It’s October, which means it’s Pumpkin Spice Latte season, and there’s nothing better you should be doing than sipping that cuppa with some art.
As we sweetly swing into the autumnal season, we’ve got plenty of eye-opening art and culture happenings to explore this month. Here, we’ve put together a list of 10 must-see exhibitions you need to visit in Bangkok this October 2019. From exquisite Persian carpets from Iranian palaces, over to dark and erotic controversial illustrations by a Japanese guro manga artist (clearly, we are ready for Halloween here), let’s see how many of these exhibitions in Bangkok you can visit before the month’s end.
[Hero Image & Feature Image: Hajime Sorayama]
Visualise some brightly-coloured land art in a 2.5 dimension on the textures of abstract oil paintings within all kinds of frames – from iron to stainless steel. To celebrate the opening of their new space in Bangkok, Tang Contemporary Art has brought a solo exhibition by artist Chen Zihao. Peek into Chen’s birds-eye views, where layered patterns of the earth meet the vibrant hue of the sky.
We probably gaze at the moon every day, and yet it’s so strange that it still manages to fascinate us every single time. Lunar photography is one way to express this intriguing beauty in all of its phases, whether it’s a crescent moon or full moon. This group photography exhibition by Sophirat Maungkum, Tanawut Ngamwutthiwong, Kamthorn Unsab, and Poomjai Attanun, highlights the experiences and techniques via classic shades of black and white.
Between the lines where genuine emotional experiences start breaking barriers, that’s where Hom Nguyen has built his artistic journey. “Racines” (or “Roots”) is his latest collection where Nguyen strives to bend the rules — also reflected in his impulsive drawing techniques. Find out why, in such a short time, Nguyen’s work has become a darling among art lovers around the world.
Known as the grandmaster of grotesque and a Japanese guro manga artist, Shintaro Kago curates art that leaves you in awe — even if at times it is unpleasant. He is best known for his psychedelic illustrations and dark controversial pieces that are often called ‘fashionable paranoia’. Step into this dark place and get a glimpse of his strange world.
From meticulous details on garments to the stunning runway of New York City, there are no boundaries for Hanyu Cui’s work of art. For the first time, talented Chinese artist Hanyu Cui’s work will be exhibited in Thailand. Just like the name of the exhibition (a direct translation of Cui’s name), the oil-acrylic art here is a reflection of all his stirring ideas that are rubbed into the canvas.
Here you will see ‘Art Brut’ — an aesthetic that explores a genre of creativity; unveiling of hidden dialogues, and essence of rawness. You rarely experience such a pleasant sight of digging history. “Figure of Unknown Beauty” is an initiation to bring Japan and Thailand together to shed a light on the Japanese and Thai Brut movement that has often been neglected.
Explore a series of 30 black and white photographs shot by the Leica M7 that blend eroticism and fine art, all captured by the most critically acclaimed Japanese photographer, Nobuyoshi Araki. Araki is known for his intimate and radical depiction of women, often seen in the most sensual manner. The images curated here for Leica Gallery Bangkok are a documentary study of the artists’ own life experiences.
For the first time in Bangkok, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand will bring an exciting new exhibition in collaboration with the ‘EYE See Me’ project and Sarnelli House Foundation. Here, you will step into the shoes of these children as they capture their unique story in a photograph. The ‘EYE See Me’ project is a charity fundraiser for disadvantaged children in South East Asia which uses photography to help children regain their confidence. Get a chance to see an insightful collection of some thought-provoking and moving images taken by the children.
Sorayama Space Park is making its global debut this month at Central Embassy, which also commemorates the mall’s 5th Anniversary. Expect to travel beyond the universe with some botanical floral displays and aluminum-made sculptures that come to life. This time, Japanese artists Hajime Sorayama and AMKK go beyond their superrealist style and android pin-ups. The opening is on Wednesday 16th October, which will include a meet & greet session with the artists at Siwilai Store.
At the Bangkok Persian Carpet Exhibition, you will step into a home inspired by an Iranian palace, only to find a mesmerising odyssey of more than 30 Persian carpets. There will be a showcase of an elegant grand piano (aged over 140 years), exciting audio playback, and even classic cars on display. Get ready to be enlightened by the interesting anecdotes that will reveal the connection between Persian carpets and Thai silk.