6 art exhibitions in Bangkok not to miss this month
Until September 28
DUKE Contemporary Art Space
1F, Gaysorn Village, 999 Phloen Chit Rd
Viewing hours: Monday-Saturday, 11am to midnight.
Tel: 094 647 8888. | www.facebook.com/pg/duke.gaysorn
This show is a dual exhibition featuring the artwork of Yutthana Pongphasuk, who has been working in the art industry for a long time, and Napat Nanachin a new young artist who started working in the art industry with her uncle, the aforementioned Yutthana. Their version of “Kru” portrays another meaning of the word, which isn’t meant to convey the image of a teacher, but an “inspirer, pusher, and creator”. Thus there are, on display, many types of art reflecting both artists’ experiences. Through their pursuit of art they are led down a path of constant creativity and life learning, in turn symbolizing their meaning of KRU.
Until September 12
The Queen’s Gallery
101 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd.
Viewing hours: Thu-Tue, 10am-7pm
Tel: 02 281 5360 | www.queengallery.org
Gathering a total of 170 works of art from members of ‘The Rainbows’—Nuallaor Pintong, Kanchana Saisiriporn, Prammika Phruttinarakorn, Valnapas Jirasithithamrong, and Sukanya Vongvadhanaroj—together with those from Thailand’s renowned artist Somsak Raksuwan, as project consultant, this exhibition reflects upon the mouring period following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The show includes paintings of landscapes and flowers, and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Princess Pa Foundation, Thai Red Cross Society.
Until September 30
Yenakart Villa Art Gallery
69 Soi Prasart Suk, Yenakart Rd.
Viewing hours: Wed-Fri 2-7pm, Sat 11am-7pm
Tel: 081 902 9196 | www.yenakartvilla.com
This exhibition presents the remarkable body of work of Paul Lukin to the Thai public for the first time. This exhibition explores a decade-long quest to photograph joy and sorrow—a self-assigned project consisting of a series of black and white photographs taken in Southeast Asia from 2007 to 2017, exploring themes of loneliness and alienation in everyday life as well as a visual narrative of the economic and social issues, shown through the human element and an examination of conciseness. Although taken from a Southeast Asian perspective, the photos represent global challenges in the world today.
Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center (RCAC)
84 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd.
Viewing hours: Tue-Sun, 10am-7pm
Tel: 02 422 8827 | www.rcac84.com
This dual exhibition of Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch and Udom Udomsrianan, sees both artists pondering human behaviour—raising questions about how we react to certain circumstances. Supanichvorapah’s Mud series, a 7-year ongoing photography project, will be shown to the public for the first time. His photography represents the instant of encounter and reaction. Udomsrianan’s work, meanwhile, is a reciprocal view, revealing insights about the receiver. He recognizes the essentiality of pausing to ruminate, to gain a better understanding of a situation.
A Trace of Mortality
September 9-October 28
Kathmandu Photo Gallery
87 Soi Pan, Silom Rd.
Viewing hours: Tue-Sat, 11am-6pm
Tel: 02 234 6700 | www.kathmanduphotobkk.com
If any photographer could claim to “capture souls” then Eiffel Chong, Malaysia’s leading contemporary photographer, is the man. This exhibit is his first solo show in Thailand, consisting of 15 pieces from 15 years of creative production (from the turn of the century till now). The show is a vivid taste of the artist’s disquieting ability to fill the world with invisible watching eyes. In his black and white series, his ‘Haunted School’ (2001 -2002), empty of students, seems more like a haunted house. By contrast, in ‘Seascape’ (2014) a giant painted plaster crab seems to clack its claws in homage to the noon sun.
September 16-October 31
Thavibu Art Gallery
4F, Jewelry Trade Center Building (Suite 435), 919/1 Silom Rd.
Viewing hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm
Tel: 02 266 5454 | www.thavibuart.com
This dual exhibition features two remarkably different styles of artwork, some created by established artist Santi Thongsuk and some by upcoming artist Sittivut Yavichai. Yet their art shares one thing in common: “fluidity”. Santi’s paintings depict the human body as instruments, rendering the possibility of fluidity of movement through a highly developed kinesthetic awareness involving strength, mobility, and coordination. Sittivut’s mosaic art of reflective coloured glass is inspired by his deep interest of the phenomena of light reflection, architectural edifice, and nature.