8 must-see art exhibitions in Bangkok this December

Updated on December 30 2016

This month’s undisputed highlight, especially for news buffs, is the Steve McCurry exhibition at newly opened art space House of Lucie. Steve McCurry is the famous photographer who shot “Afghan Girl”, one of the most iconic images of all time. For those interested in checking out the emerging Thai art scene, there are plenty of other offerings to choose from.

The Santiniketan Inspiration

CHULA - Jogen Chowdhury, Compassion, 2006_Mixed media

When: Through 21 December

On exhibit for one more week at the Indian Studies Center of Chulalongkorn University (ISC) is a series of Santiniketan-inspired paintings by 20 artists from India, South Korea, Thailand and the UK. The exhibition was organised by Chulalongkorn University in collaboration with the Embassy of India.

Exhibition Hall, Art and Culture Building (next to Faculty of Architecture), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, chula.ac.th

2017 Resident Artists Preview

Sathorn - girl

When: Through 3 January

Sneak preview and introductory art show to present the gallery’s six new resident artists for 2017. The exhibition features past and new works by Thai artists Chonkhet Phanwichien, Tinna Hongngam, Prapoj Kumjinda, Preecha Raksorn, Pisanu Prasoetpol and Somchoke Mahachanon.

Sathorn 11 Art Space, 404 Sathorn Soi 11, Bangkok, sathorn11.com


Soy Sauce Factory - IMG_5931

When: Through 4 January

In his first solo exhibition, budding Thai photographer Pongsakorn Tantiwattanapong acts as a scholar of urban study. More specifically, his photographs portray the very forefront of the usually one-sided battle for dominancy between urban and rural spaces. But instead of depicting the process as simply a long, relentless march of progress where the primacy of urbanity is unchallenged, Pongsakorn shows the very ambiguous relationship that exists in the urban-rural dynamism, and that, through his own agency and the collective agencies of the spaces’ inhabitants, the urban-rural paradigm where construction of the former brings about destruction of the latter is not always concrete.

Soy Sauce Factory, 24 Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, facebook.com/soysaucefactory

Once Upon A Time

Ardel Third Place - ช่วงเวลาหนึ่ง หมายเลข 2 - Man and Time No. 2, 2016, oil on linen, 90 x 125 cm


When: Through 14 January

The exhibition presents paintings and prints created as a remembrance of all the memories and impressions artist Chutchawan Wannapo has towards nature. The artworks display light, shadow and forms that are affected by the passing of time. The shadow among trees, flowers, duckweeds, water, sky and rocks all reflect the overlapping of time in a specific place in the artist’s memory and represent his feelings while he was recalling the existence of himself in specific places or time.   

ARDEL’s Third Place Gallery, Thonglor Soi 10, Bangkok, ardelgallery.com


Free people - Pom01

When: Through 15 January

On display at The Gallery at funky Pullman Bangkok Hotel G is a solo exhibition of artworks by Thai artist and graphic designer Pom Jitpratuk. Inspired by the artist’s everyday life from his childhood to the present, the collection comprises 10 bizarre illustrative ink-on-paper drawings that tell a story from his life and depict it in an organic and inorganic form. All living and non-living components are placed together, such as a group of people standing in the street, with every drawing serialised. The colourful yet serious sentiments are presented as fanciful and whimsical illustrations which can be enjoyed by viewers from all backgrounds.

The Gallery at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, 36 floor, 188, Silom Road, Suriyawong, Bangkok, pullmanbangkokhotelg.com


Variety of Woodcut

ARDEL - เทพพงษ์ หงษ์ศรีเมือง - Teppong Hongsrimuang, บ้าน ของคน สร้างบ้าน 1 - A House of House Builder No. 1, 2016, woodcut, 100 x 170 cm

When: 22 December to 22 January

An exhibition by five young printmakers whose works were inspired by the beauty of nature, animals, time and the relationship between themselves and their surroundings. The artists – Yutt Puektasajatum, Jakkee Kongkaew, Surasak Sornsena, Kattliya Phantodee and Teppong Hongsrimuang – have each created beautiful yet simple prints, using a traditional woodcut technique.

ARDEL Gallery of Modern Art, Boromrachachonnanee Road, Bangkok, ardelgallery.com


H Gallery - Memory, 2016, Bamboo, rattan, wire, burlap, plastics, beeswax, damar crystal, 171x150x11cm

The beauty of visiting H Gallery lies as much in the exciting exhibitions owner and curator H Earnest Lee organises as in the building itself. It’s set in a lovely, well-preserved 19th century two-storey wooden structure in Sathorn that used to house a school and a church. Currently on offer is Cambodian sculptor Sopheap Pich’s third solo exhibition with the gallery since 2007. It includes a major new work titled “Monument” that builds on Pich’s methods of minimal execution with a variety of processes to acutely relate an epic sense of the elemental. Using found materials and painting and stitching the surfaces, Pich creates organic forms which hint at dark histories.

Phnom Penh-based Sopheap Pich studied at The School of the Art Institution of Chicago. Over the years he has become an internationally acclaimed artist who’s had exhibitions around the world including at the likes of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao) and the Singapore Art Museum, among others.

H Gallery Bangkok, 201 Sathorn Soi 12, Bangkok, hgallerybkk.com

Steve McCurry

House of Lucie -AFGRL-10001

When: Through 14 March

House of Lucie opens the doors to its new art space in Bangkok. Located in the trendy area of Ekamai, its first exhibition features the most iconic works by renowned photographer Steve McCurry, best known for “Afghan Girl”, the striking portrait of a refugee featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine. The exhibition showcases images that McCurry took over the decades, some of which will be on display for the first time.

House of Lucie, 1 Ekamai Soi 8, Bangkok, facebook.com/HouseofLucie