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THE ARTIST HOUSE

Artist house

Baan Silapin, known as the Artist House is a 200 year old wooden house along one of Bangkok’s ancient canals. More than just a creative space exhibiting sculptures and traditional art pieces, you can experience daily (except Wednesdays) a tradi-tional Thai puppet show.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (call ahead to confirm time of puppet show) 02-868-5279; 315 Wat Tong Salangam, Phet Kasem 28, Thanon Phet Kasem, Pa Si Charoen, Bangkok, Thai-land 10160

OUT OF CURIOSITY AT S GALLERY

Bruno Tanquerel’s imagery is a celebration of fantasy. Humour and sad-ness coincide in his assemblages, a mixture of familiarity and imagination. His art bears eloquent witness to Tanquerel’s life experience and to his sensitive observation of human comedy. The unique iconography may be understood as a form of poetic metaphor expressed with a system of private signs while his fusion of abstraction and figuration result in a gesturing of line which transforms the ordinary and everyday into dramatic theatricality.

Bangkok Art Gallery

Living most of his adult life in Paris, Tanquerel has witnessed first hand the art of great masters like Marcel Duchamp, and a close affinity can be drawn with the art of Paul Klee. Tanquerel, like Klee, searches for a means to represent the essence of human relationships through his compelling abstract pictorial expressive lines and inventive spaces.

Unlike the sinister farce which prevails in much contemporary art, a childlike innocence is felt in this body of work. This characteristic should not be mistaken for simple art; this art evinces a high degree of intelligence and sophistication, a paradoxical quality. Tanquerel opts to celebrate human relationships and the relevance of small intimate encounters instead of focusing on mass society with its psychological isolation and its complex political, economic, and architectural structures. His imagination seeks positive answers at a time when man’s tragic predicament is explicitly spot-lighted.
Come and join us for the opening night on the 18th of June at 6 p.m. or visit the two month solo exhibition beginning on the 8th of June.
S Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Art of Thai Dance

Thai dance

Graceful, dramatic and visually stunning, Thai dance is one of the must-see experiences for anyone that come to visit Thailand.

The ancient performing art has origins that can be dated back to 1431. It includes six distinct forms; the khon, a formal masked dance drama that was originally performed for the royal courts and plays out the traditional fable of the Ramakian; lakhon encompasses several types of dance dramas; likhe, a partly improvised folk play with elements of dance, comedy, music and melodrama; manohra, the southern Thai version of likhe; nang or shadow plays, and hun luang or puppet theatre.

Khon Masked Drama

Each performance of khon includes a large cast of characters, namely humans, demons and monkeys.

The elaborate nature of the performances, enormous cast and intricate costumes means that a full show is an expensive undertaking and at one point the art nearly died out.

In recent years, however, thanks to the National Theatre, khon has experienced a revival of interest. The scenes performed in a khon originate from the Ramayana, the epic Indian poem of courage, magic and humour. Over time, the Buddhist Thais have adapted the story to their own distinctive culture.

Thai Manohra

Thai manohra is a southern Thailand form of likhe. It is thought to be the oldest style of Thai dance drama and has a similar storyline to the Ramayana in which Prince Suthon sets off to rescue the kidnapped Manohra, a khinnari or woman-bird princess.

Visakha Bucha Day in Thailand

Visakha Bucha Day

Visakha Bucha or Vesak Day is one of the most important Buddhist festivals on the Thai calendar. It celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. According to Theravada Buddhism, these three events all took place on the same day, the full moon day of the sixth lunar month of Visaka.

On Visakha Bucha Day, devout Buddhists visit the temples to meditate and listen to sermons, and bring flowers and offerings.

In the evenings there are beautiful candlelit processions, and worshippers walk around the main shrine of a temple three times to celebrate the three jewels of Buddhism; Buddha, his teachings or the Dhamma, and the monkhood or Sangha.

In Bangkok, Wat Saket, the Golden Mount temple, is a popular place to celebrate Visakha Bucha Day.

Sofitel Candle Ritual: French Elegance and Thai Culture

Bangkok city hotel

As the sun sinks slowly behind the Bangkok skyline, guests can begin a relaxed evening in the City of Angels at the Sofitel candle ritual.

The enchanting daily ritual continues a French tradition that dates back to the 17th century and the reign of Louis XIV. Every evening in the Paris streets, flickering candles would be lit to reveal the mysteries of the night and the fashionable metropolis became known as Ville de Lumière – the City of Lights. Continue reading Sofitel Candle Ritual: French Elegance and Thai Culture