With Bangkok’s art scene booming like never before, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant arts and cultural events. From award-winning art exhibitions to a gallery-hopping night out, we’ve got a list of seven cool art exhibitions in Bangkok that you should definitely check out this month.
Unknown Asia Awards Exhibition
When: 3 August–3 September 2017
Unknown Asia is an annual art festival that gathers artists from over 11 countries in Asia, giving budding talents an opportunity to showcase their artworks. Local spot The Jam Factory has been invited to be one of the main venues to showcase the festival’s award-winning pieces from 2015–2016. The winners include Aiwei Foo (Singapore), Ardneks (Indonesia), Nut Dao (Thailand), Tuna Dunn (Thailand) and Yeji Yun (Korea). This is your chance to support Thailand’s representing artists and learn more about modern contemporary art in Asia.
The Jam Factory, 41/1-5 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khlong San, Bangkok, +66 2 861 0950
The Creative District Gallery Hopping Night
When: 19 August 2017
The gallery hopping night is back! The event organiser will provide a map of all the participating galleries and activities with suggested routes on their Facebook page. Essentially, the event is a self-guided tour of the Silom, Charoenkrung and Klongsan area. Although the list of galleries and restaurants have not yet been announced, you can expect about 10–12 participating venues. Enjoy special talks, fun performances and all the stunning art. We’d recommend making Teens of Thailand your last stop.
The Creative District Gallery Hopping Night, various art galleries in Silom, Charoenkrung and Klongsan area
Oh! Ode: a performance project by Sasapin Siriwanij
When: 18 August 2017
Inspired by The Test of Endurance, an experimental art piece by Silpathorn Award winner Jarunun Phantachat, Oh! Ode invites you to witness another spectacular performance. Sasapin Siriwanij and Surachai Petsangrot will be demonstrating a live sculpture performance. In other words, the two artists will be building up layers of clay onto each other and reinvent themselves as moving art.
WTF Gallery and Café, 7 Soi Sukhumvit 51 Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Bangkok, +66 2 662 6246
Political Landscape: Photography Exhibition by Yong Hwan Lee
When: 6 August–30 September 2017
Photography has always been a very political art form, and you can definitely read deeply into Yong Hwan Lee’s collection of images. His photography exhibition showcases numerous pieces in which he portrays the political compromises that we currently experience. In snapshots, he explores superficial landscapes where unsaid notions are concealed. Check out his exhibit and learn more about his depiction of the world we currently live in.
RMA Institute, 238 Soi Sainamthip 2, Sukhumvit 22, Klong Toey, Bangkok, +66 2 663 0809
Creativity Takes Courage
When: 4 August–8 September 2017
In collaboration with A Month Thailand, Shambhala Art Village is hosting an art event named Creativity Takes Courage. The group exhibition will showcase various Thai local artists who are dedicated to push the envelope in the Bangkok art scene. Featuring artists include: Prateep Kochabua, Chanachai Tongloom, Aninta Boonnotok and Chaiyapong Hongtong. It’ll be a good opportunity to check out the newly opened Shambhala Arts Village as well.
Shambhala Art Village, 5/1 Yen Akat Road, Khwaeng Chong Nonsi, Khet Yan Nawa, Bangkok, +66 96 730 5770
When: 5 August–1 October 2017
Gallery VER is featuring Latthapon Korkiatarkul’s first solo exhibition named (Un)composition. The artist is best-known for his experimental art, in which he tries to transform and redefine ordinary objects to convey deeper meanings. For instance, Latthapon plays with a variety of painting techniques and defies traditional rules of compositions. His latest collection showcases two-dimensional paintings and portrays what he calls “object-hood” in sculptures.
Gallery VER, 10 Soi Narathiwas Ratchanakarin 22 Khwaeng Chong Nonsi, Khet Yan Nawa, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, +66 2 103 4067
When: Until 12 August 2017
A solo exhibition by budding Thai artist Patipat Chaiwitesh, Stitch Up comprises a series of artworks that explore the idea of plastic surgery. Patipat modifies natural elements by sewing synthetic materials onto them. For instance, replaces the flower petals of wood lilies with plastic and dresses up fish fossils with sequin. These are just two of many examples of how the artist plays with decorative materials on former living organisms.
YenakArt Villa Art Gallery, 69 Soi Prasat Suk Bangkok, +66 81 902 9196