Metamorphosis of Japan After the War
Date: Until October 14
Venue: Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center
This photography exhibition, curated by Tsuguo Tada and Marc Feustel, showcases images of “postwar” Japan—from 1945-1964—by 11 talented Japanese artists. The exhibition features 123 photographs in all, and is divided into three sections: The Aftermath of War; Between Tradition and Modernity; and Towards a New Japan. Despite being defeated and devastated after WWII, Japan underwent drastic transformations in terms of society, economy, and culture. This exhibition reveals the records of social transformation through the artistic perspectives of the 11 photographers who were each active in this period of dramatic upheaval.
Date: Until October 29
Venue: Kathmandu Photo Gallery
This is the latest exhibition from artist Pramual Burusphat, one of the pioneers of contemporary Thai photography. The works appear like abstract expressionist paintings of single cell organisms dividing and multiplying violently in all directions at great speed, eating away all human memory leaving no trace of what once was. A photograph of picturesque Punyi Island in Phang-nga vanishes into black and white lines, seemingly drawn by magnetic fields. Without the sprocket holes we’d never have recognized it as a strip of negative film, once popularly used by humanity to record its memories.
As They Grow Older And Wiser
Date: Until October 29
Venue: Bangkok University Gallery
This exhibition marks the debut of a new photographic series and installation by Ang Song Nian, presented as part of the artist’s participation in the Bangkok University Gallery’s Artist-in-Residence programme. At the heart of the show is a site specific work made up of six installations created as a response to the artist’s observation on methods of control. In particular, the ways in which potted plants, as well as trees—young and old—are being manipulated to fit into the urban landscape of Bangkok. Here the artist re-presents the controlled environment of plant nurseries.
Date: Until October 29
Venue: Bangkok University Gallery
This painting series by Kosit Juntaratip, an established Thai artist, are initiated from interests on documentary photography and their influences to public. The artist did a research and found out that behind those images there were immeasurable errors. He later questions about the reality and the idea behind them, and reproduces images through paintings using layers of stencil papers in order to search for new meanings.
Northern Land, Southern Seas
Date: Until October 30
Venue: Tang Contemporary Art
The inaugural exhibition at latest space, entitled ‘Northern Land, Southern Seas’, brings together the work of more than a dozen contemporary art heavyweights. The artists include Ai Weiwei, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Entang Wiharso, Geraldine Javier, Huang Yongping, I Nyoman Masriadi, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Sopheap Pich, Udomsak Krisanamis, Xia Xing, Xie Nanxing, Zeng Fanzhi, and Zhao Zhao. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, the term “Southern Seas” was China’s name for Southeast Asia, reflecting a China-centric view of the world. By contrast, Southeast Asian countries viewed China as the “Northern Land.” The exhibition is called “Northern Land, Southern Seas” to juxtapose these two viewpoints and shift away from regionalism. As such, Tang has brought together top Chinese and Southeast Asian artists in a welcoming and equal space to present and discuss their work.
Unseen Siam, Early Photography From 1860 to 1910
Date: Until November 7
Venue: Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
Unearthing vintage photos from the long forgotten past always arouses interest from historians and anyone with a penchant for tradition and heritage. This carefully curated photo exhibition has corralled together an array of rare photographs which have never been on public display before. It features more than 150 photographs of old Siam, from the very first beginning until the end of the reign of King Chulalongkorn, the fifth monarch of Thailand. The original negatives of these photographs have been kept in their respective country’s archives. They were taken by foreign photographers, and Thais who were later appointed Siamese court photographers.
Date: September 29-November 7
Venue: YenakArt Villa
Two international artists who are very familiar with Thailand, Gary Gagliano (American) and Ugo Li (French), are displaying a selection of their newest paintings. Ugo will showcase his oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, while Gary will be exhibiting his enamel on canvas works. The two artists have many points in common. Both have a strong preference for vivid, strong colours, and both admit to the influence of fashion on their creations. Their way of painting is also similar. First, movements are very spontaneous and expressive, guided by their creative instinct, then everything becomes more precise, delicate, and controlled, aiming to harmony. The name of the exhibition stems from of one of Ugo Li’s paintings, inspired by the question he is very often confronted with: “How long have you been in Thailand?”
Date: October 4-November 6
Venue: Ardel Gallery of Modern Art
This exhibition presents the paintings, drawings, and prints using mixed techniques, which have sprung from the mind of artist Thavorn Ko-udomvit. The concept here is to express gratitude and respect toward nature and the surroundings—everything from tree branches to flowers, leaves, rocks, water containers, rice grains, or odds and ends found in natural surroundings. These things can mean a lot to those who appreciate the delicacy of life, as professed through the Buddhism philosophy, and about change and universal impermanence. It should be interesting to see what this 60-year-old artist has in store for viewers.
Somboon Hormtientong – Recent Paintings
Date: October 3-November 27
Venue: H Gallery
Somboon Hormtientong‘s abstraction are linked by a distinct geometric commonality. Shrouded in ethereal layers, Hormtientong’s work expresses a tendency towards minimalism with a keen consideration for color as a break from stark spatial forms. His work in abstraction undertakes an honest consideration of European influence without wholly masking his roots in southeast Asia. He remains one of Thailand’s masters of painting, and his most recent works are a testament to the significance of his evolving vision.
What You Don’t See Will Hurt You
Date: October 6-November 20
Venue: Gallery Ver
These untitled “paintings” by Thasnai Sethaseree are in fact collages. Their optically layered surfaces carefully built up through a laborious studio process that draws on design motifs and decorative traditions unique to the Lanna culture of northern Thailand, where the artist is based, and many kinds of brightly coloured paper like those in Sethaseree’s works are usually used in celebration of festivities.
