Was it a harsh decision by Avenue K to press Art Market, an NGO dealing in art indeed, to remove its exhibits at the prime shopping complex?
This is what Art Market is claiming following an article that appeared in a local newspaper stating that the NGO had removed its exhibition at Avenue K which is located in Jalan Ampang in the vicinity of the Twin Towers at the KLCC area.
The article suggests that Art Market has decided to withdraw its exhibits from the shopping mall, without considering alternatives proposed by the management of the mall.
In a response to the article, Art Market said they did not withdraw from the exhibition area, but they were forced to leave after being harassed by the management on the grounds of security.
“We are upset that Avenue K gave security as a reason, when such security threats did not exist,” said an email from Art Market.
The email also said Avenue K offered them other spots which were not suitable for such an exhibition, and that they spent RM10,000 to organise the exhibition and are now counting their losses.
Art Market is an NGO that was created with the intentions to promote art from disabled children, and had its ups and downs in terms of success in the past two years.