Art sits in the beating heart of Bangkok and pumps life and new perspectives into what would otherwise be a very dull sight. And when it comes to the city’s more creative side, there are no end of cool and fun exhibitions to visit and spend your days wandering around. We’ve put together a list of 10-must-see exhibitions you need to visit in Bangkok this March 2019, because if it’s on our radar, it should definitely be on yours too. From Chinatown inspired exhibitions to meaningful art from the heart, let’s see how many of these exhibitions in Bangkok you can visit before the month’s end!
One of our favourite Bangkok-based illustrators, Sundae Kids has put together a one-of-a-kind exhibition that tells the tale of special moments and depictions generated from the saying ‘This is for you’. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own lives that we forget the important things we need to say to those closest to us: this exhibition is living proof that art has the power to do just that.
During this exhibition, the identities of four reputable Thai artists unravel together to create a dynamic never before seen. The artists are Prateep Kochabua with a focus on surrealism, portrait artist Sawat Wisesmanee, prominent portrait artist of the subtle Art Nouveau style Suradej Kaewthamai and Anupong Chantorn, a new generation artist. Having spent the past year working towards this momentous occasion, each of the artists have selected their own masterpieces that will be on display.
In this Berlin-Ratchaburi dialogue, porcelain Master Stefanie Hering and Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch bring their talents to Goethe-Institut Thailand, fusing together the traditions of German and Thai ceramic art. The exhibition will be dedicated to both the traditional craft of pottery while also highlighting the striking similarities between the methods of both cultures.
Swedish photographer Goran Ehren – who some may know as the father of Miss Universe Thailand 2017, Maria Lynn Ehren or Maria Poonlertlarp – spent a lot of time in 2018 watching and capturing the daily life of the market in Chinatown. What he realised was that the porters are the ones that give the market its unique buzz. In this intriguing collection of photographs, Ehren unearths a new way of looking at the men and women who make the market possible. You can view the photographs in the Neilson Hays Library as well as in the Garden Cafe next door
The term ‘rite of passage’ is interpreted differently the world over, and in the case of Sebastià Galbany, the artist injects his own understanding using his personal experiences of ‘coming of age’ and ‘becoming a man’. This important and human metamorphosis is captured most vividly in his photography, his medium to escape the autopilot of normal life and truly come into his own. In this exhibition, viewers will come to see the meaningful connections he’s developed along the way as a result of his lens and you can determine for yourself whether he’s created something truly impactful.
Exploring the themes of societal, familial and gendered expectations, Chinese American artist Xia Zhang and Thai illustrator Kanitharin Thailamtong present works that examine the roles their cultures have placed on them over time. What surfaces are visual vocalisations of the societal pressures and toxic norms that have ensnared society, challenging viewers to address their involvement with such systems.
Luxury boutique hotel 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok continues with its famous Art Rotation series, this time celebrating Thailand’s top talent through showcasing the works of the multi-award-winning artist Therdkiat Wangwatcharakul in the series’ second edition. Therdkiat is presenting two new collections, namely ‘Home Boats’, which revolves around the vessels that live on the Chao Phraya River, and the second collection which uses the subtle interplay between light and shadow on old architecture to remind viewers of the beauty of the world that surrounds us.
In this particular exhibition by Thai artist Jedsada Tangtrakulwong, – presented by Nova Contemporary – weather is everything. The weather of the day will determine the look of the installations, as a cloudy day will show something completely different to a sunny day. Well-known for his site-specific works and installations, the artist builds his installations in direct relation to the architectural structures of the space to instigate a conversation around, and appreciation of, the beauty of architectural details in buildings. It’s all a bit uncertain isn’t it? That’s what we love!
In this duo exhibition of two talented and up-and-coming Thai artists, Attasit Pokpong and Chamnan Chongpaiboon wish to create a dialogue with each other centred around an emphasis on the woman as the key visual. The exhibition sees surreal super-cropped portraits of women in different lights – and shadows – to accentuate their expressions, beauty and features in changing and colourful degrees of abstraction.
This exhibition features photographs from British photgrapher Yvan Cohen, whose career as a photojournalist spans over 30 years, with works published in a range of international publications such as on the cover of ‘Time’ magazine and ‘The New York Times’. Most recently, Yvan has been working as a Director of Photography and videographer for local and international television networks.