Likely the most popular contemporary art gallery in the capital, the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) is a bustling hub of creative expression. BACC was created in 1995 in a bid to remedy the city’s lack of public art and culture, and officially opened its doors to the public in 2008. BACC was well worth the wait, with the building an attraction in itself, designed by architect Robert G Boughey and Associates. The architecture aims to complement the art displayed, its modern design giving reference to traditional Thai shapes and forms. The gallery’s mission is to create a meeting place for artists. It also aims to provide cultural programmes for the community, placing importance on cultural continuity from past to present.
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, 939 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 214 6630
The Kathmandu Photo Gallery is owned by photographer Manit Sriwanichpoom. Sriwanichpoom’s vision was to open a photographic gallery that mimicked a traditional photo print shop, including quirky features such as antique green walls. Many of his fascinating black and white prints from his travels are on display. The first floor plays host to current temporary exhibitions by local and international photographers. The gallery is housed in a restored pre-war shophouse located near the Indian Temple (Sri Mariamma) in Bangkok’s financial district. This gallery is perfect for those who want a personalised art experience with a distinctly local flavour.
Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 87 Pan Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 234 6700
Bangkok CityCity Gallery is located in Sathorn district and is one of the only custom-designed galleries in the city. The modern and minimalist structure stands strong within its surroundings, and the galleries inside host local emerging artists’ work. The gallery has regular events and also has an onsite cafe. The Bangkok CityCity Gallery opened its doors with a very successful exhibition from Thai cartoonist Wisut Ponnimut and recently hosted graffiti artist Alex Face’s exhibition, which included his famous three-eyed boy in a rabbit costume.
Located in Chulalongkorn University the Chulalongkorn Art Centre is considered the most impressive university art gallery in the country. Famous for attracting some of Thailand’s most cutting-edge artists, this gallery showcases experimental and traditional group exhibitions from both local and international artists. The Chulalongkorn Art Centre is seen as a venue for specialists to experiment, innovate and challenge previous perceptions in order to redefine ideas. Scientists and historians, for example, are often invited to collaborate with the artists to explore new intellectual boundaries.
Chulalongkorn Art Centre, Chulalongkorn University Phyathai Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 218 2965
The Bangkok University Art Gallery is a private gallery that exhibits the work of young and emerging artists alongside seasoned Thai art practitioners and designers. The gallery is located close to Bangkok’s Klong Toei Port and hosts between six and eight different multidisciplinary exhibitions per year. Bangkok University Gallery also carries out other art projects at different locations across the city.
Bangkok University Gallery, 119 ถนนพระราม 4, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 350 3626
Owned by American H Ernest Lee, the H Gallery specialises in contemporary art forms, including painting, photography and textiles. Established in 2002 the gallery focuses on emerging Thai and Asian artists and also hosts famous international artists. All the exhibitions are curated by Irish-born Brian Curtin. Curtin, an art writer, lecturer and freelance curator, has been published extensively on contemporary art in magazines such as Frieze and Art Asia Pacific. H Gallery is set in a 125-year-old colonial style mansion and houses two separate exhibition spaces.
The Thailand Creative & Design Centre (TCDC) acts as a premier learning resource centre for design and creativity. It provides support for Thai designers and entrepreneurs to compete internationally. First opening in 2005, TCDC operates under the support of the Office of Knowledge Management and Development (OKMD) within the Office of the Prime Minister. Its sole aim is to promote creative thinking in Thai society and encourage Thai people to recognise the value of art and design. The centre runs a programme of exhibitions, lectures, and workshops and provides research facilities.
The Toot Young Gallery is an informal place for Thailand’s emerging artists to collaborate and display their works of art. As well as showcasing local artists, the gallery also introduces international practitioners and designers to the Bangkok art scene. Working alongside other spaces across the city and abroad, Toot Young Gallery covers a range of mixed media including performance art, sound, live music and new media, aiming to create a multicultural space open to all creatives. The Toot Gallery is well worth a visit and is particularly of interest to art enthusiasts who are eager to learn more about the local art scene.
Toot Young Gallery, Ekkamai 2 Alley, Phra Khanong Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok, Thailand, + 66 2 714 3766
The Queen’s Gallery displays the works of emerging Thai artists and the work of senior local artists. The gallery opened in 2003 in a renovated Bangkok Bank, Phanfa Bridge branch, which was formerly the Bangkok Bank’s Musical Art Centre. Opened through Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s initiative to create a permanent public space to exhibit and promote the works of both established and up-and-coming Thai artists, the gallery was named in her honour. While four of its floors are used as exhibition spaces, the fifth floor is used for art-related activities and projects.
La Lanta is a well-established gallery located in the heart of Bangkok’s commercial district of Watthana. The gallery showcases contemporary art by internationally acclaimed artists and local up-and-coming practitioners. Many projects take place here, including working in collaboration with artists from Argentina, Australia, China, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, the UK, the US and Vietnam. Its ‘Young Program’ initiative enables the gallery to identify and embrace new ideas undertaken by promising young artists from the Asian region. The name ‘Lalanta’ is translated from the Thai word meaning ‘beauty in abundance’.
This article was originally written by Eleanor Cunningham and has since been updated.