The Ibrahim Hussein Foundation Museum is an art and culture museum located in Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia. Founded personally by the late great artist, Ibrahim Hussein, the museum is the only one of its kind in the island and one the leading art museums in the whole of Malaysia. It is located at the northern part of Langkawi Island in Pasir Tengkorak.
Langkawi is a Malaysian archipelago off the coast of Kedah in northwestern Malaysia. The archipelago’s official name beginning 2008 is “Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah”. It consists of 104 islands, but only two are inhabited, namely Langkawi Island and nearby Pulau Tuba. Langkawi is considered by many as the perfect summer destination for five compelling reasons. One, it has the most beautiful virgin beaches, forests, dive sites and mountains, as well as mysterious landscapes and waterfalls; two, its warm, relaxing tropical weather is very steady and never threatens to have killer storms or typhoons; three, its people and culture are very engaging and tourist-friendly. The Langkawi society is a melting pot of the world’s religions and cultures; four, the Andaman Sea sets the perfect backdrop with its clear, turquoise warm water; and five, shopping is duty-free. Travelers get a heyday shopping for very cheap alcohol, chocolates, perfumes, and designer clothes. Imagine a typical day in Langkawi: relaxing by a beach with golden powdery sands as the coconut trees behind you dance to the cool sea breeze. You recline and relax by sipping an expensive wine that you bought at a much lower price from a duty-free Langkawi mall.
Some of the places to visit while in Langkawi are Pulau Payar Marine Park for its coral reefs, Pantai Cenang for its tall coconuts and casuarinas, Burau Bay for its migratory birds, the peaceful Pantai Kok Beach, Datai Bay for its snowy white sands, Langkawi Cable Car for a trip to Gunung Mat Chinchang, Telega Tujuh Waterfalls for its seven waterfalls and seven pools, and Crocodile Adventureland, just to name a few.
About Ibrahim Hussein
Born in 1936 in Kedah, Malaysia, Ibrahim Hussein studied at leading art schools in Singapore and London, including the Royal Academy School of London. He is known for an art genre that was originally created by him. He called it “printage”, a combination of printing and collage. As a struggling artist before he became famous, he used to work as a postman and movie extra. His hard work soon earned him a scholarship while studying in London and which allowed him to visit France and Italy. After he returned to Malaysia, he became a resident artist at the University of Malaya, and in 1991 established the Ibrahim Hussein and Cultural Foundation. He specifically chose to build his non-profit foundation in the rainforests of Langkawi.
On February 18, 1999, the artist suffered a heart attack and eventually died the next morning while at the Pantai Medical Centre. Until today, he is one of the major national artists of Malaysia.
About the Museum
The Ibrahim Hussein Foundation Museum, also referred to as Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Cultural Foundation, is a private, non-profit foundation whose goal is to promote, develop, and advance Malaysian art and culture to international recognition. It first opened in 1998, and until today it has featured various art genres, but most especially modern art. Besides the beautiful masterpieces displayed inside the museum, outside is the breathtaking beauty of Nature painted on the canvas of Langkawi Island. The museum is located inside the virgin Mat Cincang Forest Reserve with an amazing view of the Pasir Tengkorak alcove below.