Project Our Beloved King
December 20–January 10
Venue: Nova Contemporary
The eagerly anticipated show entitled ‘Project Our Beloved King’, spearheaded by Pairoj Pichetmetakul, a Thai artist residing in New York, commemorates the benevolence and grace of His Majesty, but it’s also a tribute to the beloved King from a group of Thai artists living both in the USA and in Thailand. The show will feature works in modern and contemporary style, by nine selected artists who submitted artworks specifically for this project. The artists each posted a portrait on Facebook of the King, at 9am for nine consecutive days, under the hashtag #projectourbelovedking. As the project progressed, artists of all ages, residing in all parts of the world, created hundreds of works as well. In order to collect and archive the artworks in one place, a Facebook page was created as an online gallery which continues to build up as more and more artworks are summited. Now, the works of the original nine, and the work of other artists who joined the project along the way, has been collated into one exhibition.
The Last Light
Until December 25
Venue: Hof Art Space
This solo exhibition by emerging photographer Virunan Chiddaycha is a tribute to both the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej as well as a showcase for the art of landscape photography. The landscapes that the artist presents highlight many of the places in Thailand that His Majesty paid a visit to and later developed during his reign (as a part of his Royal Projects initiative). There are nine landscape photographs in total, portraying the beauty of the regions and capturing the “last light” before sunset at the places where Thailand’s beloved King helped the local people develop into more prosperous and self-sufficient communities. It both underscores his accomplishments and his great contribution to the nation. Moreover, the exhibition will also have a sideline project of a series of portrait photographs showing the happiness and gratitude of the King’s people the areas surrounding these landscapes—illustrating the late monarch’s remarkable virtue. As the artist himself declares: “The sun will be gone by sunset, but the goodness, the beauty, and legacies will last forever”.
The Play: Space Drawing by Paramodel
Until December 25
Venue: Thonglor Art Space
The exhibition, by Japanese multi-platform artists Yoshihiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano, is a monumental site specific installation. By transforming the first floor of the black box theatre into a gallery, and taking up the entire space with a gigantic array of ready-made industrial pipes and blue plastic rails, this installation piece confronts viewers with an electrifying visual impact. While the exhibit somewhat resembles a construction-site, it paradoxically offers an exotic version of a paradise—a kind of multi-layered, decorated network society. The duo’s moniker Paramodel comes from the combination of the words “paradise” and “model”.
Until December 25
Venue: People’s Gallery at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
This group show, which features the work of three artists—Sompong Tawee, Rinyaphat Nithipattaraahnan and Chitava Muninto—might best be summed up as an ‘Expression of New Attitudes’. As the artist’s manifesto says: “To compose a magnificent poem, it’s not only the matter of words or language. A poem is not only the beauty of words that can be understood through understanding, but how you are unable to approach any poem solely through reading. No matter how hard you try, the poem remains unapproachable. Is it possible to define a poem beyond limitations of language and words?”
Until December 28
Tang Contemporary Art
This solo exhibition by Heri Dono presents a selection of his more recent paintings, along with an array of his most important installation works from the 1990s to the present. Angels are frequent elements in the artist’s installations but these angels are unrelated to religion, and are used instead to symbolize the spirit. The angels, along with the different forms presented in pieces with intriguing names such as ‘The First Dinosaur Who Discovers Human Beings’, explore the ability to know oneself through others—intellectually exploring and understanding the mysteries of humanity.
Believe in Chaiyot Jindagun
Venue: Subhashok the Arts Centre
This evocative solo exhibition by Chaiyot Jindagun is all about realizing one’s value and the important potential of ourselves as humans. In this show the artist still reflects the beauty of Thailand’s vintage puppets, having devoted himself laboriously to the task of researching these folkloric items and presenting them afresh. Using watercolour, pastel, oils, and even sketches, as well as creating teak frames for the paintings, the artist creates an uncompromising final creation—authentic in every detail, including his use of the linen cloth and the old-fashioned method of striking pegs.
Nurture, Nature, Naturally.
Venue: PT Gallery
French artist Jean-louis Dulaar, an artistic nomad, transforms the gallery space into an interdisciplinary installation—a tribute to nature and a reflection on simplicity. Eternally intrigued by nature’s secret garden, the artist searches and researches, sampling and fusing all of nature’s offerings with scientific dedication and botanical perseverance. His relentless experiments with leaves, roots, barks, and flowers give birth to the most mesmerizing colours. It’s a confrontation of purposely created paintings, sketches, notebook excerpts, photos-de-route, diaries, and videos, with ancient slabs of the rarest hardwoods interspersed.
