Coming next Feb. 14-Feb. 15, 2020: GALLERIES NIGHT ‘LOVE IS IN THE ART’

First launched in Thailand in 2013 and inspired by “La Nuit Blanche” (The white nights of Paris), Galleries’ Night is nowadays a highlight of the cultural season in Bangkok bringing together, year after year, a larger audience of curious-minded people and art lovers.

On the night visitors will discover Silom/ Sathorn / Riverside galleries and on the night they will discover Sukhumvit galleries.

JOURNEY

The audiences are invited to go from one gallery to another.

To help the visitors through this journey, 30 dedicated tuktuks will travel through specific routes.

Of course, audiences can also take public transportation as well as walking to access each gallery. The dedicated mobile application of Galleries Night (powered by Pimclick) is available for free on Android and Apple stores and aims to help the visitors to choose and find the galleries.

The website www.french-highlights.com and Facebook page La Fête and Galleries’ Night BKK will also be here to update all related info.

For something a little more classic, a print map with all the galleries and tuktuk routes will be provided for free. Also, more than 80 volunteers will be available to answer your inquiries.

EXHIBITIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS

The galleries will be open from 5 p.m. onwards; the list will be available on Facebook, printed map and mobile application.

Some of them will host special events such as dance, painting performances or live talks. For the official opening ceremony, we will invite partners, press, guests and the public to join us for a special launching drink on Friday February 14th 2020 (venue to be announced).

CONTINUE THE ADVENTURE ON ONLINE

We invite all the participants of Galleries Night 2020 to connect with our community of Galleries’ Night in online by sharing pictures or videos on Facebook and Instagram with official hashtag

#GNBKK20.

The seventh edition of Galleries’ Night returns to Bangkok on February 14th and 15th, with a record gathering of more than 70 galleries and 250 artists from Thailand and all over the world.

During two nights, Galleries’ Night connects art lovers, serious collectors and enthusiasts and invites them to discover famous or hidden art spaces through two different journeys :

Feb. 14th on Silom/Sathorn/ Riverside Feb. 15th on Sukhumvit/Pathumwan

Getting from one gallery to another by our dedicated tuktuks, the audience will enjoy special events and unique contemporary creations in the galleries, which join us every year on this magical night , reflecting the truly global nature of Galleries’ Night.

On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, the two nights will invite the Bangkokians to fall in love with art, culture and beautiful places. One watchword: Love is in the art.

The Press Conference for Galleries’ Night will be held on Wednesday, January 15th 2020 from 5.00 p.m., at the Residence of the French Ambassador.

This year, Galleries’ Night breaks new ground. In a new format, the press conference will enhance exchanges and discussions, with the aim of fostering enriching encounters between artists, galleries and journalists.

You will have the opportunity to talk and interview galleries, artists and organization members in a relaxed and beautiful venue.

GALLERIES’ NIGHT – 7th EDITION – 14th & 15th FEBRUARY 2020

2 nights to visit more than 65 galleries

Friday 14th February 2020 : Launching Ceremony (Venue to be confirmed) Silom/Sathorn/Riverside  line

Saturday 15th February 2020 : Sukhumvit line

From 5 p.m. onwards

Free admission for every gallery Free dedicated Tuktuks

GALLERIES’ NIGHT – 7th EDITION – FEBRUARY 14th & 15th 2020

The seventh edition of Galleries’ Night returns to Bangkok on February 14th and 15th, with a record gathering of more than 65 galleries and 250 artists from Thailand and all over the world.

During two nights, Galleries’ Night connects art lovers, serious collectors and enthusiasts and invites them to discover famous or hidden art spaces through two different journeys :

Feb. 14th on Silom/Sathorn/ Riverside

Feb. 15th on Sukhumvit/Pathumwan

Getting from one gallery to another by our dedicated tuktuks, the audience will enjoy special events and unique contemporary creations in the galleries, which join us every year on this magical night , reflecting the truly global nature of Galleries’ Night.

On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, the two nights will invite the Bangkokians to fall in love with art, culture and beautiful places. One watchword: “Love is in the art”.

The Press Conference for Galleries’ Night will be held on Wednesday, January 15th 2020 from 5.00 p.m., at the Residence of the French Ambassador.

