Past the half-way mark of 2020, these are the best events to catch as we welcome a new month.
For once in a long while, it’s hard to believe that we’re only in July. While 2019 seemed to pass like a blur, 2020 is taking it slow and steady, with plenty of epiphanies headed our way. There’s no doubt that the year has been a rough one, but it’s also brought along the opportunity to reflect, and valuable life lessons. 2020 has taught us to return to our roots, to spend more time with ourselves, and — perhaps most importantly — to be kind.
As we get ready to welcome the next half of the year, we’ve gathered below the most exciting events and happenings to check out in the city. While we go about our days, now marks a good time to ponder the months that have passed, and the ones that lie ahead. What are your hopes for the rest of 2020?
Vanishing Bangkok: The Changing Face of the City
ART & CULTURE — This exhibition by Ben Davies’ offers a thought-provoking, black and white exploration of Bangkok’s beauty. As the city’s various buildings and environments come under threat of disappearing forever, Davies’ striking monohued images — captured using his Linhof film camera — tells the story of Bangkok’s rapid changes, while documenting the mesmerising charms of Old Bangkok as it exists today. All photographs exhibited, along with a book featuring all the works, are available for purchase.
Until July 26, 2020. RCB Photographers Gallery, River City Bangkok. To find out more, visit the Official Facebook Event Page.
ART & CULTURE — A solo exhibition by Praiya Ketkool, Floriography offers a beautiful, mesmerising exploration into flowers. While flowers are often compared to femininity, or non-verbal languages — considered to be fragile, gentle and emotional — Praiya explores how something as small as a sprouting glass flower could be related to something as vast and infinite as the universe. By placing emphasis on the simple flower, Praiya explores how it could be part of an eco-system that, though small, is great in its meaning. These explorations are delicately expressed through a special arrangement of colours and exquisite forms that bring out the beauty of the ordinary.
Until July 26, 2020. Subhashok The Arts Centre. To find out more, visit sac.gallery/exhibitions/floriography/.
The Silver Lining Project The Commons
ART & CULTURE — Believing that trying times create the opportunity to bring positive change, The Commons has launched The Silver Lining Project to help encourage optimism and joy. Bringing together local artists, guests are invited to celebrate art, community, and new beginnings through a series of inspiring artwork that are placed on display throughout the space. As part of the project, The Commons has also launched a Silver Lining Pop-Up Shop at both its Thonglor and Saladaeng branches, where visitors can browse and select their favourite works of art to bring home.
Until September 19, 2020. The Commons Thonglor and Saladadeng. To find out more, visit thecommonsbkk.com.
Van Gogh. Life and Art
ART & CULTURE — Having built a pretty solid reputation for cutting-edge, interact multimedia exhibitions, River City Bangkok is back with yet another one. Titled ‘Van Gogh. Life and Art’, this latest showcase takes place at the Museum of Digital Art Bangkok (MODA), and pays homage to one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art — Vincent Van Gogh. Having been shown in eight cities previously, including Berlin, Moscow, and St. Petersberg, ‘Van Gogh. Life and Art’ is designed to let audiences immerse themselves in the entrancing world of Van Gogh’s masterpieces, complemented by some of the greatest musical compositions of our time.