In this commemorative group show, artists Bruno Tanquerel and Sujin Wattanawongchai both pay homage to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. As a father of three boys, born and raised in Thailand, Bruno admits that the King’s death in October affected him deeply, and that His Majesty’s love for art and culture inspired him to show respect with a series of portraits. Sujin, meanwhile, expresses his feelings through a series of abstract paintings inspired in part by his suburban studio, and by the music that the King composed—paintings created with a sense of harmony, energy, and expression. www.yenakartvilla.com
The education facilities provided in the average Thai classroom might not be enough for budding art students to become artistically inspired, or even just get their creative juices flowing. What can serve this need, and the desire to explore new experiences and seek out answers? Just to witness things isn’t enough for the creative mind.
Getting firsthand experience and having interaction with the subject matter is what ultimately inspires the four artists in this group exhibit. They embark on a journey across the world where they can explore to the fullest—similar to a bird seeing the world freely from the sky. This idea fills in missing pieces for these artists.
Each “journey” of each artist aims to satisfy their curiosity, and is portrayed in their own personal style—patterns, painting, artistic display, articles, and performance art. The purpose of their collaboration is to share these accumulated priceless moments and challenges. The result?… an artistic “journal”.
This new generation of artists is exemplified by Thapong Srisai, Pawan Chirano-Thai, Penpansa Thammanukul, and Chalida Asawakanjanakithas. Come explore the vastness of the world with them in this very unique group show. www.facebook.com/kalwitstudio
Didier Mayhew, a 49 year-old French-English photographer who resides in Nepal, is making his Bangkok debut. The photographer’s bond with the children in the photos is real and based on trust, built over three years of following around the nomadic families that hail from the Terai, the infamous ‘malarial lowlands’ between the Indian border and the Nepali Himalayan foothills. Unlike the much-photographed colourful Kathmandu Valley people and the iconic Sherpa, these are people who truly have nothing. Transcendent and profound, these apparently familiar images of poverty have been transformed through being seen by the “eyes of love”. www.kathmanduphotobkk.com
March 4–April 17 : Flash of Memory / Memory Lapse
This group exhibition, by three artists, explores various aspects of memory. Helene Le Chatelier touches on the idea of recording our own memories. In her work, continuous lines of writing can be seen as laboratory samples of heart beats, striving to analyze the universal and recurring question of living. Kwanchai Lichaikul presents part of his life story through chronological sequences of his life starting from the most distant memory from his childhood. Finally, Uten Mahamit dissects his large abstract painting into 13 various sized pieces, a metaphor of how one chooses to certain memories. lalanta.com
Spanish cartoonist Joan Cornella known for his black humor-laced six-panel comic strips, makes his Bangkok debut this month. His seemingly innocent characters touch on socially-inhibited topics via scenes of cannibalism, infanticide, deification, murder, suicide, and amputation. His cartoons have drawn widespread international acclaim, and this exhibition will showcase his canvases alongside limited-edition illustrations, T-shirts, and books for sale. The artist himself will be present—at least some of the time—signing copies of his books. Please note there is a B200 admission fee. www.facebook.com/futurefactorybkk
March 10-26 : CMYK Printmaking Exhibition
This printmaking exhibition presents works created by senior students of the Art Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University. The show includes skilled examples of silk printmaking, wood printmaking, and metal printmaking. The title of the show is derived from the ‘CMYK’ printing color system—C for cyan, M for magenta, Y for yellow, and K for black—all the colours needed to make, and print, virtually any other colour imaginable. And just like the CMYK system, the input of personal inspiration and experiences acquired can be transformed into uncalculated pieces of art. www.chamchuriartgallery.chula.ac.th
A graduate of the Faculty of Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University, the youthful artist Supasit Thrammaprasert delivers his first solo exhibition. The works share the same concept which, in the artist’s words, is “to attain the idealistic world as viewed by other people. When one thinks about an ideal world in contemporary times, sometimes it is not to be up in heaven in the afterlife, but perhaps somewhere else—such as Atlantis per Plato, or the Utopia of Sir Thomas Moore. At other times, it may be merely just to have a stable political outset in one’s country in order to have a better living condition.” www.facebook.com/sacbangkok
