It’s time to slowly sway into the festive spirit. It’s already November.
As we bounce into the penultimate month of the year, Bangkok is already in the mood to celebrate. Luckily, November is also blessed with lots of inspiring and eye-opening art exhibitions to explore, too. From redefining the norms of fashion illustration to expressing the notion of unconditional love through art, here we’ve put together a list of 10 must-see exhibitions you need to visit in Bangkok this November 2020. If it’s on our artsy radar, it should definitely be on yours, too.
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What is unconditional love for you? While there is no perfect definition for love in this world, this work of art explains this notion in two forms: the neurological and the religious. According to Neuroscience, love is divided into two types: romantic love and mother’s love (or unconditional love). This exhibition is an expression of loves in various aspects and it brings together different artists to convey their story and share their perspectives.
We know that broken things can never be fixed. But just the thought or willingness to mend broken things speaks volumes. Bringing those little pieces back together requires time, skill, and effort almost equal to creating new pieces. Accepting the broken piece is like accepting those flaws just the way they are. This solo exhibition by Sumanatsya Voharn juxtaposes this situation to our journey of life, including, for instance, how many times we try to mend our minds. Is there something broken that you need to fix too? Drop by for some inspiration.
What was “Thai Park” called in Berlin? Digging deep to answer this puzzle, this exhibition is presented in collaboration with the un.thai.tled collective Berlin, and with the support of the Goethe Institut Thailand. It questions the identity beyond the nation, which gains additional power and urgency in a world of increasing nationalism, the thickening of borders, and the rise of xenophobia. Curious? You need to come by to find out what “Thai Park” is really about.
Need a dose of nature? ‘Solitude’ is a series of works by three talented artists — by Yuth Suripong, Onnalin Lojanagosin, and Noppanan Thannaree. Between capturing the scenic view of nature and reimagining its beauty in various aspects, each piece here has a story to tell.
This solo exhibition by street artist Alex Face brings us a collection of new still life paintings that blossomed amid the recent lockdown. The two large-scale sculptures in bronze are the highlight of this exhibition. This bunny-like character has something in store for all art lovers out there.
What is beauty to you? Internationally famous artist Ping Hatta (Piamrak Hattakitkosol) presents a series of works that redefine the norms of fashion illustration. The artist focuses on the relationship between contemporary fashion and its impact on how a woman carries herself. Think, well-dressed with an empowering attitude and an aura of confidence. Come by and you might find your definition of beauty.
Welcome to a place where the two fashion capitals meet: Bangkok and Tokyo. This exhibition is all about the exchanges and creative encounters between Bangkok and Tokyo’s artists, translated and presented by 3 Bangkok artists.
Every moment has a story to tell, and embarking on this notion, the two artists Theerapong Kamolpus & Pronpirun Thonsanoh capture the impressionist ambiance in a different colour that could be felt through the art. Given that we are always hustling our way through with our fast-paced lifestyle, we need to stop and find our way to create a colourful ambiance for ourselves.
Seeking some fresh inspiration? Drop by to see a photography exhibition by Ken Ekkapon and enjoy the live evening jam at the grand opening of the House of Nowhere. It’s a cafe, studio, and gallery, and its inaugural exhibition is aptly entitled ‘Nowhere’.
Blurring the boundaries between art and politics, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a rebel for the digital age and its audiences. Debut director Alison Klayman gained access to Ai while working as a journalist in China, and thus, this film offers a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. This film has been translated into over 26 languages and was shortlisted for Academy Awards. Head over to watch one of the most powerful movies of the year.
Have you ever thought about what triggers your attention? Promising Thai artist Supicha Sutanthavibul is bringing us a series of work, curated by Jay Spencer and Francois Russo, that explores how our values in life start to cloud when we mix adulthood and childhood, human and animal, or even toy and flesh. These evocative images are reflections of our disdain for the value of life, power, abuse, and even greed. Remember the time when we experienced real empathy towards all forms of beings? Stroll by and you might feel like you’ve rediscovered yourself.
Immerse into a whole new world of unique lines, colours, and shadows. For the first time, we will be seeing illustrator Pamda Bure collaborating with light and sound artist Asitnahc to bring this cool immersive exhibition. In collaboration with Canon, the exhibition will bring us a fascinating experience with some lively imagery, unique lighting, and sound techniques, never like before.