Bangkok’s art scene never sits still, and every few weeks the city’s galleries present a slew of new exhibitions to check out. As per usual there’s lots going on at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), but the smaller galleries are always worth a peek as well, as are established cultural institutions like the Alliance Français. Here now are six more exhibits art lovers should put need on their radar this October, ranging from a Thai Mexican printmaking collaboration to a retrospective of the late Bangkok-based French artist Valerie Goutard.
BACC: October 15-20
This collection showcases 60 prints by 30 Thai artists and 30 Mexican artists who took part in the first ‘Mexican-Thai Printmaking Exchange 2019’ programme. The curator team of Piyatat Hemmatat, a Thai artist and founder of PhotoBangkok, and Francisco Limón, a Mexican artist, gallerist and founder of La Máquina Workshop, selected the best artworks. Also displayed will be 25 additional prints from La Máquina Workshop and Gallery. A second exhibition in Bangkok will take place at the Chulalongkorn University Museum from November 4-28. The collective exhibition will then tour different art spaces in both Thailand and Mexico until next year.
Alliance Francais: October 10-November 12
French artist Valerie Goutard, better known as just ‘Val’, produced the majority of her bronze sculptures in Bangkok, from 2004 until her tragic disappearance in 2016. This retrospective of Val’s work focuses on nine emblematic sculptures. Together they represent her creative journey and express the themes that have always been at the core of her vision. The heart of this free exhibition is ‘Attraction II’, which has been installed on the forecourt of the Alliance Française since the Bangkok Art Biennale of 2018.
Chin’s Gallery: October 22-November 17
This exhibition showcases the work of Snipe1, a pioneer among Japanese graffiti writers who has dedicated himself to advancing Japan’s graffiti scene. In recent years, the artist has engaged in a variety of projects, including collaborations with famous fashion brands as well as participating in urban art exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York alongside Madsaki, Takeshi Murakami and TengaOne. This Bangkok exhibit is the artist’s first solo show overseas, and it explores the dirty wildness of graffiti art.
Le Link Gallery: Until November 10
Hamburg native Timo von Eicken studied graphic design and started his career under the pseudonyms Mr. Nonski and Nonski. His early work was based on strong graphical forms, but he’s since turned to figurative painting, and his most paintings often reflect these different phases simultaneously, making the images both expressive and unique. His large collages of acrylic on canvas are stories full of paradoxes and visual surprises.
Ananta Kama Gallery: Until October 31
This is the first show at one of Bangkok’s newest galleries, now open on Yen Akart Soi 1 (above The Kitchen restaurant). Various Thai artists have artworks on display here, all of which explore the magic of the human face. In the age of photoshop enhanced selfies, this exhibition is a marked contrast to computer corrected digital images.
UOB (Thai) Head Office, Sathon Road: until October 31
Now in its 10th edition, the United Overseas Bank (UOB) Painting of the Year (Thailand) competition saw a record number of entries this year. First prize went to 28-year-old Chaichana Luetrakun for his painting ‘Wastescape’, an acrylic on canvas piece which depicts the negative impact humans are having on the environment. Chaichana received a cash prize of US$25,000 (750,000 THB) and his artwork will go on to compete with the UOB Painting of the Year country winners from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore for the 2019 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year award. In the Emerging Artist category, 23-year-old Somchai Sidamon won the Most Promising Artist of the Year award for ‘Faces – Reflections of Life No. 2’, which represents the hardship and fatigue of his family’s livelihood and their struggles to earn a living in a rural environment. The winning and shortlisted paintings from both Established Artist and Emerging Artist categories were exhibited at the BACC from October 1-13, and are now at the UOB (Thai) Head Office on Sathon Road from October 14-31, and then at the UOB (Thai) Phetkasem Building from November 1-15. The exhibitions are open to the public and admission is free.
As the Lifestyle Editor for Prestige Magazine Thailand, Canadian-born Bruce Scott keeps a close eye on what’s trending both in Bangkok and beyond. He enjoys live music, documentary films, and dinners with fancy wine pairings. When not hard at work keeping up with the latest restaurant and bar openings in town you’ll probably find him at the beach, most likely lying in a hammock with headphones on.