Bangkok’s Cosmopolitan Contemporary Art Scene

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Whether you always visit a contemporary art gallery as part of your travels, are an avid collector, or if even your relationship with art is more that of the memory of the Picassos you drew on your home’s walls when you were little, you can’t miss these art galleries showcasing contemporary art from Thailand and abroad.

1. 100 Tonson Gallery 100
(●Soi Tonson, Ploenchit Rd, Lumpini, Pathumwan, www.100tonsongallery.com)
The first gallery from Thailand and the only one from Southeast Asia to exhibit at Switzerland’s Art Basel 2011, 100 Tonson Gallery is a pioneer in showcasing art and video installations, as well as conceptual art. The gallery showcases local and international contemporary artists, and participates in international art fairs. Open Thursday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Monday to Wednesday by appointment)
2. Akko Art Gallery
(●919/1 Sukhumvit Rd, BTS Thong Lo, 02 259 1436, www.akkoart.com)
Contemporary abstract artwork, and traditional painting. Oils, watercolors, acrylic, etchings, woodcut prints, and mixed-media work by Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and other international artists. Open Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
(●939 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, 02 214 6630–8, BTS National Stadium Station, www.bacc.or.th)
The center holds programs for art, music, theater, film, design, and cultural/educational events. It also features a café, restaurants, bookshops, and an art library. Open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays) 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
4. H Gallery
(●201 Sathorn Soi 12, BTS Chong Nonsi, 085 021 5508, www.hgallerybkk.com)
Established in 2002, H Gallery is one of Asia’s leading venues for regional and international art. All exhibitions are organized or curated by Irish-born Brian Curtin, who received his PhD in fine arts from the University of Bristol, U.K. Open Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
5. Lalanta
(●245/14 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02 260 5381, 02 204 0583, www.lalanta.com)
Features contemporary works of acclaimed and up-and-coming artists, connecting young Asian contemporary artists to an international audience. Open Tuesday to Saturday (closed Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
6. Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok, MOCA
(●499 Kamphaengphet 6 Rd, Ladyao, Chatuchak, BTS Mo Chit, 02 953 1005–7)
As one of its missions is to preserve and protect Thai art and culture, MOCA seeks to encourage newcomers in various branches of the arts. Open Tuesday to Sunday (Closed Mondays) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
7. Serindia Gallery
(●OP Garden 4, 6 Soi Charoen Krung 36 Unit 3101, 3201 Charoen Krung Road, BST Saphan Taksin, 02 238 6410, www.serindiagallery.com)
Located in a boutique shopping arcade by the Chao Phraya River, this gallery features the work of both Thai and international artists. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Mondays by appointment only)
8. Tang Gallery
(●The Silom Galleria, Unit B-28, BTS Surasak, 02 630 1114)
Featuring paintings, photographs, and other artwork by Chinese contemporary artists since 2001. Open Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
9. River City
(●23 Trok Rongnamkhaeng, Si Phaya Pier, Yota Road, Sampantawong, BTS Saphan Taksin, 02 237 0077–8, www.rivercity.co.th)
River city does not hold permanent exhibitions but it has, at least, one different show per month, featuring paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media, and others, from both Thai and international artists in one of its two exhibition rooms. Open Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; specific times depend on the exhibition
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