There is nothing (we repeat: nothing) like going to an art exhibition when it rains and pours outside. You can’t fight us on this. And since ‘rains and pours’ seem to be hot off the hot list of the weather over Bangkok this month, we’re lucky to see such a varied repertoire of art and culture happenings across the city. Here, we’ve put together a list of 10 must-see exhibitions you need to visit in Bangkok this June 2019, because if it’s on our art radar, then it should definitely be on yours, too. From feminist illustrations to explorations of ancient civilisations, see how many of these exhibitions in Bangkok you can visit before the month’s end.
Are you a daydreamer? Ping Hatta is hosting a solo exhibition over at River City Bangkok this July to explore exactly this question through the lens of enchanted places and themes of womanhood. Inspired by the motto ‘Live Well, Travel Far’, Ping’s paintings are somewhat a visual bucket list of travel destinations. Once a fashion illustrator (for Vogue, amongst others, no less), consider it a colourful invitation to mentally travel and wonder this month.
On a similar tangent, Bella Whittaker too is hosting an illustration exhibition at River City, bringing her infamous ‘babe’ endeavour to the Chao Phraya river banks. Her work features female figures as the signature elements in her drawings, representing qualities of diversity, strength, and confidence. A perfect celebration of babes (but bros are welcome too, of course).
‘Flâneurie’ comes from the French, and refers to the act of strolling around the crowded streets of Paris in the 19th century. Or so at least, South Korean artist Sang Min Kim interprets it in her latest video art and photography exhibition. Inspired by those middle and upper class people who roamed the streets of the French capital in search of secret discoveries back in the day, Kim brings this concept to the present day, taking said Flâneurie and bringing it into the virtual world.
A documentary film by Australian director Paul Cox, ‘Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh’ explores the last eight years of the infamous artist’s life, made up of a selection of paintings and sketches, as well as dramatized biographical events. The film stems from Cox’ own admiration for Van Gogh, and was a big hit in the New York art house circuit, where it ran for two years.
Not just a feisty name: ‘Meow Meow Roar’ is a group art exhibition by 18 Thai artists, given the prompt of a feline form to depict in their own personal style. From house cats to tigers and lions, the amalgamation of differing narratives and compositions is sure to bring together both feline and art lovers.
In the first solo exhibition by Naruemon Yimchavee (also known as Banana Blah Blah), ‘It’s Okay to Take a Break’ encourages viewers to live in the present and give themselves time to enjoy the moment. More than just an important message, the installation inspires to take more time to think and reflect, to worry less, and to ultimately open oneself to fresh inspiration. A must-visit for overworked city dwellers.
Shifting between Bangkok and Berlin, Thai artist Orawan Arunrak takes from her own living environments as the inspiration for the stories in her work. Depicting city dwellers and the conversations and observations that stem from her interactions with them, ‘COUNTING’ is Orawan’s first solo exhibition, and features architectural elements and their meaning as the foundation for a home.
Award-winning artist Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew has exhibited all around the globe from Europe to the US and Asia, but is warmly bringing it home to Bangkok this July, with a solo exhibition entitled ‘Reality as it isn’t.’ Featuring new visual forms and techniques, the exhibition will see themes of maturity and experience, by exploring the nature of vulnerability, disconnections of desire, and well as distress and detachment. This is brought to life by fine, interwoven fabrics that are suspended in 3D configurations, to create a form of mental chaos. Eye-catching, and thought-provoking.
Is there any place hotter to be than ATT 19 if you’re a creative? The recently-opened art space in Charoen Krung is inviting viewers to explore one of the greatest ancient civilisations in the world with ‘China: Luxury in the Details’ this month, showcasing a glimpse into Chinese culture and the revolution of Chinese art. A variety of rare artifacts will be on display, as guests journey through the story of Chinese dynasties, stylistic techniques, and central Asian history.
Summoning up notions of how art and daily life can come together to combine, artists Mingmantic Sulaiman, Chanikran Thabthim, and Tan-khwan Songpanich are hosting ‘DEN’ as an exploration into making art an everyday affair. The art gallery is transformed into a den as interpreted by the artists, touching on themes of comfort, warmth, security, and friendliness. An interesting exploration into the meaning of home, too.