The Monarch remembered

Kingdom Grieves August 30, 2017 14:22

By The Nation

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With the Royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej under two months away, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is taking a final opportunity to host a series of exhibitions under the umbrella “In Remembrance of HM King Bhumibol: The Supreme Artist”, which was conceived in recognition of the late King’s remarkable artistic talent and of his royal grace as a Thai art patron.

The first in the series is “Earth Water Forest Air: The Royal Inspiration” on the seventh floor and features 90 artworks by 45 artists who were inspired by the late King’s 4,000-plus Royal projects. On display are 70 paintings, sculptures, photographs and installation art. Running through November 12, the show is co-curated by BACC’s Chatvichai Promadhattavedi, Amarit Chusuwan of Silpakorn University and independent curator Apisak Sonjod.

Also showing is the second in the series “Remembrance of the Great King” on the eighth floor, which features more than 160 rare artworks of different mediums by leading Thai artists of various generations as well as precious collectibles related to King Rama IX. The exhibition will continue until November 26.

About 100 artists showcase their paintings, drawings, engravings and sculptures – all bearing the portraits of His Majesty. Celebrated artist Preecha Thathong, for example, features the large bronze sculpture of the late monarch sitting on the throne with his favourite pet dog Khun Thongdaeng at his feet while Pinit Phantaprawat, the artist who used to work for the Bank of Thailand and was responsible for engraving King Rama IX’s portraits for banknote production, displays a collection of his nine engravings of the late King’s portrait.

In addition, Sakchai Guy, editor and founder of Lips magazine, has brought together more than 1,000 rarely seen photographs of King Bhumibol from private collections of four collectors. Among the highlights is a rare picture of the late monarch and his late elder brother King Ananda Mahidol and late elder sister HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana during their childhood with their autographs. For many pictures, the names of the photographers are unknown, or the date and place cannot be identified. The exhibition is curated by Prof Dr Apinan Poshyananda, Tawatchai Somkong and Sakchai himself.

The last and the highlight of the series is the exhibition of the late monarch’s own photographs, many of which have never before been shown to the public. About 200 photographs captured by the late King during his 70-year reign will be displayed on the ninth floor from Saturday (September 2) through January 7. 

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