This year, Galleries’ Night breaks new ground. In a new format, the press conference will enhance exchanges and discussions, with the aim of fostering enriching encounters between artists, galleries and journalists.

You will have the opportunity to talk and interview galleries, artists and organization members in a relaxed and beautiful venue.

GALLERIES’ NIGHT – 7th EDITION – 14th & 15th FEBRUARY 2020

2 nights to visit more than 65 galleries

Friday 14th February 2020 : Launching Ceremony (Venue to be confirmed) Silom/Sathorn/Riverside  line

Saturday 15th February 2020 : Sukhumvit line

From 5 p.m. onwards

Free admission for every gallery Free dedicated Tuktuks

More info: Galleries’ Night BKK

A B O U T

First launched in Thailand in 2013 and inspired by “La Nuit Blanche” (The white nights of Paris), Galleries’ Night is nowadays a highlight of the cultural season in Bangkok bringing together, year after year, a larger audience of curious-minded people and art lovers.

On the night visitors will discover Silom/ Sathorn / Riverside galleries and on the night they will discover Sukhumvit galleries.

JOURNEY

The audiences are invited to go from one gallery to another.

To help the visitors through this journey, 30 dedicated tuk-tuks will travel through specific routes.

Of course, audiences can also take public transportation as well as walking to access each gallery. The dedicated mobile application of Galleries Night (powered by Pimclick) is available for free on Android and Apple stores and aims to help the visitors to choose and find the galleries.

The website French-highlights.com and Facebook page La Fête and Galleries’ Night BKK will also be here to update all related info.

For something a little more classic, a print map with all the galleries and tuk-tuk routes will be provided for free. Also, more than 80 volunteers will be available to answer your inquiries.

EXHIBITIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS

The galleries will be open from 5 p.m. onwards; the list will be available on Facebook, printed map and mobile application.

Some of them will host special events such as dance, painting performances or live talks. For the official opening ceremony, we will invite partners, press, guests and the public to join us for a special launching drink on Friday, February 14th, 2020 (venue to be announced).

CONTINUE THE ADVENTURE ON ONLINE

We invite all the participants of Galleries Night 2020 to connect with our community of Galleries’ Night in online by sharing pictures or videos on Facebook and Instagram with the official hashtag #GNBKK20.

‘COUNTING’ Orawan Arunrak July 20 – August 25, 2019 Bangkok CityCity Gallery

Press Preview: Friday July 19, 2019, 13:00 – 17:00 hrs.

Please email info@bangkokcitycity.com for appointment in advance.

Opening Reception: Saturday July 20, 2019, 19:00 – 21:00 hrs.

© 2019 Orawan Arunrak / BANGKOK CITYCITY GALLERY

Journey of flowers,

Communication of flowers.

I greet the Vietnamese florist via flower. I can’t speak Vietnamese,

I can’t speak German.

She cant speak English.

From Flower Communication

BANGKOK CITYCITY GALLERY is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, COUNTING by Orawan Arunrak, an artist with an observant eye and a wayfarer who collects anecdotes from people of her day-to-day associations. Since 2016, her life has been shifting between Bangkok and Berlin, conversations and observations with city dwellers of a vicinity accumulated into multiple sketches.

An assemblage of stories implemented into drawing and writing, Arunrak’s first solo exhibition with the gallery invites audiences to count and assimilate a rhythmic pattern of her shifting life by walking through architectural elements as an index of inhabitation, a foundation of home.

For Arunrak, an off-site drawing potentially generates interesting conversations, and she has been employing this tactical process to produce her artwork. Unlike an arranged interview, an organic exchange between the artist and passersby offers more room, a drift to wider observation of the surroundings—in other words, a social illustration of city dwellers. Her artistic language maneuvers in the careful lines, mellow color, and soft words, constructs multiples trails of reading, and slowly morphs into a silhouette of her own body.

In COUNTING exhibition, the prefabricated concrete blocks are materials available in the space, the transitional space that stories await for people to find and collect. The accumulation of stories are kept within the piles of concrete from which places Arunrak spent time crafting her narratives. The act of counting is a meditation, a slow discovery—from the artist to audiences, from the footpath to the gallery.

