Aug 12 2011

Bangkok’s modern art hubs

Published by at 4:04 pm under Art & culture

Numerous venues in Bangkok are marketed as galleries, but for anyone looking to visit a proper gallery disappointment may ensue when some of these locales reveal themselves to be little more than a bar with a few framed photos. While we previously rounded up a list of galleries around the city that are worth a peek, and did some exploring of the art section at Chatuchak Weekend Market, here are two additional modern art hubs that present some of the most cutting-edge and creative exhibitions in the city. They offer more than a brewsky and mass-produced prints.

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)

All you need is art.

BACC  is Bangkok’s most popular spot for contemporary art. With gallery spaces, film seminars and educational and cultural programmes on here, there is a never-ending stream of activities and exhibitions to choose from. While it is good to check in on their site to see what is currently going on, it’s also worth just heading over and going for a wander. They host a slew of galleries, an art library and numerous cafes and small shops, so there are places to explore on every floor of this circling Guggeinheim-esque building. Even if none of the galleries tickle your fancy, the building is quite lively and there is plenty to do here by way of snacking, exploring and people watching.

Located just off the National Stadium BTS station. Open Tue-Sun 10:00-21:00. Admission is free, except for special events. T: (02) 214 6630

Thailand Creative & Design Centre (TCDC)

So this is design, eh?

With a diverse rotation of exhibitions, TCDC is known for being both thought-provoking and hands on. The exhibitions here often have interactive components and even occasionally feature accompanying kid-friendly activities. My first visit to TCDC was to see an exhibition on the influence and history of spirits and ghosts in Thai society. With videos, installments and sculptures, walking through the space felt like a trip to a very stylised haunted house.  This exhibition has since closed but TCDC seems to have a constant stream of compelling new work; it is well worth checking their website to see what is on during your time in Bangkok. An equally interesting permanent exhibition uses classic designs from 10 different countries as a lens through which to view societal culture. TCDC is also home to a members-only design library, but free one-day passes are available if you would like to check out their resources. There’s also a very worthwhile gift shop with a funky selection of eclectic jewellery and tchotckes.

Located on the 6th floor of Emporium Shopping Complex. Take the BTS to Phrom Phong station and enter directly into the mall from there. Open Tue-Sun 10:30-21:00. Entrance is free. T: (02) 664 8448

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