliano Landi, Su Jia Xian and Jean-Francois Meyer.

The Starhill Gallery Active Lifestyle Watch Award was the first to be announced and the very deserving Omega was honoured with their Seamaster Ploprof 1200MM, made for a deep-sea environment.

Next, young watch connoisseur Su Jia Xian presented the Starhill Gallery Active Lifestyle Watch Award. This award went to MCT with their Sequential One. The massive complexity in design and creation in the Sequential one has made it a first in watch making history!

The Starhill Gallery Favourite Ladies' Watch Award went to the brand that has been expanding rapidly throughout Asia and has also just opened its nouveau “Art Deco” style concept boutique that is the largest stand-alone boutique in the world at Starhill Gallery.

Bedat & Co. – 384.031.600 was announced as the winner and Tiffany Cartier-Millon, Bedat & Co.’s PR director was on hand to receive the award.

The Fourth award given away during the evening was the Starhill Gallery Favourite Mens’ Watch Award. Dr. Massimiliano Landi presented the award to Guillaume Tetu from Hautlence for the HLS 08, a timepiece that is known for its futuristic and provocative design. The uniqueness of a Hautlence piece can be seen in its jumping-hours and retrograde minutes which are linked by a patented system of connecting-rods movements.

The next award given away was the Starhill Gallery Watch with Complications in Movement Award. The award is based on mechanical complexities and complication in movements which have received critical reviews. Ulysse Nardin - Moonstruck was announced the winner and Dato’ Ralph Schneider was called up to receive the award and share a little bit about his creation.

The Moonstruck, which is an astronomical wristwatch with moon phases, comes in a limited edition of 500 pieces. “This piece is 100% Swiss made, but its aesthetics were done in my home in Bangsar. You could say that this watch is very much Malaysian!” Dato Ralph exclaimed.

Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh was called upon to deliver the YTL Spirit of Classical Art Award. The award was chosen from the top 10 favourites of the panel of judges and celebrates YTL’s spirit of classical craftsmanship.

The award went to Jaeger Le Coultre for the Master Minute Repeater Venus Botticelli. The hand-enamelled dial on this exquisite timepiece is inspired by paintings of the goddess Venus and is a one of a kind creation.

The final and most celebrated award for the evening – the Tourism Malaysia Most Revered Watch Award was a timepiece that most honoured Tourism Malaysia’s celebration of Horological Art.

Minister of Tourism, Dato’ Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen presented the award to Franc Vila for the Fva 15 Column Regulator Automatique. This is the first Franc Vila Timepiece which uses meteorite in its dial. The man himself, Franc Vila was on hand to receive the award.

A grand event like A Journey Through Time wouldn’t be complete without world-class entertainment and YTL once again delivered by flying in a Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins. The multiple award-winning mezzo-soprano is the most lucrative in the United Kingdom's classical recording history and has performed before the Queen of England a number of times and has even appeared on popular television shows like Strictly Come Dancing, Royal Variety Performance and The X Factor.

Speaking to reporters before the show Jenkins said, “This is my first ever show in Malaysia and I’m very grateful to Francis Yeoh for making it possible for me to be here. I love watches and jewellery so I can’t wait to go check out what they have here!”

Jenkins delivered a powerful repertoire of classical songs and hymns accompanied by the 25-piece Starhill Gallery Sinfonietta, conducted by Anthony Inglis. Guests were wowed by her performance and were awe struck by the beautiful Welsh singer. Jenkins performed songs like Hallelujah, Pie Jesu and Nessun Dorma which was a grand close to a grand evening.

Starhill Gallery Watch Award 2008


Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh addressing guests at the Starhill Gallery Watch Award Night 2008
(full text of speech below)





Winners of the Starhill Gallery Watch Award Night 2008 Kuala Lumpur, December 15, 2008






Guillaume Willk-Fabia from Van Cleef & Arpels accepting the award for
Tourism Malaysia Most Revered Watch Award 2008






This year I was again given the honour by Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, to come up with a limited edition sculpture for their prestigious 2008 Watch Award ceremony.



DETAILS OF THE WORK

TITLE: TIMELESS
MEDIUM: stainless steel
YEAR: completed 2008
DIMENSION: 50x28x14cm (major award) & 43x25x12cm (minor award)
NOTE: 7 limited edition



A grand finale at Starhill Gallery's Watch Award Night 2008
As published in the YTL Community website.
Kuala Lumpur, December 15, 2008

A Journey Through Time II came to a close yesterday in a grandeurs celebration with the Starhill Gallery’s Watch Award Night 2008.

There was much excitement as boutique owners, watch connoisseurs, watchmakers and principles gathered in merriment to witness the awards presentation after the 11-day long exhibition.

The exhibition saw over 150 watch brands exhibiting their high-end watches and jewellery to the public. Principals, ambassadors and watchmakers flew in from all parts of the world to join in this exhibition. Many worlds’ first and Asian premieres were launched during the fair and guests were amazed by the chance to witness such an opportunity right here in Malaysia.

