We may be floating in the wettest month of the year, yet Bangkokians always seem to find a way beat the rain. After all, September has brought some spectacular counter-culture exhibitions and art galleries for all of us to experience the season through a lens of world-class talents. Here, we’ve put together a list of 10 must-see exhibitions you need to visit in Bangkok this September 2019. From plastic-curated dinosaur figures to the exploration of the contemporary social structure of our society, let’s see how many of these exhibitions in Bangkok you can visit before the month’s end.
STRATA will take you down Madrid’s memory lane, where a staged environment will blur the lines between reality and illusions. This year’s pop-up exhibition by PhotoBangkok is focusing on contemporary social structure. Art enthusiasts can dig deep and immerse themselves into the never-ending layers of life that continues to unfold and reveal the complexity within countless circumstances. The pop-up exhibition features 5 showcases and 7 artists, challenging you to see what’s beyond the smokescreen.
Nothing in this world can be stronger than the relationship between a mother and child. See how the foundation of love and faith is beautifully depicted in National Artist Tawee Ratchaneekorn’s “Mommy Hug” art exhibition. Definitely bring your mum along.
Keeping the concept of “Nothing is Useless” alive, Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji has transformed unwanted toys into roaring dinosaurs and animals — giving it the name “Jurassic Plastic”. After it’s successful exhibition last year during Sydney Festival 2018, Hiroshi Fuji brings his incredible large-scale exhibition to Bangkok to blow our mind with his ingenious creativity. The Jurassic Plastic continues to play the role of an art-antidote to the massive waste that has plagued our society. So far, the master himself has collected over 50,000 plastic items, which is just the tip of the iceberg. Visitors can feel free to donate their old unwanted toys or items and attend the workshops held for children and adults.
Reflecting our everyday life phenomena, RIFTS: Thai Contemporary Artistic Practices in Transition brings artwork archives of 13 artists that explore the borderline of meanings, hierarchy, class, gender issues, and other aspects of cultural and social structure. Reminiscent of the movement of modern art in Thailand, this exhibition reflects the thriving period between the late 1980s into the 2000s. If you are on the lookout to learn more about Thailand’s cultural history, then this one is a treat for your eyes.
When we think Renaissance, we think Leonard Da Vinci. Rejoicing the 500th anniversary of one of the most influential artists, Da Vinci, Opera Omnia will bring 17 of Da Vinci’s most celebrated masterpieces to life via digital HD projection, allowing us to see the exact dimensions of the original artwork. For the very first time, River City Bangkok will be boasting their backlighting system to paint the canvas with the perfect ingredient of light intensity and colour temperature. Not to mention, the “Mona Lisa” and the rarely seen “The Last Supper” is an all-time favourite and is admired by all.
Crayon Art always brings a spin to the artsy world with their wild texture and vivacity. 333 Gallery has brought 6 talented Thai Crayon artists for the very first crayon exhibition called “All and Nothing”. Consider it an inspiration to bring back that inner artist within you.
Do you also believe that the abundance of love is anywhere and everywhere? Empowering this belief, “Love Any Time” brings Leland Lee’s imaginative works at River City Bangkok. If bold, rainbow-like hues and recreated landscapes into collage-like memories fascinate you, then head to see Lee’s world of vibrancy and joy. Each painting here is a reflection of Leland’s life experiences.
“A place of imagination is at the edge of truth.” Pondering over the notion of truth and its various level of acceptance, ‘Imagination Sanctuary’ by Phuthip Chantaraksa is all about pushing through the comfort zones of the psychological world within the human mind. You’ll see Phuthip’s six most recent oil paintings like never imagined before.
Can you imagine summer without a beach? To express all the aspects of summertime vacations in notable locations around the world, YellowKorner is introducing a series of collections by world-famous photographers (Richard Hirst, Ludwig Favre, Franck Bohbot, and Jorg Dickmann) in Bangkok. Marvel over Hirst’s dreamy surreal seascape with fluffy cloud-like bubbles entitled “Cloud Surfers” that will also give you a snippet of his childhood days at Sydney’s beautiful beaches; or simply travel the world virtually via this French-based Lifestyle Photography gallery and tick off your travel bucket list. Whilst the art exhibition is here to stay, don’t miss out on the chance to meet the master himself, Laurent Baheux, to hear all the stories behind each limited-edition photograph on 16 September 4-7pm at YellowKorner.
A perfect way to sum up a typical rainy day in Bangkok. With our imaginations running a little wild and a little drizzly, this art offering is all about the untold stories we hear ‘if it rained on that day’. This chic gallery by Ease Around at Ponder & Paste offers the cosy laid-back ambiance of a coffeehouse – ideal for sipping your freshly grounded coffee while you enjoy the beauty of rain.