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    A monthly column rounding up the best of the capital's art scene

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 22/10/2014

    » The opening of WTF Gallery's current exhibition "Monday 2 Monday" earlier this month might have been missed by a few. That could partly be explained by the exhibition's title and the fact that the opening was actually on a Friday. In addition, the gallery is closed on Mondays. But this is all beside the point.

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    Exhibition captures killer shots

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 19/11/2014

    » At around 7pm on May 13, 2010, Maj Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol, or Seh Daeng (Red Commander), was shot in the head while giving an interview to foreign reporters. Photographer Steve Pace was there and took the key picture. His image of the collapsed and bloodied general being carried away, published in several major newspapers worldwide, is what people still remember about this still-unresolved political assassination.

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    Intricate, abstract, wild

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/04/2015

    » More than anything, Filipino artist Louie Cordero's paintings at Bangkok University Gallery's (BUG) current show, "Golden Rule", are fun. On the floor, traces of spilled paint are still visible — as BUG's artist-in-residence, the gallery's second floor was used as Cordero's studio.

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    Becoming blissfully aware

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/05/2015

    » Jenjira Pongpas has no clue what Blissfully Yours, the 2002 Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard prize-winning film by director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, is all about. Not while first reading the script, not while acting it in, not after the film won the prestigious award that heralded Thai art house cinema, and not even today.

  • LIFE

    Butterflies and solitude

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 20/05/2015

    » The opening of 100 Tonson Gallery's "Chatchai Puipia: Sites Of Solitude. Still-Life, Self-Portraiture, And The Living Archive" last month seemed to have been an unmissable event for every prominent figure in the Bangkok art scene, except for Chatchai himself. It's not that there was something urgent he had to attend to; he had no intention of going, not when the show was being set up, nor when it was running.

  • LIFE

    Cool, complicated art

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 27/05/2015

    » This month's Art Matters runs the whole page. Should you find the idea unbearably tedious, here's a solution: the next paragraph pretty much sums up what's going on in the Bangkok art scene and, once done, you can go continue with more enjoyable things in life. Here goes:

  • LIFE

    Out of the darkroom

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 23/09/2015

    » One doesn't know where to begin, and with what sort of mood, with "Rediscovering Forgotten Thai Masters Of Photography".

  • LIFE

    Picture of a genius

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 04/11/2015

    » 'He was nothing else but just a painter," said Pablo Picasso's grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso. It was only when Picasso died, in 1973, that he started to realise how important his grandfather was, not just to the art scene, but to the world.

  • LIFE

    Loud paintings

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 13/01/2016

    » Echoing the title of Paphonsak La-or's solo exhibition "Silent No More", his opening reception at Lyla Gallery in Chiang Mai on Boxing Day last year was buzzing with locals and those who had made the trip from Bangkok. Milling around, everyone in the exhibition room couldn't possibly have avoided the huge 7m-long centrepiece that comes with a shade of blue paint that is neither gloomy nor reassuring in the background. While there's a sentence in the middle, "This image is no longer available", the bottom text reads, "Love which was woven in our society leads to a great tragedy and sorrow".

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    Get into the groove -- Madonna is here

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 09/02/2016

    » Yes, Madonna is singing live tonight. And yes, Madonna is definitely by now somewhere in Bangkok, after photos showing her arrive at the airport on Sunday night popped up online, enough for her "children" across Thailand to swoon. As you read this, just take a moment to get this fact registered in your head the Queen of Pop is actually here on the same soil as the rest of us, breathing this same polluted Bangkok air. She could be queuing up for some moo ping for breakfast on the streets, or on the back of a motorcycle to Platinum in search for new looks, we don't know.

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