At present there is an interesting exhibition going on organised by Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia & Jabatan Muzium Malaysia entitled “A.B. Hubback: An Architectural Celebration in Malaya”. It is the first of its kind featuring 25 buildings designed by Brigadier General A.B Hubback in the Federated Malay States from 1895 to 1914. Officiated by Dato’ Ibrahim bin Ismail, Director General of the Department of Museums Malaysia on 15th May 2014, the exhibition will remain open to the public until 30 June 2014 at the National Textile Museum (near Merdeka Square).
The exhibition brings to you a special 100-year old watercolour painting of Masjid Jamek (c. 1908). This rare masterpiece of art was kindly donated by Dr. Peter Barbor, grandson of A.B Hubback to Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia. There will also be displays of architectural measured drawings of A.B Hubback’s buildings, and other researched works, courtesy of several local institutions and architects. The KL Sketchers Artist Group has kindly produced art pieces of A.B Hubback’s buildings which will be up for sale.
A series of Talks and Guided Tours by experts will also be conducted during the same period, exposing the participants to A.B Hubback’s work and his design approach, offering a further understanding of Malaysia’s rich heritage.
For further details please check out the website of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia here.
This exhibition excites me no end and it is what I have been awaiting all this while. The reason is I have photographed many heritage buildings around Kuala Lumpur and some other parts in Malaysia and while doing so I have also done my own research on their architecture, history and who were responsible for building those beautiful edifices mostly have lasted more than a century. More often than not the architect who was responsible for the architecture of most of the colonial buildings in Kuala Lumpur was Arthur Benison Hubback or more fondly known as A.B. Hubback.
Below are my blog entries on the heritage buildings designed by A.B. Hubback and I promise you there will be more coming your way🙂
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur – the Jamek Mosque
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur – the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur – KTM Headquarters
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur – City Theatre
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur – the Old High Court Building
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur – the National Textile Museum