Keep calm and hang on to some art this August.

It’s hot and humid out there, but this month already feels like the Sunday of summer. From prepping up for Thai Mother’s Day celebrations to enjoying post-lockdown activities, don’t forget to breathe the sweetness of freedom this August with some art, too.

We are pleased to see plenty of art and cultural happenings openings for us to explore this month, serving our souls a cocktail of inspiration. Bangkok is a vivaciously bright city that pumps life into each of its vibrant streets, so you simply can’t miss out on all the new seeds blooming this month. From the inspiring works of the iconic Andy Warhol to shedding some light onto ‘the existence of things,’ here we’ve put together a list of 10-must-see exhibitions you need to visit in Bangkok this August 2020. If it’s on our artsy radar, it should definitely be on yours, too.

[Hero & Feature Image credit: Kalwit Studio & Gallery]

1
Studio of the East

Stroll through the different walks of life with this exhibition by La Lanta Fine Art that explores works by Thai, Indonesian, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Burmese artists. The exhibition displays 24 paintings, printmaking, and mixed media artwork that shed a light on different cultures and livelihoods through illustrative and abstract structures. It’s like you are experiencing different cultures without actually traveling to the respective countries.

Address
River City Bangkok, 373/2 Charoen Krung Soi 45, Bang Rak, 10500
Website
Phone
+66 2 652 2732
Start Date
Today
End Date
August 31, 2020
2
The Silver Lining Project

Are you looking for that silver ray of hope that could light our way forward? Drop by for some inspiration and nurture the optimism you’ve been seeking. theCOMMONS have been celebrating art within the community with their pop-up shop at both theCOMMONS Thonglor and theCOMMONS Saladeng.

Address
The Commons Saladeng, 126 Sala Daeng 1 Alley, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok
Website
Phone
+66 80 281 8339
Start Date
Today
End Date
September 19, 2020
3
Unformative Exhibition

Sometimes we are just in an unfamiliar state where we are unable to really express our true feelings or often end up ignoring it. However, through abstract art we can not only visualise the art but feel the art. Head to the Unformative Exhibition to find out more.

Address
Yelo House, 20 2 Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok
Website
Phone
+66 98 469 5924
Start Date
Today
End Date
August 31, 2020
4
Stuff Matters

We often take physical things for granted — either we throw them away or store them for centuries. This exhibition sheds a light on how important ‘the existence of things’ is. Artist Watcharapong Khunart and Akaraphon Phiphatpokaphol bring up scared objects and offerings that give gain even deeper meaning through art.

Address
Kalwit Studio & Gallery (Ruamrudee soi 2, BTS Ploenchit exit 4)
Website
Phone
+66 22544629
Start Date
July 17, 2020
End Date
August 30, 2020
5
ATTA ATTA

These artworks reflect two concepts: “destiny” and “ego.” This group art exhibition by eight artists has been inspired by the shrine and the concept of Esiimsi Chinese traditional fortune-telling.

Address
Class Cafe, Samyan, CU Art 4C, 1559 Rama IV Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 
Website
Phone
+66 93 809 7614
Start Date
August 3, 2020
End Date
August 30, 2020
6
Pollution By Gongkan x Naraphat Sakarthornsap

Whether it’s the pollution we sense in the air that’s been damaging our planet or the pollution in our mind that’s been damaging our soul, it’s increasing every day at a very alarming rate. This exhibition by Gongkan x Naraphat Sakarthornsap offers us a space to understand this concept of “pollution” and how we could change our behaviour to reduce it from contaminating our environment today and in the future.

Address
River City Bangkok, 373/2 Charoen Krung Soi 45, Bang Rak, 10500
Website
Phone
+66 2 652 2732
Start Date
August 7, 2020
End Date
October 4, 2020
7
Andy Warhol: Pop Art

There’s no doubt that art lovers have been eagerly anticipating to see this iconic art exhibition for the first time in Thailand. Not only was Andy Warhol a leading figure of the Pop Art movement during the 1960s, but his work was spotted everywhere — from performing arts to filmmaking and writing. In this exhibition, we will witness a private collection of 128 original works and memorabilia including the very famous Campbell’s Soup Can, Silk Printing, and so much more. Not to mention, there will also be complimentary insightful lectures when purchasing the exhibition tickets.

Address
River City Bangkok, 373/2 Charoen Krung Soi 45, Bang Rak, 10500
Website
Phone
+66 2 652 2732
Start Date
August 12, 2020
End Date
November 24, 2020
Ticket Price
THB 200 - THB 690
8
The Sea Ghost and Beyond

Digging deep into how discarded fishing nets create havoc on sea life, this exhibition by Nova Contemporary explores the interlinked relationship between humankind and our environments. Ploenchan Vinyaratn decided to weave a utopian vision by exploring these unwanted scraps of sea waste and fabrics, to construct something beautiful out of it.

Address
Nova Contemporary, Ground Floor of Baan Somthavil, Soi Mahadlek- Luang 3, Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, Thailand,, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 
Website
Phone
+66 90 910 6863
Start Date
August 14, 2020
End Date
September 19, 2020
9
"Distance Brings Us Closer" By Reenp

Have you been missing your loved ones? That’s the power of distance. It really makes you appreciate the value of that one person in your life. Being away makes you realise how much you’ve probably overlooked and how much you miss them when they are not around. Here’s some art dedicated to those feeling closer to their bae with this whole social distancing fiasco.

Address
Josh Hotel, 19 2 Ari 4 Fang Nua Alley, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 
Website
Phone
+66 2 102 4999
Start Date
August 15, 2020
End Date
August 30, 2020
10
Apertruth Exhibition

Whether we are firmly entering an era of “Late Capitalism” or battling between the values of truth being heavily put upon ourselves, when things get complicated, we started concentrating harder on the judgments we make. Discovering the deeper reality and uncovering the inner knowledge, this exhibition sheds light on various levels of truth. Make a visit for a dose of enlightenment.

Address
S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre, 160/3 Soi Sukhumvit 39, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok
Website
Phone
+66 2 662 0299
Start Date
August 22, 2020
End Date
October 21, 2020
Alisha Pawa
Writer
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.