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Pod Art is an art exhibition by Pod Moderndog or Thanachai Ujjin, a well-known Thai artist. Inspired by his everyday life, the artist portrays his feelings in each day using colors and canvases in these 57 abstrat paintings. So, expect to see colorful drawings by the artist. The event is also a soft openning for a newest creative venue, Woof Pack Space, which will host art, music and other creative events.
Psychedelic art exibition by two Bangkok-based female artists, Hannah Theodorou and Rachelle Stylo. Theodorou's main focus is psychogeography and architectural theory revolving around mindful awareness, and that reflexes on her artworks, while Stylo is focusing on evoking the subconscious mind and presenting a contrast between reality and emotions within herself. So in this exhibition, you will be examine on inner space, pyschogeography and alternate realities through painthings by the two artists.
The lastest art exhibition by Anchalee Arayapongpanich is a series of thriller and horror Hollywood blockbusters where the artist plays a part as a protogonist in her painthings. This is not just a series of paintings as they represent the artist's urge to escape mundane, boring life and she portrays herself in exciting roles in those movies with her imagination and skills.
The Beach, an ocean of over one-million transparent recyclable balls and a sloped floor, is created to imitate an experience at the beach by New York-based design studio Snarkitecture. Swim and relax in the all-white interactive installation at Central Embassy. It's free! (But you are required to wear new socks which are available for B50. You can bring your own.)
Five international Bangkok-based artists, Philipp Christoph Haas (Austria), Wipoosana Supanakorn (Thailand), Ze Val Ortega (Spain), Karyna Mangusheva (Ukraine) and Christian Fielitz (Germany) show versions of cities in Asia through their own unique styles of paintngs, photography and mix media in Urbanicity.
A group exhibition featuring Thai and Indonesian artists on a subject about selfness, curated by Linjie Zhou, Jeong-ok Jeon and Jongsuwat Angsuvarnsiri. Artists examine contemporary culture to see the impacts on individuality, gender, social power and the ideologies of class structure. In the exhibition, you will see the comparison and contrast of the ideas about politics, superstitions, voyeurism, and self-analysis through various media such as photography, oil painting, video art and installation, and see how those topics relate to life of an individual.
Mode of Liaisons is a part of Condition Report, a collabarative art project by Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and the Japan Foundation Asia Center where young and senior curators from Japan and SEA countires work together. According to senior curator of the exhibition, Pichaya Aime Suphavanij, Mode of Liaisons aims to show collaborations of meanings in a process of making an art piece and examine on ecosystem and relationship of time, space and people in which the art works have created in. Plus curators and artists' perspcetive of South East Asia countires in the field of visual arts through various kinds of media such as painting, sculpture, film/video, installation and performance. Moreover, independent projects by four young curators, Nakamura Fumiko, Aung Myat Htay, Bayu Genia Krishbie, and Vittavin Leelavanachai, will also be held in form of workshop, written material, performing lecture and theater performance throughout the exhibition period.
The second solo exhibition by MethaGod or Thepmetha Thepboonta, My Fantasy World 0.000000000123456789 explores on a subject of gender by deleting the border of genders and creating his own presentation of it. In this exhibition, you will see representations of unique characters in his sexual imagination and irony to the real world through art forms he has been working on in the past few years. In three series of the exhibition, WELCOME TO MY WORLD, Aesthetic Of Sexualityand From My Second Spirit, three will also be shown.
Daniel Monfort Gil, a foreinge artist who has love for Bangkok, depicts gay life in the city through his fun and vibrant paitings. The exhibition consists of pictures in various situations and scences, plus stories of gay people he experiences first-hand to create imagination and understanding about gay people in our society. It's colorful and fun.
An exhibition, Dryopes by Shane Bunnag is a part of the Project New Visions curated by Manit Sriwanichpoom. The artist is a photographer and a filmmaker who believes that there are spirits everywhere. He captures his model doing worship-god-kind-of-dance in the wood with long exposure technique, resulting in trippy and hallucinating images of the model in an ancient lanscpape. This explores on subjects about spiritual elements of landscapes, rather than just beauty surfaces of them.
