Internationally, Thailand is known for great horror films and rightfully so. But Thailand is more than that. Bangkok, in particular, is the home of many galleries that give space to Thai and other Asian artists some space to get noticed.
This was established by H Ernest Lee, an American, in 1999 and specialises in modern art. The work of emergent Thai and Asian artists takes centre stage. This gallery is situated in central Bangkok and is based in a colonial style mansion that is over 125 years old. The atmosphere is less formal and pretty amiable. There are two different exhibition spaces and the art on display covers two floors. Paintings, photography and textiles are displayed. There are regular exhibitions – sometimes once a month.
Opening Hours: 12.00 - 18:00 (Thursday - Saturday); Sunday - Wednesday by appointment or by chance
Location: 201 Sathorn Soi 12
Tel: +66 (0)1 310 4428
How to get there: From BTS Skytrain Surasak Station (exit 3), walk about 10 minutes towards Narathiwat Road.
This gallery, as the name suggests, focuses on contemporary Chinese artworks. There are varies types of art on display and all sorts of mediums represented. There are exhibitions on a monthly basis by noted Chinese and Thai artists.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 19:00 (Monday - Saturday)
Location: Unit B-28, The Silom Galleria
Tel: +66 (0)2 630 1114
How to get there: From BTS Surasak Station (exit 1), turn right into Surasak Road and continue walking until you hit Silom, then turn right, walk pass The Holiday Inn Silom, and the building will be on your right.
This gallery presents contemporary art mainly from Vietnam, Thailand and Burma and its name is a compilation of letters from each of these countries. There are works from different Asian countries as well. The main focus is on artists who are young and upcoming and whose work the gallery feels portrays the imaginative aspects of the culture and also make a statement about a broad range of social issues. Exhibitions are held on a regular basis.
Opening Hours: Mondays - Saturdays (11:00 hrs. - 19:00 hrs.)
Location: Suite #308, 3rd Floor, The Silom Galleria (Jewellery Trade Centre Building)
Tel: +66 (0)2 266 545-4
How to get there: From BTS Surasak Station, take exit 1 and turn right into Surasak Road. Continue walking until you hit Silom, then turn right, walk pass The Holiday Inn Silom, and the building will be on your right.
Toot Yung Gallery
This was originally the vision of a Frenchman and this is and somewhat uplifting mix of gallery and meeting place that promotes young local artists and also brings in works from foreign artists. The gallery has partners both in Thailand and abroad and so can present a wide range of contemporary art that spans all media platforms – performing arts, mixed media, live music, etc. The aim is to create a space for artists of all kinds to meet without borders and can be accessed by anyone with an artistic bent.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
Location: 19 Prachathipatai Road (near Wat Tri Tossathep and Wisut Kasat Road)
Tel: +66 (0)84 914 5499