I don’t always get much time to visit art galleries. But, last weekend I was excited to visit the new Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC). This is located conveniently opposite MBK Shopping Mall with easy access from the National Stadium Sky Train station. It is unusual to find such a large building dedicated to art in the heart of the shopping strip in Bangkok. If you want a break from shopping or just want to escape the heat, then it is worth checking out the latest exhibitions at the BACC. From now until 15th February 2009 they have the excellent “Krungthep 226” exhibition. As you probably know already, “krungthep” is the Thai name for Bangkok and “226” refers to the age of the city.
The exhibition is a chance to see and learn about the history of the city as portrayed by over 200 pieces of art, both ancient and modern. On display are paintings, photographs and sculptures. The exhibition is divided into four zones: Bangkok’s Early Days, Modernized Bangkok vs. Nostalgic Past, New Bangkok Skyline and Dream Bangkok. I think this is a rare opportunity for us to see and compare how artists have portrayed the city over the last 226 years. In particular I find it interesting the visions of the future where one artist sees Bangkok over-run by the jungle. Another artist took pictures of Bangkok streetscenes and then used Photoshop to erase the ugly billboards and electricity wires.
If you have a chance, then I strongly urge you to visit the BACC. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Entrance to the art gallery is free. Check their website at www.bacc.or.th for latest exhibitions.