Feb 18 2012
If you’re searching for fine art, masterfully curated and periodically refreshed, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is likely not for you. But if you define ‘fine’ as suitable for a lazy Bangkok weekend, the BACC is an ideal venue. The BACC does not demand much of your time or any of your money; you can rove in and out of the exhibits as you please, with no need for any order.
The best feature of the BACC is not necessarily what hangs on its walls, but the structure itself: a modern collage of rounded corners and straight edges, with a spiral interior, twisting tightly like a shirt wrung out to dry. Even on weekends, the building remains empty compared to its bustling neighbour, MBK. Why furry iPhone cases and blonde hair extensions are more sought after than art is grist for the aporia mill, but consider the extra leg room a blessing.
Start your visit at the cafe on the third floor, a cosy spot for basic coffee, tea, hot chocolate and homemade banana muffins. Then make your way through the small galleries, lined up in a row like a school dormitory. Due to a hazy mix of construction delays and bureaucratic red tape, some spaces are either unoccupied or half-occupied — as if the artist went out to buy canvas tacks and never came back.
Stop by the tables lining the galleries to admire the work of impressive local artists, where you can talk to them about their process and buy greeting cards and other knick-knacks to take home. The facility also features frequent art talks (in both English and Thai) and even a black-box theatre with mime artists.
Though the BACC is by no means a trip to the Louvre, it is a pleasant space with the potential to support Bangkok’s art community. Quirky, confused, and free of charge; a perfect way to spend a rainy day in Bangkok or an excuse to escape the heat.
BACC (Bangkok Art and Culture Centre)
39 Rama I Rd, Pathumwan
BTS: Connected to National Stadium, or a short walk from Siam
T: (02) 214 6630-1
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