Art sits in the beating heart of Bangkok and pumps life and new perspectives into what would otherwise be a very dull sight. February kicked off with the city’s favourite Galleries’ Night, which saw art lovers and gallery hoppers wondering through up to 50 galleries along Silom, Sathorn and the riverside, viewing art at its arguably most beautiful hour: nighttime. To continue on in the spirit of art, we’ve put together a list of 7-must-see exhibitions you need to visit this February 2019. The Bangkok Biennale was definitely ‘beyond bliss’ to witness yet, even though it’s already ended, that doesn’t mean art itself has. Let’s see how many of these exhibitions in Bangkok you can visit before the month’s end!
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. This exhibition was also featured on Galleries’ Night.
Dedicated to engaging a conversation with local communities around merging the spaces of art and non-art, artist Orawan Arunrak draws on the dialogues shared throughout Southeast Asia. Having lived in Bangkok and Berlin and travelled extensively to the countries surrounding her native Thailand, the artist uses tools like pencils, pens, paper, photography and the internet to create works that explore ways of living in modern society.
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!
Luxury boutique hotel 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok returns 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 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 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 being 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.
One of Asia’s most prestigious flower and garden shows returns to the Park of Nai Lert this February, and this year again sees the largest floral carpet in Asia laid out. Held under the ‘Flower Carnival’ theme, there will be competitions, food tastings, fashion shows and more – all serving to highlight the exquisite craftsmanship of Thai hands and the wonder of Thai traditions and heritage.