Photos by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
January 21-February 28
Venue: Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
Since 2007, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has graciously granted permission to exhibit her photographs as source of knowledge and wisdom to students and the wider public. This year, Her Majesty has granted permission for the video display which features her presentation on the photographs, as well as the concepts and the stories. The photographs on exhibit were taken along Her Majesty’s travels in Thailand and other countries, between 2015 and 2016.
Bualuang Paintings: In Tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Until January 13
Venue: The Queen’s Gallery
The Bualuang Foundation, in collaboration with The Queen’s Gallery Foundation and Bangkok Bank PCL has organized this exhibition to honour and to commemorate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his boundless and gracious kindness to the Thai Art scene. In remembrance of His Majesty’s unlimited benevolence, this exhibition will present a total of 194 art pieces, including 124 art pieces (122 paintings and 2 sculptures) from Bualuang Paintings Contest winners, and 70 art pieces under the theme ‘The 70 Year Reign of Thailand’s Revered King Rama IX’, contributed by a variety of art students.
Until February 19
Venue: Bangkok CityCity Gallery
Since his breakout solo exhibition entitled The Underground Adventure, back in 2012, street artist Alex Face has taken the Bangkok art scene by storm. The painter, whose real name is Patcharapol Tangruen, almost always uses as his central character the iconic three-eyed animal costume wearing baby that can also be seen on many walls in and around this city’s urban landscape. His comical, but thought-provoking character has also adorned urban walls in other major cities, including Jakarta, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Now, four years later, Alex Face is back with his latest show, entitled Alive, which features more than 30 new artworks, including paintings and drawings, as well as large scale sculpture. The exhibition invites everyone into a fantastical world, where the famed “disillusioned child character” is lost in a waterlily pond—a loving nod to the Impressionists. But, like recent events happening in Thai society, even though the surface seems beautiful everything is stagnant and what lies underneath can be more than ominous at times.
The Blue Cinema
Until January 31
Venue: RMA Institute
The oil paintings of Nijsupa Nakaurai are derived from the impressions left by movie screens. The artist chooses the isolated, strange, or scary scenes to be her muses, and she creates aesthetically pleasing but illusive paintings based on scenes from the cinema—painting by observing the different living status, the ambiguity, and the loneliness that we are all facing in society. She modifies the scene, expands its space, and adds a mysterious and lonely feel with an oil painting technique that is realistic in style, finally becoming the illusive world of the artist. For the artist, film is the art of creating illusive images and narratives.
Mind the Monsoon
Until January 15
Venue: Gallery VER
Atit Sornsongkram creates illusion with photographic techniques in order to raise questions about the “realism” in photography. He uses image editing, which is similar to the way the painter paints on canvas. However, his work has a different visual result—it’s meant to “bother” our perception. It is not smooth like what we expect. To look at his photography makes us question the realness in the image under the neatly composed beauty. We want to believe in what we first see, but it is something different from what we expect. The resolution and the blurred focus make his work attractive and mysterious at once.
January 5-February 11
Venue: Tang Contemporary Art
Since 2004, Xia Xing has been creating agglomerative paintings, the size of whose individual units does not change within any one year. This was initially 70 x 100 cm, but changed to 140 x 200 cm in 2007 and 2008, becoming 35 x 50 cm after 2009. Painted content is all reproduced from photo images appearing in the same newspaper in the same period, so that whatever appears in the news is what the artist paints. His is a regimen of constant waiting, with even he himself unaware of when a work may be finished.
January 7-February 18
Venue: Kalwit Studio & Gallery
This exhibition has been created by Teeratat Namkeaw and Thanakorn Siriraks, two artists who are passionate about mythology and surrealism. They have also both chosen oil paint to intensify the realism and the liberty of expression to the best of their ability. Teeratat presents the dream sequence together with experiences from daily life, which are randomly arranged within the subconscious. Meanwhile, Thanakorn conveys the emotion that is propelled and circulated within the mind on the canvas. He does this by lessening the pigment and rigid surface—presenting much more than just a realistic style of painting.
