Reflections on religion

Art June 10, 2013 00:00

By Phatarawadee Phataranawik

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Exhibition of new works to raise funds to restore an ancient temple in Yunnan, China

Popular monk Phra Maha Wutthichai Vajiramedhi is joining with 11 of Thailand’s best-known contemporary artists in a show at the privately run Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Bangkok that aims to raise funds to restore the 200-year-old Wat Yang Fha (Tai Lu Viheara) in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, China.

The temple, for which some cash was raised last year through an art project organised by Rajabhat Chiang Rai, is one of the few remaining examples of Tai Lu architecture with high ceilings and four-sided Verandan pillars.

“Contemporary Thai Art”, which opened last Friday, features 24 new devotional works, most of them paintings in various styles.

Phra Maha Wutthichai Vajiramedhi has donated his Buddhist poem “The Happiness of Life” to the exhibition and has also signed curator Suriya Namwong’s photographic works “The Dharma Blossom”. The photos depict the land-art project Suriya created at the abbot’s Chern Tawan Meditation International Mediation Centre in Chiang Rai. It’s on sale for Bt100,000.

Among the other highlights are “Faces”, two paintings by Prasong Luemuang in his signature style portraying the human face surrounded by fancy details. These are the most expensive in the show with an asking price of Bt1.5 million each.

Buddhist themes are the main subjects of paintings by Prateep Kochabua, Songdej Thipthong, Phanthong Seanchan and Pornchai Jaima as well as a sculpture byThongchai Srisukprasert, who is best known for his murals at London’s Wat Buddhapadipa

National artist Nonthivathn Chadhanaphalin presents “Father of the Kingdom”, a plaster sculpture of a boy sitting on his father’s lap. The work dwells on the relationship between son and father and also symbolises His Majesty the King’s love for his country.

Also participating in the exhibition are Arnan Ratchawang-inn, Anupong Chantorn, Watchara Klakhakhai and Sangiam Yarangsee.


“Contemporary Thai Art” runs until June 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. on Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road in Chatuchak district. It’s open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Call (02) 953 1005-7 or visit