To celebrate HM the King's 84th birthday in an artistic manner, a new exhibition selected prominent artworks produced during HM the King's seven-decade reign to showcase the evolution of contemporary art scene in Thailand.

Art in the Ninth Reign: Thai trends from Localism to Internationalism at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is more than just an art exhibition. Apart from the finest, eye-opening masterpieces ever produced in the country, the exhibition presents a historical chain of events happening in Thai art as well as those of the cultures, society and people.

According to the Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Culture and the project curator Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, more than 300 artworks are being shown at the exhibition, featureing all the big names in Thai art, ranging from revered national artists to young emerging talents, from traditionalist painters to experimental artists.

Works by the Thai art masters on display include the likes of Prof. Silpa Bhirasri, the father of Thai modern art and the founder of Silpakorn University, and other senior artists Fua Haribhitak, Jitr Buabusya, Thawan Dachanee, Anghan Kalayanapongs, and many more. Some of the expatriates' and new-comers' works also received the space to showcase as well.

Though, not categorized in chronological timeline, the exhibition groups the works into 9 themes: Search for Thai identity; Buddhist Faith as Inspiration; Abstraction and Individualism; Social Space and Patronage; Socio-political Struggle; Fantasy and ‘Sur’ reality; Gender and Marginality; Locality and International Limelight; Experimentation and media culture.

With some of the thematic sections, Dr. Apinan said that the audience will be intrigued by certain untold questions about Thai society, such as the meaning of Thainess, Thai art identity and the developments of local art and of the ASEAN countries.

He added that the data and research on art history of Thailand in parallel with the ASEAN countries are also presented at the exhibition.

“Thai trends from Localism to Internationalism” will be held on the 3rd-5th and 7th-9th floor of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre until November 4th. It is open everyday except Mondays, from 10am-9pm. For more information, call 02-214-6630_8 or visit www.bacc.or.th. Admission is free .

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