Sweet September calls in for some sweet surprises in the world of art.
Between the incoming hot chocolate weather and seasonal rain showers, aren’t we all hoping for a dose of inspiration to keep our spirits high?
Luckily, we have plenty of art and cultural happenings openings for us to explore this month, serving our souls a cocktail of inspiration. Bangkok is a vivaciously bright city that pumps life into each of its vibrant streets, so you simply can’t miss out on all the new seeds blooming this month. From the fascinating art of pop sculpture to paper-mâché works expressing the love between a mother and child, here we’ve put together a list of 10 must-see exhibitions you need to visit in Bangkok this September 2020. If it’s on our artsy radar, it should definitely be on yours, too.
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Whilst there’s no perfect way to truly define the love between a mother and her children, the language of art can surely express this feeling in the most wonderful way. The Mother’s World exhibition by Ruthairat Kumsrichan is a reflection of the artists’ first-hand experience of raising a child of her own — articulating the love and connection between a mother and her child. Through organic colour paintings, embroideries, paper-mâché, and pottery works, Kumsrichan evokes a whole lot of emotions. Pamper mum by taking her to this exhibition and treat her with some art.
There’s no doubt that we live in a world full of uncertainty. Between the boundaries of time and movement, there’s always that unspoken desire to stop the clock. As life passes by in front of our eyes, sometimes we manage to understand the importance of things, but sometimes it moves around too quickly for us to grasp and evaluate situations. Shedding some light on this concept of time, “Variations of Pauses” is a solo exhibition by Chayanin Kwangkaew that is a part of the “A Symphony of Pauses” exhibition.
Thai artist Kitti Narod creates harmony among simple forms that makes his art not only beautiful but also extremely joyful. Exploring flat blocks of pure colour and shapes via the essence of tropical elements and nature, “Joy Land” is a solo exhibition hosted by Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok. Kitti also explores the concept of Utopia and sheds light on the LGBTQ community — thus, reminding us how to create a better society for ourselves and others.
If you have a keen interest in Thai art history, then you wouldn’t want to miss Wonderscape. Digging deep into some legendary masterpieces, five great Thai masters have brought together a selection from Surapon Bunyapamai’s work that includes some wonderful paintings and drawings. Please your eyes with some iconic watercolor painting and discover the Thai traditional patterns that became the very first ones in Thai contemporary art.
Can we recall what was once considered ‘normal’? Grains & Grams is a Bangkok based wood-working collective that is exhibiting their never-seen-before pieces from 8 different designers, artists, and makers to highlights a fresh perspective obtained from the situation of the pandemic. This exhibition is an opportunity to spend more time away from what was once considered normal and it ponders over the definition of normality as an ideal lifestyle.
Are you a fan of Andy Warhol’s works? Want to learn more about pop art? While the Andy Warhol Pop Art exhibition is being displayed at River City Bangkok, there couldn’t be a more perfect timing to learn more about his creative portal style. Join a three-hour acrylic painting class to create your very own masterpiece. The class is being conducted in both Thai and English, just make sure you’ve booked your spot.
Think of two words: improvisation and vibration. An abstract painting exhibition, Improvibration by Sitthidham Rohitasuk is inspired by Professor Aree Soothipunt highlighting the word ‘improvisation’ that could encapsulate meanings of the sudden and the free, and incorporate dynamic movements. It’s also a way of visualising things — and could have various meanings based on perspectives. Come by, see, and ponder.
LOV + U is a language of simple strokes and colours that explore relationships through moments and situations that change our definition of love. How deeply can we love someone? To an extent where we forget ourselves? Or do we still have self-control and can manage to love ourselves and that other person equally? There’s no right answer here really. This exhibition will walk you through the journey of defining love for yourself.
Arguably, there couldn’t be a more beautiful way to portray the beauty of a woman, other than through the language of paintbrushes. During his youth, Thai artist Kraisak Chirachisakul always enjoyed creating oil canvases and still life paintings, but after he recently met a woman called Anastasia, his faith changed. He felt his creativity reigniting again, reminding him of his true passion. Dedicating this exhibition to her, Kraisak created a series of paintings capturing her beauty, youth, and fragility. Here’s a hint: ‘Anastasia’ means ‘resurrection’ in Greek mythology. Now, there’s something deeper to the story, isn’t there? To find out, you know where to go.
Spinning with the world, getting deep into character, and wearing the stories — the art of pop sculpture is just something else. POP ME UP is an exhibition led by ten talented artists including Yuree Kensaku, Maythee Noijinda, Jitsing Somboon, Vasan Sitthiket, Lampu Kansanoh, Wutigorn Kongka, Sutee Kunavichayanont, P7, Youenmo Koo, and Line Censor. Not just pop sculpture, but expect to see some fascinating sound art, painting, or even a talisman. Come by to jazz up your day with some vibrant art here and be sure to join the opening party on 12 September too.