Her artwork is like a communication between softness of drawing and roughness of concrete. It also resembles how kids often play and draw on the street.

A pedestrian walkway,

Treading, rolling on the road.

Turning an accelerator handle, a paintbrush moves. A canvas is stretched, carried on the shoulder.

Riding a motorbike and paints, earning a living on the street.
A footpath gallery is open, presenting images of monks, Kings, mountains, forests. “Footpath” is an adverse name; people commented, so it should be changed, “Mongkol” is a lucky name, this name is prosperous, Art for auspice, footpath artist, footpath gallery.

From The Footpath Gallery

COUNTING, a solo exhibition by Orawan Arunrak, will be at BANGKOK CITYCITY GALLERY (Sathorn Soi 1 – near MRT Lumpini station – parking at 123 Parking) from Saturday July 20 – August 25, 2019. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 13:00 – 19:00 hrs. For more information, please contact info@bangkokcitycity.com or +66830872725.

JOSEPH BEUYS: Important Sculptures from the 1950s: 20 Sept. – 16 Nov. 2019 Bastian, LONDON

Joseph Beuys, The Couple, 1952 – 1953, plaster, wax, wood, 77 x 60 x 20.5 cm, Installed in vitrine: 164 x 160 x 72 cm Courtesy BASTIAN, © Joseph Beuys Estate

BASTIAN is pleased to present Joseph Beuys: Important Sculptures from the 1950s, running from 20 September – 16 November 2019. Exhibited for the first time in the UK, five unique sculptures from the 1950s by Beuys are shown alongside documentary photographs, offering a rare opportunity to discover significant early works of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The exhibition follows a solo show of German painter Ulrich Erben and affirms BASTIAN’s dedication to illustrating and promoting post-war German art in the UK.

Presenting work from the time when Beuys had just found his own artistic language based on a deep comprehension of the inner logic of mythology, the exhibition bears witness to the artist’s constant use of mythical references to understand an old spiritual world and its role in modern life. In his drawings and sculptures Beuys documented his ‘leitmotiv’, the path of transformation from ‘nature to culture’ in our civilization. A wanderer between worlds, he became an artist/anthropologist, a shaman interested in natural phenomena, psychological processes and

archetypal early-Christian motifs. In his visions, he imagined a modern world that would recognize the importance of our ancient spiritual spheres, as visible in the language of his work.

At BASTIAN, a sculpture reflecting a process of transformation can be seen in Beuys’ 1952-53 work The Couple: two bodies, a woman and a man, are laid out next to each other on a bare stone base, encased within a glass vitrine. At first evoking a feeling of infinite peace, the viewer then notices a deep cut in the woman’s throat – suggesting the idea that Sleep and Death are interconnected, as described in Homer’s Odyssey. In Beuys’ work, however, both bodies, passing from sleep to death, represent the intact state of mind and soul. In the artist’s words: ‘I would say man does not consist only of chemical processes, but also of metaphysical occurrences. The provocateur of the chemical processes is located outside the world. Man is only truly alive when he realizes he is a creative, artistic being […].’

Also exhibited, Hammer for the Hard of Hearing, 1959-60, sees a dried cod with hand painted red coloured crosses of paper – for Beuys a way to charge the matter with a spiritual content. Hung beside a seemingly makeshift hammer of wood and glass, both objects represent a deliberate interdependency of an organic, natural material with a man-made tool, the silent hammer. The work’s title playfully alludes to the notion of sound as sculptural material and the contradiction of the silent hammer, which would break when used. Beuys’ works from the early 60s continue to incorporate these acoustic dimensions, embodying his ‘extended concept of art’ as encompassing every creative action.

Since his death in 1986, Beuys has been the subject of a number of major exhibitions in the UK and internationally, including Tate Modern (London), De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill on Sea), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa),  Moscow Museum of  Modern Art  (Moscow),  and Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin).

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive publication in English and German.

About BASTIAN

Founded in 1989 by Céline and Heiner Bastian, the gallery is dedicated to representing and exhibiting modern and contemporary art. Under the direction of second-generation Aeneas Bastian since 2016, the London gallery space opened in February 2019. BASTIAN’s core exhibition programme includes 20th century artists such as Pablo Picasso and Jean Dubuffet, as well as German and American post-war artists including Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.

