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Museum of Contemporary Arts in Thailand

Verantwortlicher Autor: Alexandre Hamalian Bangkok Thailand, 10.03.2018, 21:51 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: European News Agency Bericht 6285x gelesen
The iconic entrance of MOCA the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Bangkok
The iconic entrance of MOCA the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Bangkok  Bild: Alexandre Hamalian

Bangkok Thailand [ENA] The Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA) was founded in 2012 by Mr Boonchai Bencharongkul, an influential businessman in the field of telecommunications and IT. Passionate about Thai art and culture he wanted to share his enthusiasm by creating this museum.

Most of the works came from the private collection of the founder. The imposing museum building close to Don Muang airport was made possible by an investment of 2 billion bahts (€50 million). The museum pays homage to Silpa Bhirasri, considered to be the father of Thai modern art. Born Corrado Feroci in Florence in 1892, this Italian painter and sculptor founded the Silpakorn University of Fine Arts. The 800 works by some 100 artists, 90% of which are Thai, are displayed over the five floors of the building. Most of the paintings have surrealist and religious influences. Mr Bencharongkul believes that these are the themes which represent his country’s culture and, indeed, religion is omnipresent in the life of the Thai people.

sculpture and paintings in an exhibition room
surrealistic paintings
logo of the museum at the entrance

On the first floor, there are two temporary exhibition rooms and two permanent exhibition rooms displaying the works of Professor Chalood Nimsamer and Paitun Muangsomboon. On the second floor, different generations of artists, the most well-known including Wuttikpm Kongkha, Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit, Chalermchai Kositpipat, Panya Wijinthanasan and Preech Thaothong, broach social and religious themes. The third floor takes you into a surrealist, mythological and fantastical dream world. The fourth floor is dedicated to the oil paintings, drawings and wooden sculptures of Boonchai’s favourite artist, Thawan Duchanee (1939-2014). The fifth floor is dedicated to artists from other countries and the romantic artists of Victorian Britain .

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