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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.