As well as publishing exhibition catalogues, artist monographs and catalogues raisonnés, BASTIAN participates at international art fairs including Art Berlin, Art Düsseldorf and Masterpiece London and Hong Kong.

Seeing Sounds

1-7 October 2019

Derrick Ofosu Boateng, Fruit of Life (2019). Image courtesy of the artist and HAART

Breaking away from the traditional gallery experience, the House of African Art (HAART) is a new platform that showcases established and emerging artists from Africa and the diaspora. From 1-7 October, HAART presents its second exhibition, Seeing Sounds, at Copeland Gallery, Peckham. HAART’s pop-up exhibition model, which launched in March 2019 with its inaugural exhibition The Next Wave, creates an engaging environment around visual arts, coupled with a public programme of performances, talks and events.

Showcasing a variety of artwork in which each artist explores the links between sound, music and creativity, Seeing Sounds is presented alongside a schedule of evening talks, spoken word poetry performances and live music. Exhibiting artists include Dennis Osadebe (b. 1991), Derrick Ofosu Boateng (b. 1998), Jumoke Sanwo (b. 1977) and Williams Chechet (b. 1981).

One of the works on show will be an audio-visual installation comprised of 40 select songs, texts and images by Jumoke Sanwo. The Playlist chronicles the last 40 years of the artist’s life and explores the notion of the body as a storage device, instrumental for passing down stories and cultural traditions from one generation to the next.

Dennis Osadebe is a Nigerian mixed media artist best known for his contemporary, vibrant post-pop style. Osadebe uses a unique blend of digital processes to create canvases that are subsequently layered with acrylic paint. With his characteristic use of flattened planes and bold colour, the artist creates what he refers to as a “neo” visual style that is “modern, bright, expressive and provocative.”

Derrick Ofosu Boateng is a photographer born and based in Accra, Ghana. Driven by a desire to create works which showcase the vitality, joy and exuberance of the local people, Boateng captures stills of everyday life in Ghana and distorts the backgrounds with arresting color palettes, showing his hometown in a new light.

Jumoke Sanwo is a Nigerian lens-based artist working in the medium of photography, in conjunction with text, video art and virtual reality. Sanwo’s work often addresses concerns around African aesthetics as well notions of the self and identity, thereby fostering new narratives in the decolonization discourse.

Williams Chechet is a pop artist, graphic designer, illustrator and muralist who was raised in Kaduna in northern Nigeria and currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Chechet is interested in images that circulate in popular culture, focusing on symbols of Nigerian society through a pop art lens. In his recent projects, Chechet explores the faces and characters of northern Nigeria as well as the leaders, icons and images that have shaped Nigeria’s political history.

Dennis Osadebe, I’m Watching You (2017). Digital and acrylic on canvas.
Image courtesy of the artist and HAART


Details

Title: Seeing Sounds

Dates: 1-7 October 2019

Opening Reception: 1 October 2019, 7pm-10pm

Previews (by appointment): 1 October 2019, 10am-7pm

Address: Copeland Gallery, Copeland Park, 133, Copeland Road, London SE15 3SN Opening Times: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10am – 10pm; Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 10am – 8pm; Monday 7 October: 10am – 2pm.

Admission: Free Opening; £7 for Private Evening Events on Thursday and Saturday; £12 for an Unlimited House Ticket

Nearest Station: Peckham Rye Overground Station

Tickets and Event Schedule: Eventbrite registration link

About HAART

HAART was founded in 2018 by British-Nigerian lawyer Maryam Lawal, who has had a lifelong passion for the arts with a particular focus on artwork from the African continent. Primarily inspired by the burgeoning art scene in Lagos, Nigeria, Lawal aims to give artists from the continent and the diaspora a platform for their work, providing them with greater support and wider recognition. HAART allows collectors to purchase works from early to mid-career artists and currently works with artists originating from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast.