The stunning award trophies for the winners of the six categories were created by Malaysian artist, Abdul Multhalib Musa, in honour of the craftsmanship of the revered global watchmakers.

The judges had an extremely tough time in deciding the winners, as there were many timepieces with amazing movements and technology as well as designs, which were extraordinary.

The Starhill Gallery Favourite Ladies' Watch Award 2008 was the first to be announced and the very deserving Glashütte Original was honoured with their Night Shade: The Star Collection.

Jean-Francois Meyer, the coordinator of the Swiss Museum of Horological Art, presented the Starhill Gallery Favourite Mens’ Watch Award 2008. The award went to Richard Mille with the RM010, a timepiece exceptional for its avant-garde design, to its innovative use of materials and manufacturing processes.

Next to be awarded was the Starhill Gallery Active Lifestyle Watch Award 2008. This award went to Jaeger-LeCoultre with the Master Compressor Diving Pro Geographic. This revolutionary timepiece is recognisable by its 46.3-mm diameter and its characteristic appearance due to the presence of the depth gauge, which houses a new Geographic sports movement.

The award was presented by Dr Massimiliano Landi who is a professor at the School of Economics in Singapore Management University. Dr. Landi is a specialist in ‘Gaming, Voting and Chances in Games’ mathematics and was ‘Voting Rule Advisor’ for the world’s first Asian Geneva Grand Prix Haute Horology held for the first time in outside of Geneva in Singapore recently.

Innovative Design Watch Award 2008 went to DeWitt with the WX-1. The WX-1, both a watch concept and an object d’art, highlights the creativity of the House of DeWitt, which celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. This exceptional creation merges design, futurism, and sophistication in a uniquely constructed body.

Starhill Gallery Watch with Complications in Movement Award 2008 went to the Maurice Lacroix – Memoire 1; a timepiece that made history by being the first mechanical watch with a memory function.

Maurice Lacroix also launched their first boutique in the world, right here at Starhill Gallery during A Journey Through Time II.

Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh was called upon to deliver the YTL Spirit of Classical Art Award 2008. The award went to Ulysse Nardin with the Imperial St. Petersburg & Egg of the Tsars.

This beautiful timepiece which showcases the legendary symbols of St. Petersburg, is presented in an elaborate multi-layered enamelled Faberge egg crafted by contemporary jeweller Andrei Ananov.

The most coveted award of the night was the Tourism Malaysia Most Revered Watch Award 2008. This award presented by Dato Dr Ong Hong Peng, Secretary General of Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, acknowledged the watch that has made history in being not only the first but also the one and only in Malaysia – The Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Kuala Lumpur.

This unique timepiece replicates the map of stars as seen in the Kuala Lumpur sky. Housing a movement of an extreme complexity, it links the idea of Time to that of the Cosmos and is a dazzling homage to a universe both mysterious and fascinating.

“An event like this is only possible because of people who dream with their eyes open. We are now universally recognised as "The Global Fine Watch Retailer" with the largest retail space dedicated to haute horology, featuring some of the world’s rarest stand-alone boutiques.

The world’s first Ulysee Nardin boutique is in Starhill Gallery, as are the world’s first Maurice Lacroix, Bedat & Co, Armand Nicolet and Graham boutiques. The world’s first BLU boutique is designed by Bernhard Lederer himself, while Jerome DeWitt launched his first and only boutique not in France or Switzerland, but right here in Kuala Lumpur.

Likewise, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille all have their largest global boutiques here. In Asia, the one and only Mouawad and Yeslam boutiques are in Starhill Gallery; while Omega, Glashűtte and Rado boutiques are the largest in South East Asia along with the region’s flagships of Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron," said Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh in his speech during the awards presentation.

"We are in the midst of a recession but the watches we’ve sold this year is double that of last year. Last year we had 35, 000 visitors, but this year we’ve had 80, 000. Besides that, we had 7 private jets fly in for the event last year, but this year we’ve had 17 private jets!" exclaimed Yeoh, whose passion and determination made an event like A Journey Through Time possible.

"You can be assured that bespoke watch pieces can only be found at Starhill Gallery. They are authentic and not fake and the nett price for watches here is the cheapest on this earth. This is truly a historical moment and it is proof that dreams can come true. God has blessed this event and I’m sure He’ll bless us through the New Year," said Yeoh wrapping up a truly monumental night.

It was a perfect end to a perfect evening as flautist Andrea Griminelli took to the stage for the final time, delivering an outstanding performance with soprano Cynthia Lawrence and tenor Saimir Pirgu. Performing with them was the Starhill Gallery Sinfonietta. The trio performed an incredible repertoire together with songs like The Prayer, Mattinata and Brindisi, which brought the whole house to its feet in a standing ovation.