The latest solo exhibition by Wisut Ponnimit, a Thai manga artist and a multi-instrumentalist. LR Exhibition features two parts of the exhibition. The first part will be about his newest short animations, and the second one is original production animation drawings. In this special collaboration with Bangkok CityCity Gallery, visitors will experience interactive exhibition by following Wisut's characters' actions and seeing what happens like choosing to go between left or right as his idea about people's choices.
Riverlution Party will be your new friday night destination as there are fun beats from local DJs plus food and refreshing drinks from Riverside Grill. Come enjoy magnificent Chao Phraya River view, cool breeze, great food and cool music at Riverlution every Friday and Saturday!
The Sheltering Place is an exhibition by Yatender or Ao Kim Ngân, a Saigon based image-maker. Her unique works feature models, usually without clothes, posing in weird, yet erotic compositions in order to question viewers' ability to see beyond their limitation and provoke thoughts about human's fraguility. MOST gellery is open by appointment only, so we sugget you call: 0 2639 6582 or contact them here.
Although we live in a fast-pacing world with advanced technology to fulfill our desire, artist Narissara Pianwimungsa noticed dissatisfaction and loneliness still lay at the hearts of many people. She decided to convey unhappiness feelings through the embroideries of animals that she believes have subconsciously close relationship with humans such as peacock, fox and deer.
Everything Nineties is cool again, but if there’s one thing from this decade we wouldn’t risk repeating, it’s the Tom Yum Kung Crisis, the 1997 financial collapse that was dubbed as one of Asia’s worst-ever economic catastrophes. The crisis started in Thailand when the then government floated the baht due to huge foreign debt, overspending in the private sector and lack of foreign currency. The collapse of the baht affected the stock markets and economies in other countries in Asia, and raised fears around the world. We can still remember these disconsolate times – our parents suffered from debt, the rich became poor and the news reported of people jumping off buildings. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the crisis. The Museum Siam remembers the event with a walk-through exhibition that displays everything you need to know about the crisis, from the cause to its eventual results. These are depicted through cartoons and infographics in a classroom-themed room—as if saying that the lessons learned from this catastrophe is something we must all learn to avoid history from repeating itself. What did we learn? * Before the crisis, Thailand was ranked as one of Asia’s rising economic stars, following Singapore, with an annual economic growth of 8 to 13 percent. * The last payment to IMF in 2003 wasn’t the end of the Tom Yum Kung Crisis and Thailand is now free from all debts. It was just part of the massive amount of total debt. Thai government spent more than 1.4 tr
American rapper Pitbull returns to Thailand to rock the stage with hit singles, “Rain Over Me,” “I Know You Want Me,” “One The Floor,” and “Timber.”
Four artists from three countries — Khvay Samnang from Cambodia, Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai from Vietnam, and duo artists Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho from the Philippines, all of them left their hometown for works and studies — examine the movement of people, industry and inner beings in this multimedia exhibition.
Tony Ja’s Muay Thai feats stunned the world when the legendary film Ong Bak was released to the public in 2003. The film was a box-office success, grossing over US$20 million worldwide, and was praised by both critics and audiences for its chase scenes and and scenarios featuring CGI-free hand-to-hand combat. More than a decade later, Ong Bak’s director Prachya Pinkaew, event organizer and magician Vinij Lertratanachai, and stage director Takonkiet Viravan have teamed up to recreate Ong Bak as a live-action combat performance—something that’s never been seen in Thailand. The storyline follows the original plot, centering on a fighter named Boonting who travels to Bangkok on a quest to find the missing head of Ong Bak, a highly-revered Buddha statue that’s stolen from his hometown. Boonting, of course, encounters numerous rivals whom he has to fight bare-handed in order to bring home his sacred statue. The challenge was how to reinterpret the movie scenes into stage performances. And they do it pretty well. Remarkable scenes from the movies, from “Tree of the Brave” to “Tuk Tuk Flying” to “The Final Battle,” are perfectly reimagined for the stage, using technical stage secrets that promise to wow the audience. The choreography is equally mind-blowing. Composed and directed by Krishna Lardphanna, a descendant of legendary stunt actor Panna Rittikrai, who mentored Tony Jaa in the early stages of the star’s career, it includes adrenaline-rousing fight scenes and unique perfo
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.