The Real DMZ Project: Negotiating Borders

1 October – 23 November 2019 (VIP Preview: 30 September 2019)

Hein-kuhn Oh, A laughing sergeant and a private E-2 at attention, October 2010, 2010, 150cm x 190cm, Archival Ink-jet Print. Courtesy the artist

The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK), London announces Negotiating Borders, a new exhibition from the Real DMZ Project featuring works by Kyungah Ham, Yeondoo Jung, Hein-kuhn Oh, Kyung Jin Zoh, Min Joung-Ki and Minouk Lim, with more to be announced. Founded in 2012 by curator Sunjung Kim, the Real DMZ Project is an ongoing contemporary art project centred around research conducted on the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South  Korea.  Engaging  with  this unique and complex territory, the exhibition presents new commissions and recent works across installation, sculpture and photography, confronting the sensitivities, perceptions and  realities  of  a divided Korean peninsula.

Since its establishment in 1953, the DMZ has paradoxically been regarded as one of the world’s most heavily militarised areas. With border  tensions easing, and unprecedented progress in inter-Korean relations, recent measures – including the demolishing of twenty guard posts in December 2018  – can be seen as a first step towards disarmament.

Positioned within this context, the exhibition at KCCUK intertwines the conceptual pillars of time and space to link the past, present and future of the DMZ. Kyungah Ham’s work Detail From SMS Series and Balls (2017-18) references the current situation today. In her embroidered canvases, colourful designs are encoded with camouflaged messages in English and Korean, including quotations from South Korean pop songs, internet slang and recent newspaper headlines. Produced by North Korean seamstresses contacted  indirectly  through brokers, these abstract  compositions – designed  to avoid censorship from North Korean authorities – bear witness to an extraordinary phase of change in the region. Meanwhile, the transition of time is explored in Min Joung-Ki’s 1981 and 2019 canvases, expressing a historical geography encompassing both past and present, while stirring our imagination of a future he had envisioned. Also on show are photographs by Hein-kuhn Oh in which soldiers are portrayed as individuals, not just as a part of the military – offering different perspectives on lives forced into a political situation. His works depict the conflict soldiers face as both an “individual” and a “group”, as “I” and “us”, presenting the obscure anxiety of this duality.

Minouk Lim prompts enquiry into the historical context of the DMZ in dialogue with the present. Monument 300 – Chasing Watermarks references a massacre recorded to have taken place in the DMZ’s Waterworks Center in Cheorwon. Involving the tragic, unjust death of 300 people, Lim depicts a story of which the end is unknown, inviting viewers to imagine and interpret this forgotten or concealed history. Yeondoo Jung’s photographic installation also interweaves the past with the present, using the central motif of a bridge which can be seen from the Dora observatory in South Korea, overlooking the DMZ. Combining documentation and mise-en-scène, actors pictured alongside tourists inside the observatory blur the distinctions between the past and the present, fiction and reality.

Whilst the exhibition offers a unique insight into the complexities of the Korean peninsula, research and archival material offer alternative views of the DMZ’s surroundings, encompassing themes such as landscapes, villages, military and natural bio-environment. For instance, Kyung Jin Zoh’s (Professor of Landscape Architecture at Seoul National University) extensive study on the nature of the area culminates into 248 km Wild Garden, A Beautiful, Border (2019), presenting a variety of plant samples.

Archive photography of the military and villages near the border also present the DMZ with material from both public institutions and personal collections, including regional residents as well as U.S. soldiers who were stationed in the area. Individual images may only document one version of the past, but  as an assemblage, they reveal the complexity beneath  the surface. By shedding light  on these different perspectives, the  exhibition prompts  viewers  to speculate  on  the future potential of the DMZ region through different lenses that go beyond the artistic realm.

The Real DMZ Project

The Real DMZ Project is a contemporary art project based on research conducted on the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) in South Korea and its border area. Having begun with a critical perspective on the ironies that surround the Demilitarized Zone, its first edition in 2012 was a project organised in the form of an exhibition held both in and out of the Civilian Control Zone in Cheorwon County. The Real DMZ Project has extended its parameters – not only geographically to the Art Sonje Center in Seoul, and the establishment of a new artist residency in the former propaganda village of Yangji-ri- but also by experimenting with new productions and exhibitions, as well as talks, workshops, and lectures within the fields of the humanities and social sciences. The long-term vision of the Real DMZ Project is to create a platform that supports a variety of research methods and exhibition formats, ensuring that the results are made accessible in open archive.

