Whilst we swing into the most joyful season and gear up for the much-awaited ‘Loy Krathong festival (and Christmas and New Years soon to follow), luckily, November is blessed not only with the good vibes but lots of inspiring and eye-opening art exhibitions to explore, too.
Here, we’ve put together a list of 10 must-see exhibitions you need to visit in Bangkok this November 2019. From witnessing works from the century-old printmaking technique called “Mezzotint” to a photo exhibition opening up a conversation about objectification, let’s see how many of these exhibitions in Bangkok you can visit before the month’s end.
The ‘Belle Douleur’ exhibition, which means as much as “beautiful pain” in French, unveils Melanie Greis’s work covering all her sufferings and inner feelings onto the canvas. Melanie Gries was a patient of depression and often felt suicidal, so to liberate herself, she created images of her death several times through drawings.
Every time you smell a particular fragrance, does it remind you of something? The aroma of coffee may remind you of your family holidays or the smell of pine may tinge your heart with a feeling of loneliness. Discover which scent reminds you of your fondest memories here as you walk through the exhibition.
Sometimes, what appears to be normal, is not what it seems. Explore this phenomenon through Pamda Bure’s digital world and travel beyond conventional boundaries. The playful use of illustration in this photography exhibition will offer you a new perspective that might be surprisingly bizarre. Be ready to expect the unexpected here.
History geeks, here’s your chance to revisit your Asian history chapters. You don’t need to fly to China to witness the 2,799-years-old Terracotta Army of the Qin Dynasty. The highlights of this exhibition include some life-size archers, housemaid-inspired figures from the Han Dynasty, gold and emerald carved animal figures, and many more artefacts from this glorious period.
The paintings in this exhibition explore the contradiction between the things people value with those they are trying to hide. ‘Inflorescence’ is a duo exhibition that will display works from Silpakorn University. The first artist, Warawut Tourawong will be presenting ‘Floral Pattern’ whilst Theekawut Boonvijit will display his series ‘Blooming Garden’.
Looking for some raw, unconventional art? For its seventh edition of the Art Rotation series, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok brings works of outside artists and street artists to celebrate local talents. The exhibition will support two foundations – Na Kittikoon Foundation and the Autistic Thai Foundation – who use visual art and handicrafts to encourage individuals with special needs. Get a glimpse of the peace and comfort found within the curator’s world at Baan Borneo Club and Louie’s Tiffin Grill. Not to mention, the foundations are holding workshops on November 23-24 and December 7-8 2019, if you want to pull out the artist within you.
Travel back in time and witness the century-old printmaking technique called ‘Mezzotint’ from the 17th century. What is Mezzotint? It’s the creation of prints with mild gradations of velvety tones. At the M3ZZOTINT exhibition by Oya Aydin, expect to see sentimental printworks of three artists — Kraisak, Wal, and Kit Chirachaisakul. Given that this printing technique is from the 17th to 19th century, be ready to see famous paintings from the era, too.
This photo art exhibition is a medium to express the issue of objectification in the entertainment industry, where teens and women are often targeted. The exhibition presented by IKIGAI X Murasaki Studio X Joyman gallery also brings the culture of ‘photo set selling’ as a tool to express and recreate art pieces for “Girls, Not Objects”. Part of the revenue collected from this exhibition will be donated to the United Nations Entity and the Empowerment of Women.
Want to explore the dimensions of reality through time and space? Jump into Gongkan’s “Teleport” by peeking into the three different aspects of life – Timeless, Dining, and Insomnia. Kantapon Metheekul, who is also famously known as “Gongkan”, explores his life between Bangkok and New York that resonates in his works. Step into Gongkan’s time machine and treat yourself to some personal time.
Japanese artist Yoshiki Hase’s first solo exhibition in Bangkok, ‘181 Degrees’ explores new dimensions of natural landscapes. Expect to be amazed by the level of imaginations he captures in his photographs perplexing images of geometric and material objects. It adds a little drama to the landscape, to build the excitement that you’ve been hoping to see.