There’s a lot of exhibitions happening right now in Bangkok and it’s not just because of the Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB) that will grace the city until February of 2019; people are also just putting on exhibitions for the love of art. Thus, there’s one thing that’s certain: Bangkokians won’t be starved of art this December. And with the festive spirit running high, finding your holiday release in art might not be such a bad idea. We’ve put together a list of 7 must-see exhibitions and art-related events in Bangkok this December. Let’s see if you can visit them all before the month’s end!
Featured from River City’s ‘Up the River During Qingming’ exhibition, Hero Image from Vesper.
River City Bangkok, the city’s treasured hub for art and antiquities, collaborates with the National Palace Musuem (Gu Gong) in an exhibition that presents a groundbreaking collection of priceless Chinese Qing-Dynasty paintings and artifacts. This first of its kind exhibition will showcase valuable ancient art pieces in a new light through the medium of modern multimedia technology, with digital works inspired by hand-scrolls created during the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, all under the theme ‘Up the river during Quinming’.
In line with the hotel’s philosophy that art and culture are enriching elements of the luxury hospitality experience, The Peninsula Bangkok continues its partnership with the 2018 Bangkok Art Biennale to offer guests a ‘Beyond Bliss’ artistic experience. This month, ‘Breathing Flower’, a huge orange inflatable flower will grace the lawn as well a number of other unique installations in the lobby and a special appearance by Kawita Vatanjyankur. Bangkok Art Bienale enthusiasts can also take advantage of the Peninsula Bangkok’s art excursion by riverboat exploring riverside exhibitions at Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Wat Prayoon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am until noon.
1984 Silpakorn graduate and multi-award winning artist Kraisak Chirachaisakul graces the space of Chinatown’s Cho Why to bring two distinctly unique shows. Extending the blurry memories of his own show from CICA Museum on the first floor and presenting his fascinating series of royal portraits on the upper floor, both shows tell the tale of powerful moments gone by, amplified by the colours and textures of his iconic shock pink studio press. His work serves as an incredibly unique and stunning art form so here’s an opportunity to get lost in his artistic process.
Okay, this isn’t an exhibition per se, but in a way, there’s no reason why it can’t be presented as one as it does involve a rather fascinating work of art in the form of a cocktail menu. One of Bangkok’s finest cocktail bars finally introduces 11 new cocktail creations in its The Art Book cocktail series. This time round, Vesper’s pieces are inspired by Asian masters, installation arts and contemporary artists. This will be the final menu of their journey into the art world before they head to new concept shores, so it’ll definitely be one heck of a party.
Yen Akat road’s favourite northern Thai restaurant is hosting a chill and grill barbecue and with that also comes an interesting exhibition titled ‘Papel, Pollo & Huesos’, or paper, chicken and bones, by two talented street artists, Asin Acid and Robin Wessberg. During the chill and grill there will also be a live painting segment by Asin at 6pm followed with music by Ploy & Ben. Artworks will be on display around the house and will also be on sale, in case you’re looking to add to your home space.
So, it’s already December, but have you actually experienced the Bangkok Art Biennale that started in October? Well, in case you’ve been a bit busy, here’s a great way for you to experience ‘Beyond Bliss’, with a journey that ends on the last day of the year. Moleskin invites Bangkokians to go on an art-filled mission to collect as many stamps and selfies at the Biennale’s 20 locations. To those who collect and snap them all, you’ll not only be enriched with new experiences and culture, but you’ll also be entitled to a Moleskin Notebook. And to those who don’t make it to every location, well, you’ll still be able to say you experienced the BAB in some shape or form.
In his very first solo exhibition, Thai artist Chatchai Puipia presents new works after a long hiatus after staging his own funeral and subsequent withdrawal from the art world in 2010. Presented by Nova Contemporary, Vetal Suite is the culmination of Chatchai’s deep and long investigation into love, life and art and his further examination of the intricate relationships between them. Having risen from the dead, Chatchai has turned the gallery into an “aquarium for his consciousness”. From his mind, he conjured up the Vetal, a shadow of himself cast by a reflection in the mirror and a self mediated through many filters: a man half-Vietnamese, half-Thai, part human, part ghost. Vetal welcomes you to his suite.