Monday, 3 September 2012

Thai Trends

Thai Trends
Thai Trends
Thai Trends: From Localism To Internationalism opened at BACC on 30th August (postponed from 16th August), and will close on 4th November. Ambitious and wide-ranging, the exhibition includes works by over 300 artists spanning sixty years of Thai art, and has a particularly impressive sculpture collection. One of the highlights is Mr Croc, by Rolf von Bueren, which has a wooden body and a crocodile's skull.

The exhibition was organised by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and is (of course) held in honour of the King, and therefore it has a worthy, conservative, and solemn atmosphere. It's probably the largest exhibition at BACC since Traces Of Siamese Smile, though it has none of the celebration or vibrancy of that earlier exhibition. (Thai Trends and Traces Of Siamese Smile were both curated by the same person, Apinan Poshyananda, whose video installation was shown as part of From Message To Media.)

There are some abstract works, and even a few installations, though these are hard to find among the endless religious and mythological paintings. New-media art is under-represented. There is a small, anodyne section devoted to issues of gender and sexuality, though this feels like mere tokenism. Provocative artists such as Anupong Chantorn and Vasan Sitthiket are included, though only their tamest works have been selected.

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