Gilded Blue & Silver Fermentation
Neilson Hays Library
This month, Bangkok-based French artist Landry Dunand presents two different collections of his photography and mixed media art—Gilded Blue in the garden gallery café and Silver Fermentation in the rotunda gallery. The first is a collection of cyanotypes, made using a mid-18th century photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. The second is a series of silver gelatin prints, created and developed in Landry’s home darkroom. Landry shoots in both film and digital, and has lately turned to light sensitive cyanotypes, or photographic blueprints, and experiments in other hands-on techniques in his jungle darkroom.
December 1-January 29
Venue: H Gallery
This is the third solo exhibition, since 2017, by Cambodian-born sculptor Sopheap Pich, at H Gallery. The artist has established a remarkable international career since first showing in Bangkok and this latest show introduces a new level of maturity—blending minimal execution with a variety of processes to acutely relate an epic sense of the elemental, where found materials, painted and stitched surfaces, and organic forms have previously shaped poignant sensibilities and hinted at dark histories. Pich heightens a more abstracted quality which is rooted in an allencompassing view of our environment.
Once Upon a Time
December 8-January 14
Venue: Ardel’s Third Place Gallery
This exhibition presents paintings and prints from artist Chutchawan Wannapo, created as a remembrance of all the memories and impressions the artist has with respect to the natural environment and the overall idea of impermanence. The artworks display light, shadow, and forms that are affected by the passing of time. The shadow among trees, flowers, duckweeds, water, sky, and rocks all reflect the overlapping of time in a specific place in the artist’s memory and represent his feelings while he was recalling the existence of himself within these specific places and/or times.
2017 Resident Artists Preview
December 20-January 3
Venue: Sathorn 11 Art Space
To ring in the new year the innovative Sathorn 11 Art Space is having a ‘Resident Artists Preview and Introduction’ show. The exhibition will be showcasing the work of the art space’s six new resident artists for 2017— Chonkhet Phanwichien, Tinna Hongngam, Prapoj Kumjinda, Preecha Raksorn, Pisanu Prasoetpol and Somchoke Mahachanon. The show will be a combination of their past work and, in about three to four months, there will be a second exhibition featuring their newer artworks. It’s a great opportunity to catch some rising stars at the beginning of their artistic trajectories.
Variety of Woodcut
December 22-January 22
Venue: Ardel Gallery of Modern Art
This exhibition features the work of five young printmakers, namely Yutt Puektasajatum, Jakkee Kongkaew, Surasak Sornsena, Kattliya Phantodee, and Teppong Hongsrimuang. The works of this artistic quintet is inspired by the beauty of nature and animals, as well as time and the relationship between themselves and the surroundings. These artists have created beautiful and simple prints, yet they are at the same time very valuable in terms of idea and skill. They have crafted the works utilizing woodcut techniques which have continued down through successive generations—from long in the past, up until now.
The Game | Viet Nam by LE Brothers
Until February 19
The Jim Thompson Art Center
This exhibition features the work of Le Ngoc Thanh and Le Duc Hai, identical twin brothers who make their art as the LE Brothers. The twins examine Vietnam today, four decades after the reunification, by recalling their childhood and past memories, growing up in a country scarred by war and divided ideologically in the North and South. The show is comprised of a number of mixed-media works, including a 24-channel video installation (itself titled The Game), an extensive photo installation, and two larger-than-life rifles—the iconic AR-15 (USA) and AK-47 (USSR)—constructed of exquisite lacquer work.
A Lifetime of Work
Until March 14
Venue: House of Lucie
The world-famous photojournalist Steve McCurry, best known for his “Afghan Girl” portrait—often regarded as one of National Geographic’s most iconic front covers— will launch a four-month-long exhibition dubbed ‘A Lifetime of Work’, featuring some of the best portraits and images from throughout his extensive photographic career. The exhibition, held at the newly opened House of Lucie gallery will include both large- and small-scale portraits that the artist has captured around the world across numerous international and civil conflicts. The exhibit also includes several photos that have never before been exhibited in public.