KCCUK

The KCCUK (Korean Cultural Centre UK) operates as an organisation promoting  Korea’s  vibrant cultural scene to UK audiences. The KCCUK holds exhibitions across the visual arts, dance, music and design fields, alongside an education programme which seeks to develop knowledge of  Korean heritage, history and culture. Showcasing work by both emerging and well-established Korean artists, KCCUK have previously presented dual exhibitions with prominent UK institutions including Ikon, Birmingham,  Spike  Island,  Bristol,  Delfina  Foundation,  London,  amongst  others.  By acting  as  a platform for collaboration, KCCUK aims to exhibit and introduce some of the most exciting Korean artists to wider audiences.

Exhibition Details

Title:                                           The Real DMZ Project: Negotiating Borders

Dates:                                        1 October – 23 November 2019

Preview:                                    30 September 2019

Artist Talk:                                 3  October  2019

Address:                                    Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1 – 3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW (Entrance on Northumberland Ave)

Telephone:                                 +44(0)20 7004 2600

Website:                                    www.kccuk.org.uk

Opening  Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm

Instagram:            @kccuk_exhibition

Twitter:                  @KCCUK

Facebook:               @KCCUK

BANGKOK ART SCENE NOW

The thriving art scene of today’s Bangkok has seen new galleries opening up since early last year, adding a welcoming touch and fresh artistic vibe to the already saturated plethora of department stores. A good sign showing that, Bangkok is trying to pin itself onto the worldwide destination city for art and culture.

With artistic initiatives such as the first PhotoBangkok Festival 2015 (July 29th – Oct. 4th, 2015), let’s all hope that the city will be back into the highlights but this time not for its political turmoil and economic instability.

Adler Subhashok Gallery

Hard to find upon the first visit and tucked in a small alley off Sukhumvit soi 33, Adler Subhashok Gallery will impress visitors with its modern design building spread across four floors with over 1,000 square meters of space dedicated to Art.

With an international and highly professional team, including collector Subhashok Angkasuwansiri (owner of Subhashok Art Center), French couple Armelle and Joel Cohen of Adler gallery Paris, and Subhashok’s French art dealer, Laurent de Pass, the gallery aims to market Thai contemporary art around the world as well as introducing more Western art to Thai collectors.

Expect artworks and installations by upcoming young Thai artists or by international artists whose works has never or rarely been exhibited in Bangkok.

Their next exhibition titled “Wu Jin”「凝視 無盡」, by Taiwanese master of modern photography Ko Si-Chi, is an ‘Exhibition of Timelessness’ (Sept. 11th – Oct. 18th, 2015).

*This exhibition is part of Photo Bangkok 2015

“Wu Jin”「無盡」meaning ‘timelessness’ in Chinese, describes Mr. Ko’s current status; keep walking, keep shooting, freeze the time, cross time and space, step over the beauty, stand far above the unworldliness, this name is also inspirited from the “Endless Light” in Vimalakirti Sutra-Buddha Chapter.

[Opening reception: September 11th 2015, 7:00 pm]

Adler Subhashok Gallery – Bangkok

160/3 Soi Sukhumvit 33, Sukhumvit Rd., Klongton Nue, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

Tel: (+66) 2-662-0299 http://www.sacbangkok.com/

 56th Studio

Further down and hidden deep inside Sukhumvit soi 31 (BTS Phrom Phong), another privately owned gallery, 56th Studio was created by Thai creative director/designer Napawan and art director/bartender Saran. This quirky space is dedicated to Visual Designs with a blend of graphic design, illustration, product design, furniture and ‘everything sitting in between’.Combining a pop-up speakeasy with drinks tailored to the theme of each exhibition, the 45sqm attic function not only as an office to a multi-disciplinary design studio; but also as a bar, a concept store and a meeting point where established designers, upcoming artists and all design-lovers collides.Their monthly-curated events showcase young and upcoming designers and makers, with selected graphic prints, illustrations, furniture and fine art. Make sure to have a chat with them on their secret outdoor covered terrace and try their excellent concoctions.56th Studio Private Gallery (opens on Fri, Sat, Sun from 12.00 – 24.00)

235/10, unit 9-11 Green Connect, Sukhumvit soi 31, Klongtun-nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 http://www.56thstudio.com/

H Gallery Bangkok

H Gallery Bangkok was established in 2002 and deserves a special mention in this article as one of Thailand’s pioneering leading venues for current art in the region by maintaining a curated program of experimental works and international dialogues.