German Film Week returns this 23-28 May. Brought to you by the Goethe-Institut, Major Cineplex, and The Thai Film Archive, the fifth edition of the film festival features nine award-winning German movies that reflect the creativity of German movie industry. One of the main highlights is Toni Erdmann, a tragicomedy about a father and his daughter that was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the Academy Awards 2017. Schedule 22 May - Opening Ceremony (for press and invited guests only)17:00 Registration and ticket collection 18:00 Opening Ceremony of German Film Week 2017 19:00 Opening film “Toni Erdmann” (2016, 162 min., Tragicomedy) 23 May19:00 Herbert (A Heavy Heart) (2015, 109 min., Drama)21:30 Berlin Syndrome (2017, 116 min., Thriller) 24 May19:00 Wild (2016, 109 min., Drama)21:30 24 Wochen (24 Weeks) (2016, 103 min., Drama) 25 May19:00 Fritz Lang (2016, 104 min., b/w, Drama)21:30 M (1931, 117 min., b/w, Crime) 26 May19:00 Berlin Syndrome (2017, 116 min., Thriller)21:30 Toni Erdmann (2016, 162 min., Tragicomedy) 27 May17:30 Pettersson and Findus (2014, 86 min., Family *Thai voice-over)19:30 Wild (2016, 109 min., Drama)21:30 Herbert (A Heavy Heart) (2015, 109 min., Drama) 28 May17:00 Pettersson and Findus (2014, 86 min., Family *Thai voice-over)19:30 Tschick (Goodbye Berlin) (2016, 93 min., Comedy)21:30 24 Wochen (24 Weeks) (2016, 103 min., Drama)
Movies now showing
Noomi Rapace continues her leading lady losing streak as Alice Racine, a CIA agent working undercover in a Hackney community centre and keeping her eyes peeled for terrorists. When she’s contacted by a London police station and asked to interrogate a suspect, Alice is thrown into the black ops quagmire.
It’s 2104, 10 years after the Prometheus’ crew members ended up as alien meat on their mission to find the origins of human life. A colony ship, the Covenant, is gliding through space on a voyage to a distant planet. Its cargo includes 2,000 people sleeping in hibernation pods, as well as a trove of embryos intended to populate their new home.
Guy Ritchie’s way-over-the-top, frenzied spin on the legend of King Arthur, with a leaden Charlie Hunnam as the streetwise monarch-to-be and a much more fun Jude Law as his preening evil uncle King Vortigern, offers wall-to-wall testosterone, digital effects, fights and supernatural freak-outs.
The world’s most impossibly gorgeous actors lounge through exclusive parts of Austin, Texas—high-end homes, sprawling bedrooms and roped-off concert VIP areas—in Song to Song, a movie so deeply in need of a plot, a clue, anything at all, that you’ll wish writer-director Terrence Malick was a bit more of a recluse.
The Zookeeper’s Wife is the moment when Chastain’s Streep gets the better of her. She goes full Sophie’s Choice as the Polish keeper of a Warsaw zoo during WWII. Her heavily accented life consists of tendink to the animals, talkink elephants through their painful pregnancies and hopink Hitler’s war machine stays far away from her heppy femily.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Luke Skywalker should count himself lucky – his dad only wanted to rule the universe. When Peter Quill aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt) finally catches up with his old man, Ego (Kurt Russell), in this sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, he’s up to a whole lot worse.
Adapted from William P. Young’s 2007 bestseller, this 132-minute-long piece of moral exploitation follows Mack Phillips (Avatar’s Sam Worthington, objectionably serious in an especially gruff voice), an outdoorsy, church-going Midwesterner. He’s happily married to the wholesome Nan (Radha Mitchell) with three beautiful kids. But after a tragedy claims the life of his youngest daughter, Mack falls into depression and a deep crisis of faith, until a mysterious note appears in his mailbox, inviting him to the shack linked to his child’s murder.
If you’ve ever thought to yourself ‘Making a film: how hard can it be?’, then watch this awkward and inauthentic romance, in which a solid cast of mostly British actors give shaky performances as Ukrainians (not speaking with heavy accents, small mercies). It’s set in the early 1930s, during the Holodomor (or ‘death by hunger’), when Stalin crushed the Ukrainian people with mass starvation that left millions dead. Max Irons plays a gifted young painter separated from his childhood sweetheart (Samantha Barks) after leaving the family farm to work in a factory in the capital Kiev. They play their parts earnestly as the movie lumbers on, but this forgotten chapter of history deserves to be better told.