6 Art Exhibitions in Bangkok Not to Miss this Month
September 12 – October 5
States of Suspension
Thavibu Art Gallery
41 Soi 48, Chokechai 4 Rd | 061 616 2383, 02
538 6013 | Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm | thavibuart.com
Thavibu Art Gallery showcase 12 oil and acrylic on canvas paintings this month by two well-known Thai artists, Santi Thongsuk and Therdkiat Wangwatcharakul, in the exhibition titled States of Suspension, curated by Lesley D. Junlakan.
The first exhibition to be held in Thavibu’s new gallery premises, the paintings run the gamut of figures gracefully suspended in ethereal space; rusting vehicles running on outmoded suspension; and passengers suspended by their tight grips on a boat’s rails, while the viewer exerts Coleridge’s ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ in order to fully embrace the artists’ very different worlds.
The muscular, supremely supple figures in Santi Thongsuk’s Motion in Pink, Motion in Orange and Gentle Fly, are more than a little reminiscent of some of William Blake’s works, and seem aerodynamically suspended in their monochrome, boldly-brushed, space. In the haunting Another Journey Begins, the not immediately detectable, ethereal figure drifts enigmatically above the quasi-religious paraphernalia, dominated by the surreal blue skull.
Therdkiat Wangwatcharakul’s canvases, like much of his work, exude a sense of melancholia and compassionate nostalgia for a way of life which has either vanished or been pushed out of sight behind Bangkok’s sleek, ultra-modern veneer. Two vehicles are depicted in bold, strong strokes: are the distinctive splashes on the canvases raindrops or are they symbolic of the vehicles’ distressed, corroding metal bodywork? The work At San Saeb portrays vulnerable, crammed commuters on an odorous Bangkok canal, suspended in their daily journey: they represent the underbelly of the metropolis, on a par with the stray dog cowering under the rusting jalopy in Pinky.
Santi Thongsuk and Therdkiat Wangwatcharakul are both well-established and highly-regarded award-winning artists with an impressive history of solo, duo and group exhibitions in Thailand, as well as elsewhere in Southeast Asia, Europe and beyond. In 2000 Santi was represented at the Christie’s auction in Bangkok, ‘Important Thai Paintings’, while Therdkiat was awarded the Jurors’ Choice Prize in the ASEAN Art Awards in the same year.
September 1-27 October
Kathmandu Photo Gallery
87 Soi Pan, Silom Rd | 02 234 6700
Tue-Sat, 11am-6pm | kathmanduphotobkk.com
BTS Chong Nonsi
Many Rivers invokes the psychic creatures of Southeast Asia: dredged up from the collective unconscious, the magnetic shape of a hooded cobra with a woman’s wistful face; a young maiden in a sabai, alone beside a jungle stream—a place and time where magic, terrible or otherwise, happens. For 12 luminous years, artist Bruce Gundersen has immersed himself in fairy tales from foreign lands. These unique stories and sacred initiations have come down to us from Southeast Asian prehistory, filtered through Buddhist, Hindu and Animist cosmology. Despite his New York roots, Gundersen belongs to this tradition.
Until 9 September
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
939 Rama I Rd | 02 214 6630-8 | Tue-Sun, 10am-9pm
bacc.or.th | BTS National Stadium
With the arrival of the 21st century, photographs are posted, reposted, and shared among hundreds of millions of users across the globe. From a still and lifeless media, photography, for the first time, has been transformed into a flexible media popularised and mobilized to every corner of the world. Post-Repost-Share narrates the contemporary tales that intertwine the multitude of social contexts in Southeast Asia. The similarity in stories or events told by Southeast Asian countries may serve to inspire the audience to look beyond themselves, and their borders, in order to realise the continental community of which 11 countries are a part of.
Until 16 September
S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre
Soi Phrom Chit, Sukhumvit 39 | 02 662 0299
Tue-Sat, 10am-5.30pm, Sun, 12pm-6pm
facebook.com/sacbangkok | BTS Phrom Phong
Suppakijjumnong’s artworks act as significant records, inscribing the connecting and interweaving of diverse cultures. Thai alphabets express the strength of national culture whereas English is the international language which is important for communication all around the world. With her outstanding ability, the language barriers collapse; and there remains only the implication of the language, the visual aesthetics of works and the attractiveness of letters. The Typeface exhibition connects people with the sensation of happiness and valuable memory that the artist creates with great care.
Until 23 September
2198/10-11 Soi Narathiwat 22 | 02 103 4067
Tue-Sat, 12pm-6pm | facebook.com/galleryver
Our Sunshine is a solo exhibition by Kata Sangkhae. The name is inspired from a novel written by Australian writer, Robert Drewe. The story tells the life of a great thief of the 19th century, Ned Kelly, a commoner who was abused by the power of the state and later became a thief. In the era where law does not exist to serve the people, but rather serves the power of the state, as told in the story of this great thief. Kata used this tale of the outlaw hero as a tool to explain the current condition of Thailand, that despite a long history of nation building, should have become a stable country, yet still faces situations that seems to bring the nation back to an era prior to state building.
Until 5 October
40th Bualuang Paintings Exhibition
The Queen’s Gallery
101 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd | 02 281 5360
Thu-Tue, 10am-7pm | queengallery.org
The stunning and diverse 40th Bualuang Paintings Exhibition is an exhibition featuring the entries of 118 paintings from 90 artists. After professionally selecting and judging, there are 9 awarded pieces and 49 displayed pieces for viewers to grasp at the artist’s concept of creating masterpieces in one of the most historic prestigious art stages in Thailand. The panel of judging committee, led by Emeritus Professor Kamchorn Soonpongsri, has chosen the award winning pieces; covered in three categories including Traditional Thai painting, Semi-Traditional Thai painting, and Contemporary painting.