Kicking off 2020, if you find yourself with some free time this January, Bangkok’s art galleries and museums have a wealth of interesting exhibits to check out.
If you haven’t visited the IconSiam RiverMuseum yet there’s a photo show on currently that may lure you there, and if you want to check out a brand new gallery head to the swanky SO Sofitel hotel. In addition, there’s a high concept video installation at 100 Tonson, and three shows by well-established artists – two Thai and one German.
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Nova Contemporary: Until January 5
There’s also still time to catch Thai artist Prae Pupityastaporn’s new series of paintings at Nova Contemporary. Her works unveil her inquisitive mind and every brushstroke on the canvas is her dialectical quest for the impulsive intuitive and compulsive self. Consider her works like windows and immerse yourself within the image, feeling free to wonder. The interplay between the colours, abstract figures, and light transforms into a timeless serenity in her work. Meanwhile, her illusory opaque objects and the layered uncontrollable fluidity of the background, provides texture and colour depth. Whether a bluish sky in the sweep of white, or the translucent green trees accompanied with the backdrop of ruby red, the range of colours unfolds the physical realities in the artist’s unbound imagination.
SO Kult Gallery: Until January 31
The SO Sofitel Bangkok recently converted a portion of their ground floor lobby area to create SO Kult, a brand new art gallery space dedicating to showcasing the work of international and local talent. The inaugural show features the elemental and emotive artworks of artist Michaël Deloffre, including both his large canvasses and stand-alone sculptures. A pioneer of the natural and contemporary aesthetic movement, Deloffre work explores and celebrates the artist’s connection with nature utilizing bold colours, strong brushstrokes, and fine lines. Throughout his career his works have been displayed internationally in prestigious art museums and galleries in cities such as Berlin, Chicago, Philadelphia, Montreal, and Paris, to name but a few. Born in France, Deloffre currently makes his home in Thailand.
Le Link Gallery: Until January 19
Artist Ingeborg zu Schleswig-Holstein was born in 1956 in Germany. Between 1976 and 1981 she studied Fine Arts in Hamburg, during which time she met Andy Warhol. He later invited her to be an art assistant at his ‘Factory’ in New York, where she spent five life changing years. Her artworks show the non-representational and immaterial, reflecting the reality beyond a physically comprehensible scenery. Her current show at Le Link gallery, entitled Magenta Blues,
displays a series of large colourful abstract paintings which are, not surprisingly, heavy on the pink.
H Gallery: Until January 26
Formerly based in Germany, Somboon Hormtientong is a graduate of Poh Chang College, Bangkok and The Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany. His most recent works, on display at H Gallery, are a series of paintings of controlled geometric harmony and expressive swathes of compositional fluidity inspired by the region near his studio overlooking the Mekong River in the mountains of Chiang Khan, Thailand. Far from contrived pictorial aesthetics, his art is a process of problem solving, of application and reaction. The expressive canvases are discomforting in their deliberately awkward jarring of space and colour form. Though not easily identifiable or explainable, his art permeates with a definite East-West duality.
100 Tonson Gallery: Until March 10
Thai artist Tulapop Saenjaroen’s video exhibit People on Sunday is a reinterpretation, a response, and a homage to a pioneering German silent film from 1930 entitled Menschen Am Sonntag, literally translated as “people on Sunday”. The original film was one of the first motion pictures that marketed itself as “a film with no actors”, as it used only amateur actors and non-actors. Tulapop’s revisit and reinterpretation of the original film consists of three parts: the performance at the national park, behind the scenes footage, and the post-production of the behind the scenes video. In essence, this exhibit as a whole ponders the representability of free time, of cognitive labour, of the contemporary work ethic, and of the paradox between control and freedom via the frame of cinema.