July is blessing us with some fresh new energy and aspiration to make the rest of 2020 a better year.
It is probably the wettest month of the year, but hey, nothing can stop us from marching over those puddles with our fancy boots and stylish umbrellas. There’s a kick to passing the hurdle to finally see a bundle of inspiration emerging out of artwork. Given that Bangkok has touched phase 5 and we are looking forward to more ‘hangouts’ and ‘outings,’ there couldn’t be a better place than an art exhibition. We are pleased to see plenty of art and cultural happenings reopening 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 — especially, when art is the greatest therapy to beat the fear of the pandemic.
From urban street art inspired by the ’80s to art curated during the quarantine period in Thailand, here we’ve put together a list of 10-must-see exhibitions you need to visit in Bangkok this July 2020, because if it’s on our artsy radar, it should definitely be on yours too. This month, art is our shield to summer rains.
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Do you love collecting vintage items? Antique Artery Showcase happens to be a hub of antiques and decorative items, presenting beautiful pieces from different expert traders. Think, a Cabinet with Buddhist Scriptures from Japan (1928) or Cocoon Jar from China (206 B.C. – 220 A.D.). There’s even Siam Gold Inlaid Tonsure Shears from the early Rattanakosin period. Incredible.
Where artworks form various styles meet art lovers. “Cross Over” is an art group that’s been established by Peddy Pot (Yashiro Hiroyuki), a graphic artist who has been exhibiting internationally. He aims to open doors for artists from various genres — from painters to performers — to offer a platform for them to shine. Come by and enjoy a myriad of art from different walks of life.
Whilst we have moved forward from the lockdown period, going through quarantine was probably one of the most difficult experiences for many. Kak, which literally means to ‘limit the area for living’ in Thai — or in this case, ‘quarantine’ — is what this exhibition is all about. During the quarantine, the artists were not only limited to space (physically) but also the space of thinking and to let it all out. This exhibition presents all those struggles spent during the period of quarantine via photography and visual media.
We all need to just stop doing what we are doing and take a break. It’s necessary. Stroll by the exhibition with your mates, sip some coffee, take some snaps, and live in the moment while gazing over the artworks. That’s what “It’s Okay To Take a Nap” is all about.
Have you been hunting for some urban or street art? The newest haven for art connoisseurs, Aurum Gallery has opened its doors in the heart of Charoen Krung. Inspired by New York’s golden era of graffiti culture in the 80s’, the gallery is a celebration of internationally-acclaimed artists Clifford Price (MBE) a.k.a Goldie and is a platform for an exciting pool of local and regional talents to shine. The gallery will be exhibiting various masterpieces such as Belin’s ‘Mickey Confinament’, Goldie’s ‘Apache Girl’, and many more works.
Nothing stays permanent, but we all have some happy or sad moments that we want to cherish. This time, “Holding Onto Joy” has returned with an individual exhibition of artist Suwannee Sarakana, who has created her works with oil paint based on the concept of love and happiness that we surround ourselves with. Think about floating balloons that signify the fragile things in life we need to cultivate and raise.
We all have that internal conflict — our thoughts, our feelings — that often becomes our enemy. To lift ourselves out of that pit hole, we need an anchor, and that anchor is art. A reflection on how art could rescue one’s mind from its greatest conflict, Phongsakorn Mahapaurya is bringing his work for the first time to WOOF PACK. Curated by Karn Chatikavanij, drop by this exhibition for a dose of inspiration and enlighten yourself.
Whilst we were all under quarantine and spent weeks at home in self-isolation, there were artists out there discovering and turning everything around them into a piece of art. River City Bangkok invited everyone (including amateur and professional artists) to create their own artworks at home to contribute to the online campaign #ArtNoDistance. RCB will be presenting some of the artworks featuring 7 categories — self-reflection, new activities, Covid-19 and masks, the city, conceptualism, love expression, and escape.
Take a look back in history via Dona’s series of acrylic portraits. Dona’s series explores exceptional, revolutionary, and controversial women of modern history who have been distinguished in their own fields. Lead by Mannoubia Bouazizi and Sayda al-Manashe, as seen in ”The Protester,” there is much more to the story than can be seen. Come take a closer look and you might just figure it out.
You may ask: how to make a ponzu? Simply add shoyu and lemon, and mix them with fish stock. Nothing could be created with only one material or ingredient. The artist, MM.Kosum, loves experimenting and fusing and thus, she never uses one material. Despite being known for painting, she still leaves traces of surface scraping like when she works on clay. The art exhibition is a pure reflection of her drawing on a wooden plank with spray paint, pencil trace, powder colour — all boiling down to that home journey.