Between My Lines
Date: October 6-30
Venue: Neilson Hays Library
This month the art exhibition being staged at the Neilson Hays Library will feature paintings by Thai artist Sonea Rattanaruangsup. The show, entitled ‘Between My Lines’, is a collection that captures the impulsive nature of emotions—emotions which, when triggered, can change how we perceive ourselves. All of us, at one point or another in our lives, long to tread outside our comfort zones and be somebody else. In this series the artist exposes how emotions can drive us to put on certain disguises for the world while leaving our inner selves untouched.
Rhythm, Space, and Time
Date: October 6-November 12
Venue: Ardel’s Third Place Gallery
The exhibition “Rhythm, Space, and Time” by Krirkbura Yomnage presents acrylic paintings on canvas telling stories through time, places, old architectures, still-lifes, furniture, flower vases and the shadow on various types of surface. These things help portray the journey that, together with the peaceful and quiet atmosphere of the painting, plant itself in our memory, leaving us to ponder over its beauty and the idea of existence in a specific moment of time.
The Beginning & The End
Date: October 8-November 27
Venue: 3rd Rock Gallery
This large scale solo watercolour and oil painting exhibition by Apichart Thitiwongworasakul, an upcoming Thai contemporary artist, contains more than 30 specially selected pieces. The artist strongly believes in lessons from Buddhism, especially about uncertainty that everything changes and certainty that cannot be sought. Visitors with “time on their hands” will not only appreciate how delicate and beautiful his watercolour watch paintings are, but also how his still-life paintings captivate viewers. This exhibition might cause you to consider the precious time you have in life and enjoy it more while you still can.
Fake – Work II
Date: October 8-29
Venue: Number 1 Gallery
Of the artworks on display here by Prawit Lumcharoen, seven were made in 2014, three in 2015, and eight in 2016. All of them were created using oil colour, and focus on thoughts and limitless development. Because of the growth of technologies nowadays, humans are having all of the facilities to make their life easier—especially the people in the urban area that will live in the world of materials and artificial surface. Therefore, the artist took the uniqueness of the metallic surface to reflect upon life, humans, animals, and object and express it to the artwork.
Date: October 22-November 10
Venue: Sathorn 11 Art Space
This group exhibition features the art of Italian artist Sergio Voci, whose works will be on display together with six Thai artists—Oh Futon, P7, Aof Smith, Asin, Manasawii Jane, and Anchalee Arayapongpanich. This event (co-presented by Gfour Fine Wines) is part of the ongoing Italian Festival in Thailand, and is a unique opportunity to see the works of this Italian, Nigerian-born, contemporary artist. A self-taught painter, he started off in the underground scene of Milan, and got immediately noted by local gallery owners. His works are now on display all over Europe.
Date: October 15-November 27
Venue: Bangkok CityCity Gallery
This project examines the nature of property development and its relationship to the city. In spite of Bangkok’s recent unsettled political situation, which culminated in two military coups in 2006 and 2014, property development in the capital has continued to soar. The rapid development has come hand in hand with the expansion of mass transit, major roads and canal transit systems. This series includes images of land undergoing commercial development as well images of newly built condos entering Bangkok’s real estate market, and explores the use of text in exuberant advertising slogans.
A Part of Sand Grains (The Change of Breath)
Date: September 28-October 17
Venue: Chamchuri Art Gallery
The Chamchuri Art Gallery—located on the campus of Chulalongkorn University—will be the host of the first solo drawing exhibition by Ponpassapon ‘Sai’ Boonyarithanon. Here the artist reimagines the element of art as a learning process. She considers that the true nature of life is fragile, and constantly changing with every breath one takes, and every blink of the eye. This spiritually inspired creative process allows the artist to study “matters” in life and thus the experiment becomes, to further the point, a meditation on the meaning of Saṅkhāra.
Under The Same Sky
Date: September 30-December 15
Venue: Nova Contemporary
The “malady of unfaithfully made time and history” is the initial thought shared between artists Tada Hengsapkul and Chai Siris in this collaborative artistic effort. Tada returned to his hometown to investigate the traces of memory of places where scars were left behind by the American army based in Korat back in the 60s. Meanwhile Chai was traveling back to a physical space and a spiritual existence to investigate his family’s secret. The transition of times, spaces, and power are floating in the air like haunting ghosts in their works.
One For The Birds
Date: October 15-November 13
Venue: Subhashok The Arts Centre (S.A.C.)
The artist Natanel Gluska, who was born in Israel but lives and works in Switzerland, worked as a painter before turning to three-dimensional artwork. He became famous through processing sustainably sourced natural materials, such as trees, and transforming them into furniture with beautiful shapes and lines that are full of emotion. He recently returned to two-dimensional works, which are his roots, yet he hasn’t given up his signature and skilfulness in playing with natural material. This collection of both 2D and 3D works will be his first solo exhibition in Thailand.
Beat Around The Bush
Date: October 22-November 15
Venue: Bridge Art Space
There are challenges inherent in working as contemporary conceptual artists in a climate of self-censorship and supression of free speech. There are things which cannot be explicitly said, but nevertheless need to be expressed. Working within strict boundaries, extrinsic and intrinsic, can be frustrating, but at the same time pushing the envelope of what can be said out loud can be powerfully inspiring. In his solo exhibition Beat Around The Bush, the culmination of years of practice, Sina Wittayawiroj keeps his cards close to his chest in examining one particular taboo, in video, digital art, painting and installation.