With an exclusive focus on Thai artists, the gallery has evolved as critical shifts in Asia’s art scenes and continues to ensure their transnational importance for the very notion of Contemporary Art ‘made in Thailand’.

In 2011, as a continuation of Bangkok’s longstanding history of alternative venues, saw the birth of H Project Space (on the second floor of H gallery), directed by Dr. Brian Curtin, an art critic and curator.

In 2012, H Gallery Chiang Mai opened with an installation by the celebrated Thai artist Mit Jai-Inn. H Gallery also manages two exhibition spaces at Gaysorn department store in Bangkok.

The gallery roster includes Sopheap Pich, Somboon Hormtientong and Jakkai Siributr. H galleries has also collaborated with Shen Wei, Sakarin Krue-On, Michael Lee, Jedsada Tangtrakulwong, Olivier Pin-Fat, Viet Le, Simon Larbalestier and a provocative variety of emerging and established talents.

H Gallery keeps an extensive inventory of works, which can be viewed by appointment only.

Upcoming exhibition at H gallery Bangkok:

Frank Hallam Day ‘Call Waiting: Bangkok Phone Booths’

(Aug. 6 – Sept. 27, 2015) *This exhibition is part of Photo Bangkok 2015

A multivalent series of photographs of Bangkok’s battered public phone booths.

H GALLERY BANGKOK / H PROJECT SPACE . 201 Sathorn Soi 12 Bangkok

H GALLERY CHIANG MAI . Mae Rim Province . Chiang Mai – Near The Four Seasons Resort

G1 CONTEMPORARY & THE SPACE . Gaysorn Shopping Center . Bangkok

H GALLERY at EAT ME RESTAURANT Convent Road Bangkok

HGALLERYBKK.COM Tel: +66(0)85 021 5508

Speedy Grandma & Speedy Grandchild

Speedy Grandma* was founded in August 2012 by Lee Anantawat and Thomas Menard, both big supporters and art enthusiasts of the dynamic Thai contemporary art scene. Entering 2015, Pisitakun Kuntalang and Judha Su united the team, and they started to position themselves as an “alternative space”.

In addition to monthly exhibitions held at Speedy Grandma, they recently launched a new project, Speedy Grandchild, which is exclusively dedicated for art students or young (inexperienced) artists to occupy their second floor studio each month.

Opened for any kind of experimental ideas, they are also running artist-in-residency programs for international artists who would like to work and share their experiences with local artists and audiences. Lee Anantawat ‘Granny’ truly believes in the transformative power of art, youthful spirit, and non-hierarchical relationships. She declares: “Art should not be condemned to an isolated or exclusive universe, so our main mission is to advocate for the dynamic and critical role of art in the society. We see the experimentation as a mode of inquiry which is necessary if we are to insist on a constant, probing and generous interaction with reality. If you are having any daring and risk-taking idea, and think we can be helpful, just contact us; as ‘Granny’ with a restless soul I am always available for you”.

*The name “Speedy Grandma” was from an urban ghost legend. A Grandma riding a motorbike in Bangkok was cut in two pieces by a string stretched in a small street. The legend says that if anyone rides too fast in that small street, he will see in his wing mirror the upper half Grandma’s body crawling after his vehicle… As an urban legend can be spread out quickly, the “Speedy Grandma” space aims at popularizing art, and intend to promote a new generation of talented and ambitious artists. The name also reveals the quirky character of the four members team.