A Boy Who Was Kidnapped by Time
January 7-February 25
Venue: Kathmandu Photo Gallery
A certain eerily dilapidated short-time motel in Suthisarn is a favourite location for filmmakers and photojournalists. The stories they get from it might revolve around the seedy cesspool of the melodramatic lives of cheap pimps and prostitutes. But for Harit Srikhao—a thoughtful and imaginative 4th year photography student at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang—it’s a universe that has locked away within its dimensions a haunting childhood memory, of a friend from middle school who had died young—the boy kidnapped by time, who’ll never grow up or grow old.
January 7-February 7
Venue: Sathorn 11 Art Space
This group exhibition features the art of Italian artist Sergio Voci (postponed from October, 2016) whose works will be on display together with six Thai artists— Oh Futon, P7, Aof Smith, Asin, Manasawii Jane, and Anchalee Arayapongpanich. This event, which is co-presented by Gfour Fine Wines, 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 in art galleries all over Europe.
Culture, Culture, Culture
January 7-February 28
Viewing hours: ATTA Gallery
This exhibition consists of three shows running simultaneously. The first is A Day Away, by Hnoss Initiative (SE), in which four young artists from HDK in Gothenburg each show a very personal way of expressing their thoughts through jewellery materials and techniques—representing the voice of Sweden. The second is a jewellery exhibit from Danish artist Mette Saabye entitled Off the Wall Mini Exhibition: Stone Poetry – A Slice of Home. Finally, the I-Land Mini Exhibition: Talisman of Kilombu show by Cece Nobre (Kilombu) showcases silver jewellery, including amulet lockets, protective pendants, and spirit rings.
January 13–February 13
Venue: Thonglor Art Space
This photo exhibition is by Polish-born photographer and filmmaker Zuzanna Kowalska, known for her ability to meld deep and personal interest into a narrative photography. Timemaker is about exploring a a day in the life of her 84-year-old grandfather Rajmund Kubiak, a watchmaker in a quaint small town in Poland. Having run his small clock and watch repair shop in the town center for nearly 55 years, repairing the town’s clock tower and antique clocks brought occasionally by collectors, Rajamund is known by everyone in the town for sharing his life stories with the townsfolk—including his agonizing pain of losing his 48 year-old son to cancer 13 years ago. in addition, his profession is slowly fading away and only a few with his type of craftsmanship are left in the country.
For One Meal
January 14-February 10
Venue: Numthong Gallery at Aree
The word “capitalism” can be defined into different contexts—such as financial, economic, social or political—and even into the social class context as well. For this show artist Surajate Tongchua asks the question: “Why the word capitalism is so powerful and contains great bargaining power in our society?” It may seem insignificant, but people are struggling to survive under the heavy weight of capitalism. Surajate explores the definition of consumption, external factors such as type of food, time, and occasion, as well as internal factors such as starvation, comfort, lifestyle and needs.
January 21-February 28
Venue: La Lanta Fine Art
This debut solo exhibition by renowned French sculptor Olivier Duhamel features a range of figurative nude sculptures inspired by classical anatomy with a mathematical intelligence to create elegant forms of human body in striking poses including lifestyle inspired Yoga postures. Duhamel combines his remarkable sculpting skill with the idea of geometric properties and spatial relations. Each of his sculptures consists of over 100 laser cut sheets, each of which is then meticulously assembled by hand to create a form of human body. The fluctuating lights of his acrylic works give a modern texture to his forms.
Venue: HOF Art Residency
The “00’s” group, an artist collective of 23 newly graduated students whose name is inspired by the 2000s (aka: the dawn of the new millennium), is presenting a show that will also feature an artist’s talk by Sakwut Wisesmanee, a famous artist leading the contemporary art scene in Thailand. Come and observe as these new talents try to create artworks that move Thai society forward and into the modern era, showcasing their mesmerizing oeuvres that each express—without any restriction—their individual identity in art, opinion, conscience toward society, and styles.
Looking and Seeing
January 21-February 26
Venue: S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre
Artist Pichai Pongsasaovapark presents an exhibition divided into three sections. The Deluge series ponders the impact of flooding and rising sea levels by soaking canvasses in tanks of water mixed with pollutants such as motor oil and household detergents. In the Drought series, he overlays photographs of drought-stricken rice farms in Northeast Thailand with photographs of the farmers most directly impacted by the unforgiving weather. In The Air We Breathe series, he creates seemingly beautiful images by capturing exhaust emissions from such motorized vehicles as motorcycles, automobiles, vans, trucks, plows, and rice combines.