March 11–April 30 : On the Path of Different Cultures
The mixed media works of Thidarat Chantachua aim to bridge together the different cultures in this borderless world despite differences in the people’s beliefs—bringing forward the artist’s ideology in a contemporary and universal language. The artist’s semi-abstract works take visual cues and foundations from Arabic arts that are closely linked to Islam, which is also the artist’s religion. Islamic art is often characterized by its geometrical patterns (its fundamental concept of Tawhid), monotheism or oneness, and Mizon uniformity and harmony. This ancient philosophy of art is brought closer to contemporary audiences through the artist’s interpretation. www.facebook.com/sacbangkok
Until March 12 : Independent Artist’ 96 Group
The Independent Artist’ 96 Group—led by Mr. Saman Klungjaturat, together with over 300 member artists—has created over 600 remarkable art pieces for display and sale. The group’s members are comprised of professional and amateur artists from Thailand and abroad. The artists are adept at using multiple techniques such as watercolor, oil colour, acrylic, ceramic, and various forms of sculpture. A portion of the income derived from the sale will be presented to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, to be then allocated to a charitable organization of her choice. queengallery.org
Until March 18 : A Private Life
This photography exhibition showcases the work of Panida Srijaiis, a self-taught artist who is fond of shooting people and things around her. She began capturing these moments with a digital camera, and then switched to a disposable camera—a choice which made her realize that this new-found spontaneously could lead her into intimate areas. This show presents Panida’s everyday life, from the time she was studying nursing in Chiang Mai to the present day of her professional nursing career in Chiang Rai. This 26 year-old nurse, currently works at the Alternative Medicine Center in Chiang Rai. facebook.com/casespacerevolution
This group art show features new paintings and sculptures by six established and promising contemporary Thai artists—namely Therdkiat Wangwatcharakul, Santi Thongsuk, Kritsana Chaikitwattana, Chatchawan Amsomkid, Rattana Salee, and Sudaporn Phannil. The “inspirations”, ranging from the social and political to the spiritual and aesthetic, can be traced back to each artist’s life experience, as well as their surroundings, politics, and interactions with other artists. Each of the artist has chosen to transfer their unique instrument of cathartic release onto their preferred medium, creating powerful works of art. www.thavibuart.com
Chinese-born artist Wei Yifeng presents a groundbreaking new series of work in this show, exploring the “way of nature” philosophy of Taoism. Using various traditional ink painting and calligraphy formats, Yifeng has adapted the free spirit of “Wu Wei” in her work. She allows the natural energy channel through her brush, via ink and colour, onto the rice paper without intentionally manipulating it. The result is some amazing and spectacular paintings, veering away from the traditional formats. The artist’s work shows harmony among her applications with media and material, and the differential between forms and concepts. www.serindiagallery.com
March 28–April 29 : See Saw Seen VI
With the collaboration of Sony Thai Co. Ltd., Ardel’s Third Place Gallery is presenting a new edition of their celebrated photography exhibitions. This one, entitled ‘See Saw Seen VI’ is the 4th in the series. It showcases 13 Thai artists and photographers: Pishnu Supanimit, Dow Wasiksiri, Thavorn Ko-udomvit, Rachot Visalarnkul, Kanok Suriyasat, Surin Banyat-piyapoj, Nitikorn Kraivixien, Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch, Taweechai Jaowattana, Somsak Pattanapitoon, Tul Hirunyalawan, Urasha Jakkachaphol, and Charit Pusiri. Audiences will be met with a new series of remarkable works of art that reflect each artist’s particular ideas of how they see the world. thirdplacebangkok.com
Until March 30 : Carnival
Artist Franco Aguggiaro was born in Vigonza, Italy, and studied in Nice, London, Paris and Stockholm, before returning to Rome in the 1970s to study at the Academy of Art. Throughout his career, Franco’s associations with painters such as Giorgio de Chirico, Tommasi Ferroni, and Guzzi Schifano has afforded him the opportunity to learn many things. This month, as part of the Italian Festival in Thailand 2017, he presents a show entitled “carnival”—referring to the period during the week before Lent in Roman Catholic countries, involving music, dancing and the use of masquerade. sathorn11.com