From Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is truly the place for art lovers. Our establishment came from the devotion of the network of artists who had patiently proposed this project forward since 1997 until it was finally approved and opened on 29 July 2008 and officially opened on 19 August 2009.
This beautiful monumental building at Pathumwan intersection is a learning centre for modern and contemporary arts as well as a place of sparking inspirational creativity. The centre is now under the supervision of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre foundation with establishment and tremendous support by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
Crossover: The Unveiled Collection (2015) was the first exhibition by Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) that presented a collection of Thai artworks by Thai and foreign collectors. The exhibition had a significant impact and generated awareness on the importance of art collecting in the Thai art ecosystem, which plays a vital role in propelling the Thai art industry and spreading knowledge, perspectives, and skills of the art collection to the public.
In the past 3 years (2020 – 2022), the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre has been focusing on environmental, urban, and behavioural change, which are the core essences of the century. The exhibitions concentrate on finding equilibrium between man and nature, utilization of raw materials in the context of digital society with the growing role of artificial intelligence, and building knowledge and awareness of issues that arise from environmental changes caused by the exploitation of natural resources by humans leading to a way of living in harmony with nature, as well as developing mutual respect through contemporary art and cultural activities; for instance, EARLY YEARS PROJECT #5 by MILLCON: 20/20 ‘Fluidity of Change’, Urban in Progress, and Festival: Citizens Make Change, which were organised under fluctuating situations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CROSSOVER II: The Nature of Relationships aims to build continuity on similar subjects and emphasises the importance of art collection by Thai collectors. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Thai Art Collector Association under the theme The Nature of Relationships or “Pasan” (Transcribed from the Thai word ‘ผสาน’), which means to integrate or to unite, presenting modern Thai artworks with environmental motif. It depicts social issues and the environment in each era through collections of public and private organisations as well as Thai individual collectors. Furthermore, the exhibition explores the myths that surround the artworks, the artists’ perspectives on the tangible and ethereal spatial surroundings, and the relationships between the artists and spaces that demonstrate significant similarities and differences from the present day. This exhibition discusses a triangle of relationships between Art – Artist – Environment through the research of Thai modern art in a transitional period – from 1945, at the end of World War II, to 2000, the year of the Tom Yum Kung financial crisis (before Thailand entered the state of the contemporary phenomena). All works in the exhibition represent the relationship between the three elements mentioned above.