Songkran may have come and gone, and the Thai summer may be nearing its end before the rainy season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to paint the month of May in the name of art. After all, art sits within the very beating heart of the city of Bangkok and pumps life and new perspectives into what would otherwise be a very dull sight. We’ve put together a list of 10-must-see exhibitions you need to visit in Bangkok this May 2019, because if it’s on our radar, it should definitely be on yours too. From Thai themes of self love to interactive 3D projections, see how many of these exhibitions in Bangkok you can visit before the month’s end.

Featured image credit: Visarute Angkatavanich; Hero image credit: River City Bangkok

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1. Psychedelic Sprits

Showcasing the work of two female Russian artists, ‘Psychedelic Spirits’ explores the relationship between art and spirituality. Where the work of Leyla Sandshiko looks into passionate tones and mysticism, Ekaterina Dubrovskaya uses her time in India as spiritual inspiration for her pieces. A form of art therapy in a complex and curious manner.

Psychedelic Sprits
Location
Sathorn 11 Art Space, 404 Sathorn Soi 11, North Sathorn Rd., Bangkok
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Dates
May 4, 2019 - May 4, 2019
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2. Pretty Ugly: Richard Scene

Following on from the success of Richard Skene’s debut exhibition in Bangkok six years ago, Woof Pack presents not one but three new collections by the Scottish artist this May. Named ‘Pretty Ugly’, ‘Flying Colours’ and ‘Cityscapes’, the collections feature themes of yin and yang, socio-economic and geo-political culture, and urban environments. Definitely thought-provoking.

Pretty Ugly: Richard Scene
Location
WOOFPACK, 1/3-9 Sala Daeng 1 Alley, Bang Rak, Bangkok
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Dates
April 26, 2019 - May 5, 2019
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3. Home in the Truly Home

Thai artist Petchpaints depicts his view of the world and draws on the feeling of being home through a series of illustrations. The artist is best recognised through his signature style, which often resembles a playful and almost child-like characteristic. A sense of belonging and longing for belonging pursues in his work.

Home in the Truly Home
Location
10ml Gallery Cafe
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Dates
April 27, 2019 - May 8, 2019
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4. All You Need is Selflove: Solo Exhibition by Lily Lockwood

Known for her charmingly colourful painting style, Thai artist Lily Lockwood is hosting her first solo exhibition. Lockwood draws inspiration from 12 leading ladies in her life for this showcase, displaying a series of paintings themed around self love and care. Bright, bold, and deeply heartwarming.

All You Need is Selflove: Solo Exhibition by Lily Lockwood
Location
10ml Gallery Cafe
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Dates
April 27, 2019 - May 9, 2019
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5. French Connection

Who knew that French pop art was so hot? Mozart Art Advisory and Chin Gallery present an exhibition by three French pop artists this May, entitled ‘French Connection’. The show will feature works by Kostar, Jisbar, and Louis Nicolas Darbon, each with slightly different styles, but all with an overarching theme of passion, colour, humour, lifestyle, and fashion.

French Connection
Location
Chin's Gallery, 33/58 Thanon Yannawa Arden Rama 3 House No. 58, Chong Nonsi, Bangkok
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Dates
May 9, 2019 - May 9, 2019
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6. Passing a window, I glanced into it

More than just an unusual name for a photo exhibition, ‘Passing a window, I glanced into it’ features the visual artistry of Thai photographer Atit Sornsongkram, who experiments with the possibilities of photography as media. Using mirrors and reflection, the exhibition plays with dimensions, surfaces, images, and images inside of images. Trippy.

Passing a window, I glanced into it
Location
Gallery VER
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Dates
March 9, 2019 - May 11, 2019
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7. Life: Kattliya Phantodee

With ‘Life’, Kattliya Phantodee takes visitors on a journey of the Thai artist’s life, using cats as a symbol for relationships. Fans of Phantodee will recognise the beautiful lines which featured predominantly in her previous woodcut series, with a simple and sincere message for any and everyone to enjoy and relate to.

Life: Kattliya Phantodee
Location
ARDEL Gallery of Modern Art, 99/45 M.18, Boromrachchonnee Rd., Taweewattana, Bangkok
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Dates
April 4, 2019 - May 19, 2019
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8. The Beauty of Siam: Anantara Siamese Fighting Fish

You may actually recognise Visarute Angkatavanich’s photographs from a post that went viral quite recently, but if you missed the online hype, do not fear: an exhibition to experience it in the flesh is here. The photography series features images of fighting fish from Thailand, capturing the charm of the colourful Siamese fighting fish in over 40 photographs.

The Beauty of Siam: Anantara Siamese Fighting Fish
Location
Parichart Court, Anantara Siam Hotel, 155 Ratchadamri Rd., Pathum Wan, Bangkok
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Dates
April 22, 2019 - May 31, 2019
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9. Women are Not FOOD

From a curious name to an interestingly curated exhibition, Sathorn 11 Art Space and Greene Gallery is hosting ‘Women are Not FOOD’ this May, as an introduction to new resident artist Sirode Siramanon. Hailing from a small studio in Lumpini, it is Siramanon’s first solo exhibition, inviting viewers to fire up their imagination, and rethink meanings of feminism and food. There are just a few paintings on display, but many vivid and intriguing ideas.

Women are Not FOOD
Location
Sathorn 11 Art Space, 404 Sathorn Soi 11, South Sathorn Rd., Bangkok
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Dates
May 11, 2019 - June 7, 2019
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10. From Monet to Kandinsky

Following on the picturesque trails of some of the world’s most renowned artists, ‘From Monet to Kandinsky’ brings to life some of the most famous paintings in history through an immersive showcase. Sit amongst the works of Gustav Klimt, Claude Monet, or Wassily Kandinsky, as they play before you on a floor-to-ceiling HD screen projection with a surround-sound soundtrack to accompany. An art exhibition unlike many others.

From Monet to Kandinsky
Location
River City Bangkok, 23 Soi Charoen Krung 24, Talat Noi, Bangkok
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Dates
April 26, 2019 - June 16, 2019
Price
THB 350