Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), My Inspiration Playground

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is one of my absolute favorites places in Bangkok. It is my calm little oasis in the hustle bustle Siam area, where I go to get inspired, by soaking up arts and creative work of both local and international artists. Mainly, a glimpse into the art and culture of Thailand.

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Interior view of BACC
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Interior view of BACC

The building itself is stunning too, a work of art.

I have not been to BACC for a long, long time. The exhibits change regularly, and it has been a let down the last few times I was there. But, I did enjoyed the recent visit immensely, as there were many interesting exhibitions:

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  • “Look Young” Art Thesis Exhibition 2015, at Hall, L floor, Hall 1st floor and Curved Wall, 3rd – 5th floor (14 June – 26 June, 2016)
  • Shifting Horizons: music, myth, and memory, The media art of John Sanborn, at Main Gallery, 7th floor (25 Mar – 10 July, 2016)
  • Omnivoyeur: Electromagnetic Sound And Visual Project, at Main Gallery, 7th floor (1 Apr – 4 Sept, 2016)
  • Thai Contemporary Art Exhibition “Thailand Eye”, at Main Gallery, 8th floor (18 Mar – 7 Aug, 2016)
  • “Love And Relationship” The 5th White Elephant Art Award, at Main Gallery, 9th floor (24 Mar – 21 Aug, 2016)
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Free locker
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T&C of locker service

You’ll need to deposit your bags to access the Main Exhibition floors on the 7th-9th floor. Free locker service, but you need to hand over your ID card (with photo) or passport at the Information Counter, 5th floor. Otherwise, a 100 baht refundable deposit works too. If you do not wish to provide an ID card or deposit fee, coin-operated lockers are available too – 10 baht (small locker) and 20 baht (big locker). All belongings cannot be deposited for more than 2 hours.

“Look Young” Art Thesis Exhibition 2015

‘LOOK YOUNG’ Art Thesis Exhibition 2015 by The Graduating Class of The Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University Department of Painting, Sculpture, Thai Arts, Mixed Media & Art Theories.

There were few interesting pieces:

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“Warm & Chaotic Relationship” In My Family by Teerat Meteewacharatnaporn

“Warm & Chaotic Relationship” captured my attention, because I can relate this to Aunt Chai’s family at Pad Riew, where home is also used for business. The artist’s home is also used to run a restaurant business, where most spaces are used for various activities. The shortage of space, means everything are on ‘sharing basis’ .. and the artist feels the warmth of love.

 

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“Consumer Object” by Satawat Tanjinda

“Consumer Object” – Meats are available everywhere, and we consumer it on daily basis. People started buying the amount they want, not what they need. We took animal lives and take it for granted. The artists wanted us to respect all living things.

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For more info, visit their FB page here https://www.facebook.com/ARTTHESISLOOKYOUNG/

 

Shifting Horizons: music, myth, and memory, The media art of John Sanborn

The exhibition was temporary closed when I was there. A sign says “this exhibition is on view from 10am-2pm, and 2pm-7pm effective from May 27, to preserve artwork quality and equipment efficiency.


Omnivoyeur: Electromagnetic Sound And Visual Project

An electromagnetic sound and visual project by Christina Kubisch and Miti Ruangkritya
An electromagnetic sound and visual project by Christina Kubisch and Miti Ruangkritya

Described as “an electromagnetic sound and visual project, it captures ambient sounds from around the city which are inaudible to the naked ear.”

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Audio guide is part of the exhibition, BACC!

Audio guide plays such a critical part; it is necessary to make the whole experience complete. So, it was a shame that BACC’a “no bag” policy had made it next-to-impossible for visitors to get hold of one. You see, in order to get hold of one, an ID card was imperative. And our ID card is already used for the locker service. Otherwise, it is already stored inside the locker, with our bags.

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Defeats the whole purpose, turned into photography wall for visitors
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Enjoyed the peace and quiet here

Most of the visitors were walking around, sans audio guide. What a shame.

Thai Contemporary Art Exhibition “Thailand Eye”

Thailand Eye
Thailand Eye

Love it, love it, love Thailand Eye the most, you must drop by!

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‘Pink Man’ by Manit Sriwanichpoom
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‘Pink Man’ by Manit Sriwanichpoom

‘Pink Man’ by Manit Sriwanichpoom, where performance artist, writer and poet, Sompong Thaweem pushes his shopping cart through Thailand’s consumerist society!

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‘Shredded Self-portraits’ by Kamoplan Chotvichai
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‘Internal Monologue’ by Kamoplan Chotvichai

‘Shredded Self-portraits’ by Kamoplan Chotvichai, the artist focusing mainly on prints, to weave a narrative of existence and non-existence. Repeatedly cutting up images of her own face, hands and body into thin strips, she works at eroding her ego into non-existence.

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‘4 Monkeys in The House’ by Sakarin Krueon

‘4 Monkeys in The House’ by Sakarin Krueon, had many visitors taking photos of themselves with the monkeys.

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‘Kanlapapruk’ by Chusak Srikwan

‘Kanlapapruk’ by Chusak Srikwan, using leather engraving skills (which was used to make Thai shadow play puppets), he portrays many aspects of modern Thai life – superstition, Buddhism, politics, government, and rural and urban lifestyles.

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‘The Squeezers, Poured, etc’ by Kawita Vatanajyankur

Kawita Vatanajyankur’s color video series uses her body as an art object, based on the history of paintings of women in domestic settings. Her use of her own body as an object in many of her works questions the role that women have played in carrying out mundane, household tasks.

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‘Lily Ovary’ by Kosit Juntaratip
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‘Lily Ovary’ by Kosit Juntaratip

‘Lily Ovary’ by Kosit Juntaratip, theme of shared definitions of love and passion which transcend nationality or religion.

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‘Untitled’ by Rikrit Tiravanija
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‘Visions of the Lord Buddha’ by Panya Vijinthanasar
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‘Navins of Bollywood’ by Navin Rawanchaikul
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‘I Miss You’ by Bussaraporn Thongchai
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‘I Miss You’ by Bussaraporn Thongchai
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‘Freedom Cannot Be Simulated’ by Rirkrit Tiravanija
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Artist: Dow Wasiksiri
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‘Propesy’ by Pannaphan Yodmanee

This exhibition will run until 7 August, so do come in and understand a little bit more about Thai culture.

For more info, visit their FB page here: http://prudentialthailandeye.com/


“Love And Relationship” The 5th White Elephant Art Award

This is the fifth year for the White Elephant Art Award, under the theme ” Love and Relationship”. 

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Oh no .. student groups
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“Love Letter” by Thanathorn Suppakijjumnong
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“Love Letter” by Thanathorn Suppakijjumnong
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“My Family” by Phongsak Akraphittayumphon
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“Object & Memory” by Punyisa Silparassamee

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Bangkok Art & Culture Centre
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00, Closed Monday
Location: 939 Rama I Road Wongmai, Patumwan – Opposite MBK shopping mall
BTS: National Stadium
Free entry

Website: http://en.bacc.or.th

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/baccpage

Notyourtypicaltourist

Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

3 thoughts on “Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), My Inspiration Playground

  • July 4, 2016 at 7:13 pm
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    Very yau “Mun far”…

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    • July 4, 2016 at 7:15 pm
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      Haha, yeah I can get arty-farty, sometimes

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  • July 19, 2016 at 12:49 am
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    I Love the Bacc. Look Young Art Thesis was very interesting with a lot of great Art Work, especially Patdanu Tameekul, Phatsaphum Pookerdluck or Pissanu Thongmee and many others … 😉

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