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Speech by Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Francis Yeoh CBE
Starhill Gallery Watch Awards 2008
14 December 2008, Starhill Gallery

His Excellencies, Ambassadors to Malaysia.
Esteemed Watch & Jewellery Principals.
Respectable judges of the Starhill Gallery Watch Awards.

Members of the media. Distinguished guests. Ladies and gentlemen.

In the wisdom of Ecclesiastes, it is said that “Every man should enjoy the good of all his labour for it is a gift of God”.

Tonight, I wish to applaud all the participants and 50 nominated watches which are indeed divine gifts of labour, representing the finest in technology, design innovation, craftsmanship and beauty at Starhill Gallery.

When we first started Starhill Gallery, our personal response was to address the tedium of mass shopping, mindless acquisitions and consumerism with personalised encounters to refine the shopping experience.

Today, we thank God that we must have done something right as Starhill Gallery has attracted some of the world’s biggest names into its halls of rich experiences, and has been listed by Forbes traveler.com as one of Asia’s most beautiful shopping malls.

In just 3 years, Adorn Floor is recognised as “The Global Fine Watch Retailer” with the largest retail space dedicated to haute horology, featuring some of the world’s rarest stand alone boutiques.

The world’s first Ulysee Nardin boutique is in Starhill Gallery, as are the world’s first Maurice Lacroix, Bedat & Co, Armand Nicolet and Graham boutiques.

The world’s first BLU boutique is designed by Bernhard Lederer himself, while Jerome DeWitt launched his first and only boutique not in France or Switzerland, but right here in Kuala Lumpur. Likewise, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille all have their largest global boutiques here.

In Asia, the one and only Mouawad and Yeslam boutiques are in Starhill Gallery; while Omega, Glashűtte and Rado boutiques are the largest in South East Asia along with the region’s flagships of Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron.

With so many world class Icons in Starhill Gallery, it is my joy that we can host A Journey Through Time right here – where we all are and not some convention hall or exhibition centre. So in a gallery of rich experiences, we can celebrate the world’s most fabulous timepieces, complete with fine dining and world class entertainment.

For this year, one of Malaysia’s foremost sculptors Abdul Multhalib Musa has been commissioned to design the Starhill Gallery Awards as a tribute to these masterpieces of nonpareil craftsmanship and beauty.


Flautist Andrea Griminelli performing with soprano Cynthia Lawrence and tenor Saimir Pirgu They are all winners in their own right, and they have made our task as judges extremely challenging. Especially now as I see it in this Golden Age of watchmaking when the appreciation and demand for fine timepieces are burgeoning, particularly across Asia.

With the quality of participation and support of the Ministry, the Starhill Gallery Watch Awards is indeed the first and only of its kind in Asia that is endorsed by a Nation. And I sincerely hope that in time, it will also be recognised as among the most coveted in the world.

As Dr Bernard Cheong noted last year, Malaysians have made it happen! And with Kuala Lumpur’s duty-free status, there is no doubt that today Starhill Gallery is where the world can shop for the most fabulous timepieces that are instantly 30 to 40 per cent more affordable.

Last year, A Journey Through Time was recorded as the largest revenue earner in a single exhibition. And this year, we have doubled the sales with double the number of guests. And I am sure many of Asia’s billionaires, royalties from the region and connoisseurs will bring home with them the joy of masterpieces, revealed for the first time in Asia.

“Time is what Life is made of” says an 18th century proverb. So by celebrating A Journey Through Time, we are indeed celebrating Life and the abundance of God’s blessings.

So it is my fervent prayer that we will all meet again – same time next year in December, and for many years to come. For with the Ministry’s continued support, A Journey Through Time will indeed stand the test of time.

Thank you, and may God bless all of you!

background

Multhalib can be regarded as one of Malaysia's younger leading contemporary sculptors. He has become known for his 'fluid metal sculptures' which seem to have been effortlessly carved out of metal. The contradiction of transforming a hard material into a supple, pliable form, demonstrates his interest in the manipulation of the medium. This in part stems from his educational background - an architect by training. He pursued his Bachelor's Degree in Design Studies from the University of Adelaide in Australia, thereafter obtaining his Bachelor of Architecture from MARA University of Technology in 2000. He has been granted numerous international awards and residencies in recognition of the work that he has done. In 2001 he was selected for the Rimbun Dahan Residency in Malaysia, and the following year was presented with the Award of Excellence at the 6th Oita Asian Sculpture Open Competition in Japan. He was the recipient of the Australian High Commission Residency in 2004, and was commissioned through an international competition by the Beijing Olympic Park City Sculpture Project 2008 to create a major outdoor sculpture for the Beijing Olympics, China. In 2008 he was selected for the Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit held in Tokyo, Japan. Recently his work was selected for the Ordos 11th Asia Arts Festival, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, and another outdoor work for the Urumqi International Urban Sculpture Symposium held in Xinjiang, China.

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