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MOCA Bangkok

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MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) spans five floors and 20,000 square metres of gallery space displaying hundreds of works by many of the top Thai artists of the last century. It’s absolutely worth the 250 baht ticket and the trip up to North Bangkok.





Thai telecommunications mogul Boonchai Bencharongkul established the museum in 2012 to exhibit works from his private collection while also providing Bangkok with a top-notch art museum. Done up with spacious rooms, high ceilings and plenty of light, the museum was dedicated to Corrado Feroci (aka Silpa Bhirasri), the Italian sculptor who worked in Thailand from the early to mid 20th century. He founded Silpakorn University, the kingdom’s leading art school that trained many of the artists showcased at MOCA.

Quite the collection. Photo taken in or around MOCA Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Quite the collection. Photo: David Luekens

Much of the art rifts on elements of Thai society and spirituality. Thongchai Srisukprasert’s work weaves futuristic undercurrents into temple-style murals. Sriwan Janehattakarnit’s gripping portrayals of skeletons call to mind the impermanence of life. Prateep Kochabua’s wildly imaginative interplay between creatures and humans seems to emerge from the depths of sub-consciousness with remarkable clarity. On the lighter side, the cartoonish paintings of Lumpu Kansanoh express simple joys of Thai life.

The fourth floor is dedicated to Thai “great artists” and includes dozens of paintings by the late Thawan Duchanee, whose abstract paintings of animals and demons blend brutality and gracefulness in an instantly recognisable style. Another room features a mix of paintings by some dozens of eminent 20th century artists like Tawee Nandakwang and Angkarn Kalayanapongsa. From there you can take a “passage through the universe” ending at a room with three massive paintings representing plains of existence in the ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
MOCA is located just off Vibhavadi-Rangsit Rd (the main highway to Don Muang Airport). You can get here by taxi from anywhere in the city, though we suggest catching one at Mo Chit BTS Station because there will be a better chance the driver will know the museum—expect to pay around 100 baht each way. If the driver doesn’t know MOCA, ask them to take you to Bang Khen Railway Station, located a few hundred metres south of the museum. If you don’t mind a slower trip for cheaper, you could catch a regular train to Bang Khen departing Hualamphong Station hourly throughout the day. When heading back to the city, staff can flag down a taxi or tell you how to cross the highway using a pedestrian bridge to catch a bus back to Mo Chit.

MOCA Bangkok
499 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Rd, Chatuchak
Tu–Su: 09:30–18:00
T: (02) 016 5666-7 
http://www.mocabangkok.com
Admission: 250 baht for adults; free for children and seniors

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