Speedy Grandma & Speedy Grandchild, 672/50-52 Soi Charoenkrung 28, Bangrak, Bangkok

Tel: +66811005154 (Jen) / +66921158696 (Thomas)

http://www.speedygrandma.com/

Soy Sauce Factory

Following his steps to develop more art venues in what was then ‘an abandoned part of Chinatown’, Thomas Menard (co-founder of Speedy Grandma) opened Soy Sauce Factory in May 2014, an eclectic art space which operates like a bar gallery on the first floor, an exhibition space on the second floor, and an artist in residence accommodations on the third floor. The interior is bare and industrial, a reminiscence of New York warehouses converted into airy lofts. Upstairs regular exhibitions are often held in collaboration with Most photography agency, lead by Eliseo Barbara.

The recent addition to the venue is a Northern style street food restaurant overlooking the destitute khlong and offering outdoor sittings. Enjoy a strong ‘rhum arrange’ (perfumed rum) while swinging over the canal, home to a couple of giant lizards.

Soy Sauce Factory, Soi 24, Charoenkrung road, Bangkok

Tel: +66(0)61 835 6824 https://www.facebook.com/soysaucefactory

S gallery

A recent addition to Bangkok art galleries, Sofitel Bangkok (Sukhumvit) luxury hotel has launched its own 100-square-meter gallery inspired by French contemporary art and design.

In what was previously Le Bar, S gallery hosts new exhibitions every two months. Curated by MG art design, they feature the works of Thai or French painters, photographers, sculptors and installation artists.

Current exhibition: ‘Out of Curiosity’ by Bruno Tanquerel (June 18th – Sept 6th, 2015)

French artist and architect Bruno Tanquerel’s solo exhibition features his latest contemporary artwork in the style of Paul Klee, with abstract lines that touch upon human relationships.

S Gallery, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok, Thailand

Tel: +66(0)93-582-6588 http://www.mgartdesign.com/

YenakArt Villa

The latest addition to the burgeoning Bangkok art scene, YenakArt Villa is the second collaboration between Frederic Meyer and Jeremy Opritesco (Namsah Bottling Trust).

Inside a spacious building influenced by the European 1930’s architectural avant-garde and a facade made entirely from glass, facing a 600 square meters garden, the innovative duo created a place “where art could be enjoyed during intimate gatherings, in the presence of the exhibited artist; a place where art is considered as an essential part of a subtle and exciting life-style; a place where art could be experienced together with fine dining, wine tastings and music; a place with a cosy ambience, where all the guests could express their own personalities, in the company of old and new friends.”

The highlight being their bi-monthly exclusive gathering with fine dining paired along with wine in the presence of the artist and music played by a DJ according to the exhibited art works. For each diner, around 15 invitations are sent out to selected individuals, from art collectors, art critics, journalists, key opinion leaders, academics, artists to entrepreneurs, mainly Thai but as well to expats living in Thailand.

Yenarkart Villa is located at 69 Soi Prasat Suk and can be visited only by appointment

Tel. +66(0)2235-9800 email: aie@avrilprod.com.

Photos: courtesy from the galleries unless specified (© photo by Vincent Sung)

MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art)

The result of a private initiative by a Thai entrepreneur and philanthropist to hold his private art collection, MOCA Bangkok boasts a collection larger and arguably better curated than the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. Though it is a long taxi ride to get here, more than 400 quality pieces await in this strikingly designed building, spanning several art forms, including paintings, photography, sculptures, and multimedia installations.

499 Moo 3 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road
+6629531005
BTS Sukhumvit Line to Mo Chit, then by taxi
Tue–Sun 10 am to 6 pm

BACC (Bangkok Art & Culture Center)

BACC (Bangkok Art & Culture Center) – highlight Bangkok art

It’s not quite the Tate Modern, but with its central location, the Bangkok Art and Culture Center is still worth a pop in for travelling art lovers. While the building looks blocky and uninspiring on the outside, the circular layout on the inside allows for great showcasing of photographs and paintings. As you move from floor to floor, you will see design stores, mini-galleries, bookshops and small cafés. The larger exhibitions are usually on the last 2 floors, and change regularly. Entrance is free of charge.

– Complete Address: Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

939 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

– Telephone number: +66(0)214-6630

– Website: http://www.bacc.or.th

Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 – 20h00

– Public Transport: BTS National Stadium

– Price Range: free-of-charge

– Pay with: free-of-charge