Dec 16, 2020
IN RECENT YEARS, THAILAND’S NASCENT ART SCENE has been drawing the attention and rave reviews of critics around the globe. Although the Thai capital boasts a handful of influential smaller galleries, one of the most consistently significant curatorial voices has been that of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Bangkok. This space has elevated Thai artists and provided a platform for all manner of bold, mixed media works. Now, the visionaries at MOCA Bangkok have joined forces with the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at the Chao Phraya River to create an innovative immersive art experience.
Situated in the heart of the Bangkok Creative District, the ART Space is an extension of the museum’s vision that allows the public to connect with contemporary art in a new way. Rotating quarterly exhibitions will spotlight a mixture of established and emerging Thai artists.
“The ART Space we’re creating at Four Seasons will be highly experiential and seamlessly integrated into the surroundings, making it a unique exhibit in the city,” said Kanachai Bencharongkul, director of MOCA Bangkok, in a statement. “We’re delighted to introduce a new way for people to engage with Thailand’s most interesting artists.”
Nino Saraburtra, the artist behind the impressive inaugural exhibition, is best-known for her highly Instagrammable, large-scale ceramic installations, though she also works in metal, acrylic, glass, and other media. A graduate of Silpakorn University in Bangkok, the prolific sculptor has had solo and group exhibitions in New York, Bangkok, Manila, Berlin, Singapore and Venice.
Previous works, like an ancient pagoda with 125,000 porcelain skulls, invite viewers to contemplate the joy and fragility of love and life. For her show at the Art Space, Saraburtra has created more than 100 ceramic hearts and more than 5,000 butterflies, which hang suspended from the ceiling. Each of these exquisitely handcrafted items draws viewers into her visually lavish world.
“Creativity is front and center at our urban resort, from architecture to interiors. Many of our in-house artworks are one-of-a-kind, designed for us by our legendary designer Jean-Michel Gathy and his firm, Denniston,” said Lubosh Barta, general manager at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok. “So, our collaboration with MOCA Bangkok feels like a natural fit. The showcase at the hotel will be like an extension of the museum, a chance to appreciate fine art in an unconventional ambiance.”