Ongoing events in Bangkok
The Bangkok University Gallery celebrates the first successful decade of Brandnew, its initiative to support emerging artists, with a multi-location art exhibition. Curated by Chiangrai-based artist, Angkrit Ajchariyasophon, this exhibit features artwork in various media by six young-blood artists and will show at five different galleries across Bangkok at different periods of time. The creations of Prae Pupityastaporn and Pakinee Sricharoensuk go up at the Bangkok University Gallery from 12 Nov to 14 Jan; Dr. Thatchatham Silsupan and Wansavang Yensabaidee at WTF Gallery from 16 Nov to 29 Dec; Atit Sornsongkram at Ver Gallery from 14 Dec to 15 Jan; and Nijsupa Nakaurai at the RMA Institute from 18 Dec to 31 Jan.
Brand-new creative space House of Lucie opens its doors with a retrospective exhibition of life and works of a well-known photojournalist Steve McCurry, whose most famous photo is the iconic “Afghan Girl” photograph in the National Geographic in 1984.
Shop through the big fat weekend market featuring 100 local fashion brand stalls and 150 food vendors and food trucks. Grab your food and join others at the buzzing communal area. There are also an arty space for face and body painting, live portrait drawing by talented artists, and live music from the local bands.
The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles celebrates Her Majesty’s seventh cycle birthday by showcasing her exquisite taste in fashion. The exhibition Fit for a Queen: HM Queen Sirikit’s Creations by Balmain focuses on her relationships with Pierre Balmain and François Lesage, two legendary French couturiers who created dresses for the monarch during her trips to Europe and America. Lovers of fashion history will be privy to how Her Majesty’s impeccable style evolved and developed over the years through a series of luxurious gowns, suits, cocktail dresses, and traditional and modern Thai costumes. These pieces are displayed alongside pictures of the Queen wearing them at different occasions during her trips to Europe and America in the 1960s, as well as the rarely-seen Louis Vuitton trunks that were used to transport the dresses. Balmain’s original sketchbook and a video interview with François Lesage, shot only a few months before he passed, are also on exhibit. See how Balmain cast his legendary magic on Thai silk, and take a closer look on Lesage’s delicate embroidery. Some nationalists may question why the Queen chose a foreign designer? According to museum consultant, Melissa Leventon, who co-curated the exhibition, no Thai fashion designer at that time was familiar with the complicated etiquette associated with royal dressing in the Western hemisphere. Her Majesty needed to attend several state events with the King, and no risk could be taken with her wardrob
Dressing Gods and Demons spotlights Her Majesty’s long-standing patronage of the art of khon, the traditional Thai masked dance associated with extravagant costumes and high-level performances. Prepare to be awed by the sumptuous headpieces, traditional finery and intricate golden accessories on display.