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The beautiful sculptures of an Italian artist with Thai links gave Maitree Siriboon inspiration for his own work

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Stone sculptures that adorn an Italian spa town have come to symbolise a bilateral relationship _ and inspire new art pieces in a faraway land. Maitree Siriboon, a contemporary artist from Ubon Ratchathani, has bridged the East and West through his special pieces dedicated to the renowned Italian artist Galileo Chini. 

The interior of the Thermae Berzieri in Salsomaggiore, Italy, is decorated with Galileo Chini’s art.

To celebrate 145 years of friendship between Italy and Thailand, the Embassy of Italy and Siam Paragon have put up an exhibition of artworks by Chini. He is well known here as the man behind the splendid fresco inside the dome of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, one of the most majestic European-style structures in the country.

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