Bangkok Post reviews
70 years of artistic evolution
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: August 28, 2012 at 8:08 am
Thai art has undergone many changes and benefited from myriad influences in the past 70 years, and a new exhibition explores the most telling of them.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration presents "Thai Trends from Localism to Internationalism", which will show viewers different facets of history and developments of the Thai art during the past seven decades.
Opening on Thursday and running until Nov 4 at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, the exhibition of paintings, sculptures and other media during the reign of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej also features a chronology of significant events in Thai art, artists talks and an academic seminar.
On display will be more than 300 artworks created by almost 300 nationally renowned artists, contemporary artists, as well as young and emerging artists. They include Prof Silpa Bhirasri, the father of modern art in Thailand and the founder of Silpakorn University, as well as senior artists Fua Haribhitak, Jitr Buabusya, Sawat Tantisuk, Chamrueng Vichienkhet, Prayad Pongdam, Chalerm Nakeerak, Anghan Kalayanapongs, Inson Wongsam, Damrong Wong-uparaj, Hem Vejakorn, Paiboon Suwannakudt, Pratuang Emjaroen, Thawan Dachanee, Princess Marsi Paribatra, Kamol Tassananchalee, Ithipol Thangchalok, Decha Warashoon, Khemarat Kongsuk, Chalermchai Kositpipat, Montien Boonma, Pisanu Supanimitr and Thavorn Ko-Udomvit.
Artworks by expatriate artists such as Niro Yogota, Theo Meier, Raden Basuki, Elizabeth Romhild and Varsha Nair, will also be exhibited. The works include paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, video art, all of which have been selected by internationally renowned academic and curator Prof Dr Apinan Poshyananda and a team of highly-regarded curators comprising Luckana Kunavichayanont, Sermkhun Kunawong, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Pakorn Klomkliang and Nikan Wasinondh.
The exhibition is divided into nine themes:
Search for Thai Identities portrays the artists' perspectives of Thainess through different forms of presentation in terms of content and techniques.
Inspiration from Buddhism presents the bond and connectedness between artists and Buddhism, in the forms of both traditional art and contemporary art, and includes four sets of prominent mural paintings _ each of which has its own characteristics.
Fantasy and Surreality displays artworks that have been inspired by local myths, folk tales and the artists' imagination that know no boundaries.
Social Space and Patronage documents the development of the artistic circle in Thailand, with prominent figures from different sectors who provide support that results in more space in society for arts and artists.
Abstraction and Individualism boasts abstract works through which each of the artists has clearly intended to convey certain issues, using patterns, colours, drawings and materials that reflect their identity, resulting in works that are open to the viewers' interpretations.
Socio Political Struggle expresses the artists' perspectives of the Thai social and political arena, which have become more vivid from 1973 until now, in a wide variety of forms and presentations.
Gender and Marginality portrays the stories of the gender or a group of individuals, including homosexuals, who do not usually receive attention from others, hence the artists' conclusion that they are on the edge of society. The viewpoints of the artists are interestingly presented with symbolism that represents sexuality in creative works of art.
Locality and International Limelight exhibits creations of the Thai artists who have gained recognition internationally, with awards from overseas events or an invitation to have an exhibition abroad to guarantee their fame. Some pieces of art are created with a local concept or materials, but with an international modern technique or presentation.
Experimental Art and Media Culture focuses on new media and concepts which involve experimenting with different forms and techniques of presentation, and the way such media is used in the artistic process and production.
In addition, there is a chronology which details the history of artistic development in Thailand in comparison with art around the world. More than 100 rarely-seen art posters will be on display.
"Thai Trends from Localism to Internationalism" will be on display on the 3rd-5th and 7th-9th floor of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre from Thursday until Nov 4. The art centre is located at Pathumwan intersection and opens Tue-Sun from 10am-9pm. For more information, call 02-214-6630_8 ext 519 or 081-835-9585.