BANGKOK CITYCITY GALLERY
The latest art gallery to open in Bangkok officially launches this week, emerging in Sathorn Soi 1. The white-cube building has been designed to facilitate all forms of art, from paintings to video installations and live performances. The premiere exhibition opens this Aug 26, featuring the biggest ever solo exhibition of work by the famed Thai manga artist Wisut Ponnimit, titled MELO House.
Thonglor welcomed a brand new art gallery at the end of July. Its current opening exhibition features the work of Pok Kobkongsanti from T.R.O.P (Terrain + Open Space) landscape architectural design studio. Hand Drawing Retrospective Solo Exhibition is a compilation of the renowned architect's private drawings over the course of 10 years.
1/F, Liberty Tower, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 088-088-8066
Just one month old, this self-described art station combines an art gallery with a gastropub and coffee shop. Titled Dream On
, the upcoming exhibition consists of paintings and photographs under the theme of "reality versus expectation," and is set to open this Aug 21.
204 Soi Chinda Tawin, Si Phraya Rd., 098-364-4475. Open Mon-Wed 10:30-midnight, Thu 3pm-midnight, Fri-Sun 10:30-midnight. MRT Sam Yan. www.facebook.com/ubaanartstation
Finally, somewhere for live music and arty parties on Silom. This renovated six-story shop-house on the corner of Silom Soi 8 is the brainchild of filmmaker Oliver Wolfson. For now, the main action takes place on the ground floor, a grungy art space that’s more than a little reminiscent of Charoenkrung’s Soy Sauce Factory
, from the paintings on the whitewashed wall to the film projections and colorful lighting. Keep an eye out for their esoteric events held from Fri-Sun.
Silom Soi 8, 087-061-1117. Open Thu-Sun 7pm-midnight. BTS Sala Daeng
Nestled on Yen Akart Road, this multi-purpose by-appointment-only gallery opened in early June. Inspired by 1930s European architecture, the space has soaring ceilings, expansive glass and a crisp white facade. It aims to host a new exhibition each month, and is currently home to large-scale enamel paintings by New York artist Gary Gagliano
, available for viewing by appointment from now through Sep 20.
69 Soi Prasat Suk, Yen Akart Road., 02-235-9800.
56TH STUDIO PRIVATE GALLERY
Dedicated to illustration, furniture, graphic and product design, this private gallery also operates as a concept store and a meeting point for designers. Opened in January, the space reflects the owners' belief that graphic prints, textiles and furniture deserve to be admired with the same level of reverence as fine art. They’ll also be making an appearance at The Em District Art Market this Aug 29-30.